Harcamlow way essex
The terrain is hilly, and there is a mix of open meadow and ancient woodland.You have to cross and re-cross the M25 (bridges are provided!The first stage uphill from the parking is quite steep (for Essex), but thereafter the slopes are gentler.The views along the route are lovely and sometimes spectacular.Once you have decided which route you want to walk, you can download and print off the three PDFs of (» Walk Details This circular walk goes through sections of Epping Forest, and the 'buffer lands' of Warlies Park and Copped Hall Park, sometimes on open access land.
Much of the walk is throgh open flat farmland with a short section in the wood at Skreens Park. The walk takes you along Roxwell Brook, a tributary of the River Can, on nice wide grassy field edges and through paddocks full of friendly horses.
There is a fairly long stretch which involves walking straight across fields, which is best done before the fields are ploughed.» Walk Details As well as lovely views along the route, this walk is mostly remarkable for the peace, tranquillity and timelessness of the area.
The village of Matching has hardly changed since the 18th Century, and much of the field layout and the pattern of lanes, bridleways and footpaths are still as they were hundreds of years ago.
The path then switches to the 'Three Forests Way' where there are views over the valley.
The route joins the 'Stort Valley Way' through the golf course, and climbs the hill behind the historic Nazeing Park with more stunning scenic views.