ESSEX WAY STAGE 3 - GOOD EASTER to LITTLE LEIGHS (9.5 miles)
START - GOOD EASTER (Map Ref: TL 626123)
L = left; R = right; TL = turn left; TR = turn right; X = cross over;
CONT = continue; THRU = through; ST = stile; WM = waymark;
FPS = footpath (or bridleway) sign; FB = footbridge (normally wood);
TK = track; RD = road; KG = kissing gate.
All distances are approximate
1 From crossroads follow RD signed ‘Pleshey’ for 50M to FPS (Bridleway) and TL.
Ahead 10M and TR at FPS to follow field edge (houses to R) for 200M to TK
junction. At TK junction turn L and CONT with ditch, then hedge, on your R for
650M to X FB to RD.
2 TR at RD and CONT for 300M to sharp R bend in RD. TL here ( FPS) onto Byway
and CONT 500M to sharp L turn. Here TR at red gate with WM.
CONT ahead 300M, fence on L, to black metal gate. IGNORE L OR R TURNS
follow enclosed bridleway for 1200M to RD (Stagden Cross).
3 At RD TR, past red postal box, for 50M to RD junction. CONT ahead, signed
‘Chelmsford’, for 150M and turn L at FPS (BYWAY) just after end of hedge. Ahead
on gravel TK between trees (ignoring L/R turns) for 1000M to emerge at field. CONT
ahead on field edge, with hedge and ditch on R, eventually becoming TK for 1000M to
RD (just after farm buildings on your R).
4 At RD CONT straight ahead for 400M (passing ‘Pleshey Grange’ & red post box on
your R) to TR (at FPS) onto Bridleway opposite road junction. CONT, sticking to
main bridleway at all times, for 800M to RD.
5 At RD TL and follow main road through Pleshey village (ignore L RD turns) for 850M
to reach Anglia Water metal gate, on your R, just past ‘Mount House’.
Go up to gate and TL following extremely close by fence then ditch (on your L) for
450M passing WM to X ditch on earth bridge by another WM.
6 Immediately TR, ditch now on your R, and CONT ahead on field edges for 1000M to
where concrete bridge crosses ditch. TL for 50M towards reservoir and TR at metal
gate following TK at bottom of bank.
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7 TL for very short distance then TR & CONT on TK with hedge on your L (ditch
parallel about 50M away).
Follow this TK for 450M until just before next reservoir. TR off main TK at WM
between reservoir and wire fence for 50M and CONT on TK as it bears L. Follow TK
(reservoir on L, ditch on R) for 200M to RD.
8 X RD to FPS and CONT ahead, hedge on your L, for 800M (ignoring path to L) to
reach RD (Great Waltham). (6.5 MILES)
9 X main RD CAREFULLY to FPS and go THRU KG. CONT slightly half R (ish)
across park passing just to R of metal railings encircling three trees to reach white KG
after 200M. THRU KG, immediately X drive and pass THRU another KG. CONT
100M across park to next KG. Pass THRU this KG and TR on drive.
10 CONT 250M down drive and bear L at end (Pets’ cemetery) to soon X bridge over
river and CONT short distance to X next bridge. Immediately bear L for 50M across
grass to white KG. Pass THRU KG and CONT ahead, fence on L, 450M to X ST and
X RD to FPS. CONT ahead, fence and ditch on L, for 400M to X ST and reach main
RD (A130, Essex Regiment Way).
X RD EXTREMELY CAREFULLY to FPS and X ST. (7.5 MILES)
11 CONT ahead, with ditch then hedge on L, 200M to field corner (telegraph post).
CONT ahead THRU gap following line of telegraph posts to next corner. CONT ahead
THRU gap and X FB to CONT with hedge/ditch on L (passing under triple overhead
wires) for 800M to eventually pass between two tall hedges and reach RD by group of
12 At RD TL and follow RD THRU Chatham Green Village for 500M to RD junction. X
straight over past FPS and ‘NO THROUGH ROAD’ sign & CONT on concrete TK
(houses on your R). TK becomes dirt/grass. CONT straight ahead (ignore TK on L) to
pass field gate. X field slightly R to gap by FPS
13 CONT ahead with hedge on R for 250M to where fence starts.
Immediately TL on broad grass TK (wire fence on R) for 100M and TR at FPS.
CONT ahead, with hedge on left, for 300M to reach lane by *Little Leighs Church.
* Map Ref: TL 719167
Ele: 61/-80 m
Tbp: 27 Hardness:101
Sti: 0:26 (33.9 kmh)