The Real Essex Way & Steam Railway

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Jun 24

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"The deepest Essex few explore where steepest thatch is sunk in flowers and out of elm and sycamore rise flinty fifteenth-century towers " Sir John Betjeman (1954)

The Essex Way trail is a 81 mile long distance trail starting at Epping and stretching across the county to Harwich on the coast. 

This gently paced Sunday stroll is along a 12.5km / 8 miles section of that pathway in the form of a linear walk from Epping to Chipping Ongar, where we will leave the Essex way for the day and "let the train take the strain" with our return journey taken care of by nostalgic steam locomotive to North Weald Bassett where we will board a vintage Routemaster bus to ferry us back to Epping station. 

Our route will quickly take us out of Epping into open fields and countryside, before entering ancient woodland, Ongar wood is the first recorded deer park as mentioned in an Anglo-Saxon will of 1045.
As we exit the woodland again into open fields, we will soon pass over the route of the Roman road between Colchester and London and head towards Toot Hill (meaning 'lookout post') where unsurprisingly we will be treated to some great views out across the Essex countryside.
Our journey will take us onward to the small hamlet of Greensted, noted for its ancient Saxon church, the picturesque St. Andrews church is the oldest wooden church in the world dating back to 645 AD and the oldest 'Stave Built' building in Europe.
It is here in this pretty churchyard that we can stop for our picnic lunch and explore the church if you desire or just soak up the sun (weather permitting) before continuing on the final portion of the walk to Chipping Ongar.
Once we arrive in Ongar there will be time for refreshments or you may wish to explore the town, before we board a steam train to North Weald, from here we take the '339' a vintage Routemaster bus from North Weald back to Epping station to conclude our day out in the Essex countryside. (The cost of the combined train and bus from Ongar to Epping is £7 per person please have the correct fare in cash) 

Epping Tube Station
Greensted Church
Epping Tube Station
Greensted Church


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