Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Country Walking: Kelvedon Hatch, Essex

On Saturday, Gill and I went for a 7.64 mile circular walk starting at Kelvedon Hatch outside the Eagle Pub. Only 40 minutes drive from East London. 

Courtesy of subscription to OS Maps on line which has selected recommended walks for free provided by Country Walking magazine. Must visit former nuclear bunker next time. Nice rolling countryside. Super quiet, saw hardly anyone else walking. Cold beer at end in Eagle's beer garden. 

"Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker was designed to house hundreds of people, including the Prime Minister, in the event of a nuclear war. The early part of the walk has good views of the 50m radio mast above the bunker. The final stretch, looping through beechwoods along country lanes around the bunker site and themed obstacle course, is spectacular in autumn. In between, there are miles of Essex countryside; look out for deer, rabbits, buzzards and lots more wildlife. By Phoebe Taplin Route Start/parking: The Eagle in Kelvedon Hatch, postcode CM15 0FA, grid ref TQ572986 Is it for me? Some roadside walking including a couple of short, but awkward stretches on busy roads. Rural hazards including mud, brambles, livestock or ploughed fields in season Stiles: 9 Planning Nearest town: Chipping Ongar Refreshments: The Eagle pub (01277 373472) and Village Store Public toilets: None Public transport: Bus 21 (NIBS) Brentwood-Ongar stops hourly (not Sun) at the Eagle and near church Maps: OS Explorer 183 & 175; Landranger 167 From Country Walking magazine,

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