Walking in Essex

Whether you're after a long ramble or a short stroll, we know of some great walks you might like to try. From exploring Hatfield Forest to some of our hidden gems like Danbury Common and Blake's Wood, why not pull on those walking boots and head out on one of our trails? Or try our walk from Shaw's Corner at Ayot St. Lawrence, near Welwyn in Hertfordshire.

Close up of the exterior of Bourne Mill

Bourne Mill, Colchester, Essex, a Wee Wander circular walk

Take a circular walk from Bourne Mill, visiting the streets of Colchester where pubs were built in the 19th century.

Autumn leaves on the woodland floor

Danbury Common to Lingwood Common walk, Chelmsford, Essex

Follow this waymarked trail, discovering open heathland, wooded glades, wetland and all the wildlife that thrive in the variety of habitats.

A bridleway leading to Lingwood Common

Lingwood Common to Blake's Wood walk, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex

Take this waymarked trail between the two commons, passing through a mix of environments including open heathland, wooded glades, plus an area of wetland that’s a haven for wildlife.

A shot of Blakes Wood in spring

Blake's Wood to Lingwood Common walk, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex

Find your way to Lingwood Common on this easy-to-follow walking trail. Enjoy some great views over the Essex countryside and peaceful spots within the woods.

Tree growing in open parkland in May at Hatfield Forest

Forest walk at Hatfield Forest, Takeley, Essex

Discover the sights that make the forest a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with wildlife and wildflowers to spot in summer.

The outside of the Grange barn with picnic benches infront

Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk, Coggeshall, Essex

Step out on a walk from Grange Barn through the Essex countryside to another Trust property, Paycocke’s House. Walking along the River Blackwater, this three-mile circular walk takes you right back to where you started.

A gate across a track in Hatfield Forest, with autumn mist

Hatfield Forest Flitch Way and Forest walk, Takeley, Essex

A circular family walk through the Forest and on the Flitch Way, where the ancient trees are like magnificent living sculptures, peaceful giants worn and fragile from centuries of seasons and use.

A view of Hatfield London Road in May together with buttercups

Hatfield Forest Golden Boots walk, Takeley, Essex

In May and June, the plains at Hatfield Forest turned into a sea of gold by over 300 million buttercups - an extra special time to enjoy this walk.

Ancient ride through a coppice near Eight Wantz Ways

Hatfield Forest, Takeley to Wall Wood walk, Essex

No other forest on Earth evokes the atmosphere of a medieval hunting forest so completely. The ancient trees are like magnificent living sculptures, peaceful giants worn and fragile from centuries of seasons and use.

Lillies on the Decoy Lake, with Capability Brown inset

Hatfield Forest Capability Brown Trail, Takeley, Essex

Discover some of the sites associated with the development of the central area of the forest as a pleasure ground in the 18th century, including the Brownian legacy.

Ancient oak and hornbeam trees in autumn

Hatfield Forest tree walk Takeley Essex

On this gentle circular walk around the central area of the Forest you'll pass a variety of interesting trees that make it a site of great historical and ecological importance. Buggy-friendly, mostly hard surfaces.

Northey Island across River Blackwater

Northey Island circular walk, Maldon, Essex

Take a circular walk to Northey Island or just walk along the sea wall.

Gallows Street Coggeshall in Tudor times...

Paycocke's Tudor Coggeshall walk, near Colchester, Essex

Step back in time to the year 1512 and get a fascinating insight into Tudor life as you walk through Coggeshall.

Ayot St. Lawrence Old Church

Wheathampstead to Shaws Corner circular walk, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire

This circular walk partially follows a route taken by George Bernard Shaw, beginning and ending in the pretty village of Wheathampstead; you can call in at Shaw's Corner along the way and look at Aynot St. Lawrence 'Old Church'