The start of the walk is amongst the remnants of the ancient Writtle Forest. You can park outside the "Gray & Sons" pub, "The Cricketers" (no known relative - unfortunately) The landscape of woodland and open grassland has hardly changed since the middle ages. It is amazing that it has survived.
Other highlights of the walk include the many footbridges, the Big Essex skies, beautiful winter sunshine shadows, the picturesque Norman Church at Blackmore (as well as it's lovely village green and duck pond).
Downside was the mud and biting cold wind but what do you expect when walking anywhere in the UK in January?
“There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”
― Alfred Wainwright,