Walks And Walking – Essex Walks Rochford Walking Route
This is a walk I completed some time ago but on the day I forgot my camera so did not have any photographs to accompany the walking route. As the weather has been so rubbish over the Diamond Jubilee I thought I would finally get round to writing it up in the absence of me being able to get out for a decent walk over the long weekend. This Essex walk is very flat, suitable for all the family, covering 8 miles and takes about 2.5 hours from the centre of Rochford along the banks of the River Roach and back around to Rochford via some traditional Essex countryside paths. You can find a walking route map of this walk here.
From Rochford car park I walked up between the houses to the market square walking right on to South Street turning left in to Watts Lane joining the Roach Valley Way with the River Roach on my left hand side. I continued my walk following the main track up to and over the footbridge to Stambridge Mill walking around the mill by the concrete pathway to Mill Lane where I then turned left and then walked right across the field to the next footbridge over the fishing lake. I then walked through the kissing gate and on to a gravel track keeping straight ahead through the trees and field with Broomhills House on my right hand side following the waymarker through another kissing gate to join the walk along the river bank path climbing up to the grassy banks and sea wall. On my left hand side was Great Stambridge Church and Saxon Tower, I found this photograph here.
I continued my walk along the Roach Valley Way in to Bartonhall Creek walking right at the bottom of the creek turning left down the banks to the waymarker walking towards Great Stambridge where I left the Roach Valley Way walking along the field edge track towards the houses and Ash Tree Court to then join Stambridge Road. I then walked right in to Great Stambridge passing the pub and post office where I then walked left in to Stewards Elm Farm Lane following the waymarker over the footbridge keeping straight ahead through the paddocks to a kissing gate where I then turned left following the field edge track with Ragstone Lodge and Rectory on my left hand side.
I continued my walk across the field following the waymarkers walking right, then left, then right to Stambridge Road where I then walked right at the pub turning left in to Mill Lane and right across the field joining Rocheway in to East Street and the pub on my right hand side. I then turned left in to South Street back to the car park.