Tiptree Jam & Bluebell carpets
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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.
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What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres - more if you have a dog with you
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 but on my trial of this walk a lot of the paths and fields were very muddy so please use waterproof hiking boots if its been a wet week beforehand.
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable.
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and plenty of hydration. There is a planned stop half way along the route at the Wilkinson Jam Factory Tea Rooms for some tale away tea/coffee and cake (covid restrictions at the time allowing of course).