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?

Close up of the exterior of Bourne Mill

Bourne Mill a Wee Wander

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

Couple walking

Danbury Common to Lingwood Common walk

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

A footpath through Lingwood Common, Essex

Lingwood Common to Blakes Wood walk

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.

Bluebells at Blakes Wood, Essex, in spring

Blake's Wood to Lingwood Common walk

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

Tree growing in open parkland in May at Hatfield Forest

Forest Trail

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.

An old red brick church with no tower set in a green field

Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk

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

Woodland pasture and a few scattered trees at Takeley Hill

Flitch Way and Forest walk

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.

Woodland pasture carpeted in buttercups

Golden Boots Trail

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.

Lillies on the Decoy Lake, with Capability Brown inset

Capability Brown Trail

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

Tree Trail

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.

View of the causeway across the Blackwater Estuary to Northey Island, Maldon, Essex, at low tide.

Northey Island circular walk

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

Paycocke's is a half-timbered 16th century merchant's house

Paycocke's Tudor Coggeshall walk

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