Walks And Walking – Kelvedon To Coggeshall Essex Walking Routes
A delightful UK walking route around the Essex countryside to include Coggeshall Hall, the Grange Barn, Coggeshall Abbey and walking along the Blackwater River through plenty of open fields from Kelvedon to Coggeshall and back.
We set off at about 9am with Tedi safely in his child carrier and our usual outdoor clothing. Mary made a very good point today by choosing walking trousers against my walking shorts option on the basis that walking through farmland countryside probably means lots of biting insects and nettles. As always, Mary was right as I got stung by numerous beasts and plant life despite long socks over my walking boots.
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Starting from Kelvedon Train Station we turned left at the bottom of the car park walking for a very short while to turn right at the first footpath sign by the river. At the metal gate we turned right to fork left at the waymark on the left. We then walked through the gooseberry fields to another waymarker and through a gap with a blackcurrant field on our right. We then reached a footpath sign on our right and continued straight on to a wide path passed a terracotta coloured house on our right and straight on again to a concrete signpost and on to another on our left and through wheat fields as the path bends right to a sign post and style.We the headed straight on up the road passing Scrips Road on our left and on in to Coggeshall Hamlet.
We then turned right down Pointwell Lane to a sign post and cattle grid and turned left by the waymarker on the shed door to cross the Pointwell Mill Bridge and through a metal gate on to a wide grassy path with the river on our left to the bridge crossing Pointwell Spill Weir. We then walked straight on to a style crossing a meadow to another style with the river still on our left to fork left and then turn left across a bridge to stables and Coggeshall Abbey. We then continued straight on up the gravel lane to St Nicholas’ Chapel on our right where horses were grazing making it a lovely photograph!
A milestone let us know we were now on a part of The Essex Way so we carried on upwards to reach the road by the Grange Barn (the oldest barn in Europe and built in 1140). We then turned right and along to Grange Hill bridge before turning right at the White Hart pub just opposite the Chapel Inn and its neighbouring bright blue tower.We then followed the road as it started to bend round to the right passing many Tudor style buildings careful not to miss our right hand turn down the waymarked alley and cutting across playing fields to a metal gate.
We then turned left and walked up the hill until we reached and turned right just before reached the A120 road by the ROse Cottage to a signpost in front of us to the right taking us right and across a small wooden bridge in to fields where we then turned left at the next waymark and the turning right to follow the field edge right the way round to the next waymarker where we turned right cutting across the pathway through the fields to the awaiting waymarker in view.
We then turned left at this waymarker and then straight across at the next signpost with the pathway bending right at the signpost to a wide grassy track to the farm buildings and Skye Green.We turned left up the road to the junction where we turned right at the large white signpost in the middle of the road. After passing a small terrace of houses we saw the signpost taking us right besides the bungalow. Here we turned left to follow the field edge to a signpost and across another small wooden bridge where we turned right and then left to cut across the field pathway to a signpost and another by the gap in the hedges to cross another field towards some houses with the faint sight of the church tower just behind.
At the signpost we turned right and then left at the next signpost to the road at Church Farm. We then turned right passing the All Saints Church on our right. At the T-junction we turned right and then a saw the next signpost by an old wooden gate to walk downhill and on to duck board to meet the river on our right and then the cricket pitch on our left. Following the river pathway we then reached Rye Hill House and around the other side of the cricket pitch until we saw the railway bridge.
Walking under the bridge we then turned right in to Sherwood Drive and right again when we reached Feering Hill and passing the Railway Inn with all outside seats occupied by the river’s edge! By this time the weather had picked up considerably and it was getting very hot so we were glad to turn right on to Station Road until we reached the station car park.
We then drove round to The Angel Kelvedon for some hand cut chips and local ale, which went down way to quickly, as we looked back on a splendid 3 hour and about 8 miles of beautiful Essex countryside and the outstanding villages of Coggeshall and Kelvedon.