This 5 mile circular walk starts in the quaint hamlet of Chappel, six miles west north west of Colchester in Essex. It takes in a combination of arable land, river valley grazing meadows, and the largest wood in the area. Highlights are extensive views across the Colne Valley, lovely mixed woodland, two large old river mills, extensive riverside meadows and marshland, and a most impressive railway viaduct.
The route is easy going, with just one steady climb up a slope. Parts of the route are almost always wet and muddy, but there is only one stile. Grazing livestock, mainly sheep, will be encountered in both the early and latter parts of the walk, where dogs will need to be kept under close control. The walk includes 400 metres along a quiet tarmac lane. Allow around 2.5 hours.
The walk starts in a free public car park, just past the Chappel village school. If you are coming by car, the approximate post code is CO6 2DD. If you are coming by train, Chappel rail station is 700 metres from the start of the walk. It is served by trains running between Marks Tey and Sudbury. At Marks Tey, these connect with trains on the main line between London Liverpool Street and Colchester, Ipswich, Norwich, Harwich and Clacton. From the rail station, walk down the hill, cross the main A1124, cross over the river and walk past the pub and village school on your left. The start of the walk is immediately after the school. By bus, First bus routes 88 and 88A run from Colchester to Halstead. These buses stop at the village shop, 200 metres from the start of the walk, on the A1124.
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