Chelmsford to historical site at Pleshey
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Come and join OutdoorLads for this summertime linear walk to experience some of the underestimated lovely north Essex Countryside.
Starting conveniently from Chelmsford City, this mostly flat route takes us initially through the town for approx. 1.5 miles before escaping out into the countryside.
We’ll pass through a couple of nice villages, Broad Street and Great Waltham to wet your appetite for our destination picturesque village of Pleshey. A very pretty place, Pleshey boasts some character cottages and has an interesting history stemming from the original 12th century Castle which once dominated the village. We will be able to explore the site of this and cross the moat via the 1400s built brick bridge to the ‘Motte’ where the castle used to stand originally.
The village’s more recent claim to fame is the ownership of The Leather Bottle Pub by the late Keith Flint of The Prodigy. No doubt we will sample a pint in there (in his memory maybe) before catching the bus back to the start.
Please remember to bring change for the bus as not all of them take contactless.
Dogs are welcome to join us on this event but please note the following:
- The leader cannot 100% guarantee the suitability of this route for your dog – it is best to consult with the leader before booking the event
- Please respect and appreciate the fact that not everyone is a dog owner or lover- especially when we stop to eat
- Please ensure you adhere to the Countryside Code at all times (Keeping Dogs Under Effective Control)
- If your dog is uncontrolled and strays in open land frightening other animals or livestock, the leader is empowered by the OutdoorLads board of trustees to ask you to leave the event as soon as it is safe and practical.
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What to bring
Please dress for the weather on the day but a good list of consideration is below:
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Food & drink
Please bring plenty of water for hydration, any snacks and also a packed lunch. There are ample shops at Chelmsford station for those wishing to pick up supplies.