Walking in Essex" by Peter Aylmer but today Gill and I went for a lovely 5 mile walk around Little Baddow, Essex, which is around 45 minutes drive from Forest Gate. The full walk is 10 miles but we split it in two.
We saw onroute one muntjac deer, grey squirrels and many pheasants,
There was a slight problem that the River Chelmer was flooded (ses collage) so we had to make detours but with membership of OS Maps online you can find out where you are via your smartphone and see what alternative routes you can use.
It was sad to read in our guidebook that Lady Alice Mildmay (of Little Baddow Hall see top left) haunts a bridge we crossed where she killed herself in 1615 "to escape her husbands unkindness".
Apparently also that Baddow Manor used to belong to Scottish King (or rebel) "Robert the Bruce"