Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk, Coggeshall, Essex

Walking trail

With its astonishing cathedral-like interior, Grange Barn is one of Europe's oldest timber-framed buildings. This pleasant circular country walk with the National Trust, takes you via the Essex Way along the River Blackwater footpath to Paycocke's House. Visit St. Nicholas Chapel and the Coggeshall 'guesthouse' Abbey ruins.

Saunders Tools Collection

In a separate building opposite the barn, is a special display of woodcarving tools used by local master carver Bryan Saunders until his death in 1975. For anyone with an interest in traditional woodworking, the Saunders Collection is a goldmine of fascinating chisels, hammers, knives, measuring devices, and a plethora of other carving tools.


Map route for Coggeshall Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk


Grange Barn car park, grid ref: TL848223


Exit Grange Barn car park and turn right on to Essex Way going straight through Grange Farm and keeping the hedgerow initially on your left hand side. Once past a large oak tree, the hedgerow comes over to the right. Keep going until the end of this hedgerow. Look out for rabbits and pheasants in the fields either side.

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Grange Barn in Essex


Turn right off Essex Way at end of hedgerow and walk down by side of another hedgerow on right. Go over a small bridge in the corner then bear right and left and aim towards an arched footbridge (Nunn's footbridge) over the river. Look out for a variety of wild flowers and watch out for boggy areas after rainfall.

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Nunn's Footbridge Coggeshall


Carefully cross over the river at the arched footbridge then turn right and follow the river along the footpath. The footbridge is braced with metal rods and therefore must be climbed over, please exercise caution when crossing. Look out for any wildlife activity in the river and/or observe the general area for trees and plants. Follow the footpath, round the horseshoe in river, and approximately 5 minutes later turn left on the path up to the right side of Coggeshall Town football club, leading to the main road (West Street).

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View of a swan on the Blackwater River Coggeshall


At the football club entrance, cross over the road, turn right, then left at footpath sign. Keep on footpath through gate then keep ahead to second gate, with paddock on your left. Keep straight ahead with wall on your right. Cross straight over track and onto open field. Take right fork by some trees and with copse on your right, keep ahead until next path junction.


At path junction turn right through the gate, through car park to main road. Cross over road turn left and along to Paycocke's House.

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Paycockes House dates from around 1500


On exiting Paycocke's, turn right along West Street - there's a memorial garden on right hand side that's worth a detour. Go straight over at road junction to the next junction at The White Hart Hotel close to town.


At The White Hart Hotel junction you have the option of going into town and exploring the antique shops and cafés and look out for the Victorian Clock Tower. Otherwise, turn right at this junction, signposted Kelvedon and Grange Barn. Before the bridge there's a picnic area on right-hand side where ducks will often be seen. Cross the bridge and half way up hill to the Essex Way by Grange Barn.

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Victorian Clock Tower in Coggeshall


Now cross over the road from Grange Barn and follow the Essex Way footpath eastwards to see St Nicholas Chapel and after another 10-minute walk, the 'guesthouse' Abbey ruins further down on the left. When finished, return back along the Essex Way, cross over main road then back into Coggeshall Grange Barn. Spend some time here if you did not do it earlier, and look at the exhibits.

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Coggeshall Abbey ruins became Cistercian in 1147


Grange Barn car park, grid ref: TL848223

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Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk, Coggeshall, Essex


Paths are muddy and boggy after wet weather, so boots may be necessary. Please note that the river bridge is braced by metal bars which need climbing over, so take care when crossing. Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Dogs welcome, but please keep under close control when on pavements and also at Grange Barn, and must be kept on a lead in Paycocke's garden. Please clear up any dog litter.

Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk, Coggeshall, Essex

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Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk, Coggeshall, Essex

How to get here

Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex CO6 1RE. Car parking is available in the village, not at Grange Barn at the present time.
By train

Kelvedon, 2.5 miles (4km).

By road

A120, Braintree to Colchester, then take roads off the Coggeshall by-pass into the town, then 0.25 miles (0.5km) south from centre of Coggeshall.

By foot

The Essex Way, Harwich to Epping, passes right by the Grange Barn.

By bus

First 70/70x, Braintree to Colchester.

Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk, Coggeshall, Essex

Facilities and access

  • Parking: in the village car park or on street
  • WCs: adapted toilet next to main barn
  • Food and drink: many outlets available in town. Tea shop in Paycocke's