3 village circular walk through Howegreen, Great Baddow, and Sandon
Along pavements, footpaths and bridleways and across fields.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Park for free at the Village Car Park opposite the URC chapel in East Hanningfield Rd, Howe Green, Chelmsford CM2 7TJ. Exit the carpark turning left and left again at the T-junction. Cross the Southend Road at one of the traffic islands and walk down and out through the end of the village until you find a field entrance on your right. The road is marked Slow and is near a substation.
(1) Follow the field edge to your left following the brook around until you reach a man-made concrete channel for the brook under a road bridge carrying the A130 road. Cross under the bridge, keeping right and follow the footpath that runs alongside the A130 until it heads off diagonally left to Little Sir Hughes Farm. Take the track keeping the farm on your left and follow it to the T-junction where you turn right.
(2) Follow this road all the way to the T-junction with West Hanningfield Road. Again turn right and follow West Hanningfield Road until you come to the Great Mascals farm on your right. Enter the farm past the cow barns and to the 5 bar gate. Go through the gate closing it carefully behind you and watch out for the flock of geese that inhabit the pond behind you to your left. They are inquisitive but not usually threatening. Continue ahead through the next 2 fields using the stiles until you come to an open field surrounded by trees. Cross this crop field, going through the centre on the footpath until you reach a gap in the hedge that borders West Hanningfield Road.
(3) Emerge onto West Hanningfield Road, turning right to walk up past Baddow Hospital and Pontlands Park Hotel. At the T-Junction with Church Street, cross the road and turn left to walk down to the Bringey mini trading estate on your right. There is a cafe here for your first opportunity for a drink stop.
(4) Follow Church Street for another few metres and take the track to your right "The Bringey path" (If you don't turn left here you will end up in the centre of Great Baddow with St Mary's chuch, 2 pubs and another cafe in the "Vineyards shops".) Follow the Bringey past Baddow Hall School and to the Park. At the School, turn right and follow the "Bringey" all the way to The Sandon School on Molrams Lane.
(5) Cross Molrams Lane, walking straight ahead onto Woodhill road, passing the school on your left until you reach St Andrew's church and the Village green of Sandon. Here is another opportunity for refreshments at the Crown pub.
(6) Walk past the Crown Pub down Hall Lane following as it twists left and then straight over Sandon Brook and up a steep incline to a footpath. The footpath turns right and you follow this to a stile which places you on a private road bridge over the A12 road. BEWARE trucks loading into the old quarry. Turn left, over the bridge, and immediately right to follow the footpath on the field edge. At the end of the field, turn left and follow the field edge down to Sandon Hall Farm. This can be slippery when wet and is overgrown with bramble and nettles.
(7) At the farm turm right and head up the concrete bridleway all the way back to the United Reform Chapel and the car park in East Hanninfield Road.
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Howe Green village car park
1 : km 0.63 - alt. km 0.63 - Enter field on your right
2 : km 1.8 - alt. km 1.8 - Turn right at T-junction
3 : km 4.71 - alt. km 4.71 - Turn right onto West Hanningfield Road
4 : km 5.34 - alt. km 5.34 - Take the Bringey path
5 : km 6.1 - alt. km 6.1 - Cross Molrams Lane
6 : km 6.66 - alt. km 6.66 - Walk past the Crown Pub down Hall Lane
7 : km 8.16 - alt. km 8.16 - At the farm turm right
D/A : km 8.9 - alt. km 8.9 - Howe Green village car park
N.B. The paths can be muddy when wet.
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Global average : 2.5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 3.5/5
Routemap quality : 2/5
Walk interest : 2/5
Global average : 2 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Very disappointing
Noisy, very loud and busy road all around the walk.
Moreover, point 7 'at the farm', I found a fence which we barely managed to pass through! sneak through the fence in a hole on its left side. Also many signs of 'private property' near the farm (point 7).
Last, between point 1 to the main road, there is currently an arable field and the path is slightly on the left side ( southern compared to the current route).
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Global average : 3 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Average
This needs revising- the instructions at the start are confusing.
They should indicate that you should walk a couple of hundred yards beyond the village end and look for a footpath sign.
Follow that through a field entrance and take the left fork. After another two hundred yards you will encounter the electricity sub-station in the field. Turn left at the signpost and head across to the A12.
(When we did this last week another group of walkers were taking a greta deal of time deciding how to proceed once they had left the main road.)
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