Walks

Walks with wildlife in mind

Winter walkers © Robert Bartlett

Winter walkers © Robert Bartlett

These suggested walks are designed for the part of the year when wildlife is active, roughly between late March and October. Wildlife is seasonal and what you might see will depend on the time of year. In winter most wildlife is absent, so the walk may still be enjoyable, but you will not see as much wildlife. Click the Green links to go to the route page where you will find a map and guide points.

 

 

Wildlife Walk One

Widdington

Starting from Widdington TL538317. A walk of about three and a quarter miles through green lanes, ancient woodland and passing  by summer wildflower meadows.
OS Explorer Sheet 195.

Wildlife Walk Two

Great Dunmow

Start Point New Street Car Park, Map ref TL629218, Distance 3.75 miles. Allow 4 hours. The walk leads out of Great Dunmow to follow the Flitch Way through Dunmow Cutting, with its wildflowers and butterflies, returning through agricultural land and past woodland.

Wildlife Walk Three

Peppers Green

Start Point at the layby on the A1060 at Salts Green TL621109. Distance 5 miles. Allow 4 hours. The walk leads through green lanes across the arable countryside, passing small woods and a group of lakes in the River Can valley, and finishing with a special roadside verge

Wildlife Walk Four

The Bardfield Oxlip

A walk just outside the boundary of Uttlesford to see the Oxlip and the countryside around Great Bardfield. OS Explorer Sheet 195. Starting from the centre of the village, a walk of about 3 and a half miles. OS Reference TL677305. Take the walk in April to see the Oxlip in flower.

Wildlife Walk Five

Stansted Mountfitchet and the Aubrey Buxton nature reserve.

A walk of about four miles to see the countryside around Stansted, with a visit to the Essex Wildlife Trust Aubrey Buxton Nature Reserve. OS Explorer Sheet 195. Starting from the car park by the castle and railway in the centre of the village. OS Reference TL517249.

Wildlife Walk Six

Bishops Stortford and the Rushy Mead nature reserve.

A walk of about four miles from the centre of Bishops Stortford along the River Stort path to the Essex Wildlife Trust Rushy Mead Nature Reserve.

Wildlife Walk Seven

Thaxted to the West Wood nature reserve.

A walk of about four miles from the centre of Thaxted to see the Essex Wildlife Trust West Wood Nature Reserve.

Wildlife Walk Eight

Stansted Mountfitchet to the Turners Spring nature reserve.

A walk of about three and a half miles from the centre of Stansted to see the Essex Wildlife Trust Turners Spring Nature Reserve.

Wildlife Walk Nine

Thaxted to Sweetings Meadow nature reserve

A walk of about 8 Miles from the centre of Thaxted to see the Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Sweetings Meadow

Other Walks are available, the following website lists lots of walks and has an OS map that you can save and print with the route on. Worth a look.

http://www.essexwalks.com/