Tiptree Jam & Bluebell carpets

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Lowland and Hill Walks
May 15

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Most of the terraine is flat although there is a slight but very gentle incline over the course of about 1.5 miles near the start of the walk

This circular walk is approx 11.5 miles in total and starts from the pretty North Essex village of Kelvedon which has a number of listed character buildings. Once though the village, we will head out through the Essex Countryside on a very gentle incline via an area known as Windmill Hill (yes there are some hills -ish in Essex!) on our way to Tiptree.

Our route will take alongside some of the fruit fields of the renowned Wilkinsons Jam Factory. Subject to covid opening at the time, the plan is to stop by the tea rooms here to get a take away coffee and maybe a scone with some of the famous jam you can sample. There is a gift shop there too with jams of course and some pretty good gins!

We'll then head though Tiptree back out into the countryside again on our alternative route back to Kelvedon. We'll pass through the lovely Pods Wood which during mid May should be carpeted with bluebells. We'll then pass through the picturesque little village of Messing. From there it's across Fields and passing Prested Hall Country House Hotel and grounds before arriving back into Kelvedon via its sister village of Feering. 

Is it dog friendly?  Yes!!  4 legged friends are welcome but please abide by the Countryside Code (https://tinyurl.com/rlqvp3h) and note there are a couple of stiles to cross. The Tea Room has an outside seating area. Please remember not everyone loves dogs as much as you do so please be mindful of other members.

For those wishing to arrive to this event by train, Kelvedon has a mainline railway station with services from London Liverpool Street. 

New Members - I would like to warmly welcome any newbies looking perhaps to try this as their first Outdoor Lads event. You may find this link useful https://www.outdoorlads.com/my-first-event or if you have If you have any questions then feel free to message me. 

Image credits: Photos are all the property of Andy Gent and I give full consent for these to be used for OutdoorLads purposes at any time

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Pods Woods Tiptree
Kelvedon - By the Tavern
Kelvedon - Grey Mill
Kelvedon - River Scene
Footpath Sign - Windmill Hill - Inworth
Wilkinsons Jam Factory - Tea Room - Tiptree
Kelvedon -  St Marys Square - Old Buildings
North Essex Countryside - Kelvedon to Tiptree Walk
Pods Woods Tiptree
Kelvedon - By the Tavern
Kelvedon - Grey Mill
Kelvedon - River Scene
Footpath Sign - Windmill Hill - Inworth
Wilkinsons Jam Factory - Tea Room - Tiptree
Kelvedon -  St Marys Square - Old Buildings
North Essex Countryside - Kelvedon to Tiptree Walk


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