Having completed the London Loop (some more complete than others..) the midweek walkers embarked on the 81 mile Essex Way, beginning at Epping and finishing at Harwich. The first section from Epping To Ongar was undertaken by 2 separate groups on 6th and 13th of October. This was a varied landscape through fields and interesting woodland. The second group had a slightly damper and muddier experience, picking up the first mud of the season on their boots -very sticky Essex mud at that. Lunch was on the green at Toot Hill with a drink at the local pub. From Ongar the bus took us back to Epping Station.
The second stretch on 20th October began with the return bus to Ongar. The day was overcast but mostly dry until near the end. The autumn colours had developed since the previous week and there was plenty of hedgerow fruit to be found. The walk took us through fields alongside the River Roding and along pretty green lanes. Lunch was in the village churchyard at Willingale which has 2 churches! We looked in one of them which is no longer used for worship. The other one is undergoing major restoration and currently has no roof, so worshippers must have to go elsewhere! Sadly there was no pub remaining in the village. We finished the section near the hamlet of Peppers Green where there was just a bus stop with an hourly bus which arrived only a few minutes late and took us to Chelmsford to catch a train back to London.