18th May 2017: Essex Way 3rd stage, around Chelmsford.

Our group resumed its Essex Way project with this pleasant trek to the NW of Chelmsford. Beginning at Pepper’s Green, we walked through barley fields to Good Easter, which holds the world record for daisy chain making; we saw dense scatters of daisies in the churchyard. Pushing on through green lanes to Pleshey, we had a picnic lunch by the moat of the impressive castle, held by the de Mandevilles in Norman times, then a decent beer or cider in the Leather Bottle pub across the road. The last two miles to Great Waltham followed a tree-lined brook, past gravel-pit lakes and copses, then through a wide field of fragrant-flowering broad beans. In good time we reached the village church with its remarkable 14th C gatehouse and a talking bench. Along this way we had noted three distinguished churches and much other heritage of medieval and early modern Essex.

This project will continue along the next six stages of the Essex Way on alternate Thursdays. On Thurs 1 June we will meet at the 42A bus stop in Chelmsford bus station at 10.10 to take the 10.22 back to Great Waltham and walk eight miles to White Notley. Buy a train ticket London to White Notley day return and take 9.30 from Liverpool Street or 9.38 from Stratford. Members of Red Rope are warmly welcomed on these Thursday walks.​


Steve Butters
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