Green Walks in England: East and East Anglia (south)

This area is that part of the region within the SG and CM postcode areas and west of the main rail line between London and Norwich.

Neighbouring regions and areas are

Note also some of the most convenient hubs for multi-day walking on different routes.


Use the alphastrip below to jump to the appropriate initial letter for a selected route within the list. If there are no routes with a particular initial letter, the jump will have no effect.

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Coal Tax Circuit

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 315km walk which links up the markers which delineate the 1860s boundary, within which imports of coal and wine were taxed by the City of London Corporation.

Image: Coal Tax marker on the Slough arm of the Grand Union Canal

The lake at Highams Park, part of Epping Forest

Epping Forest Centenary Walk

Length <60km
Max transport gap <10km

A 23km walk through the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest, with endpoints at Wanstead Flats and Epping station.

Image: Highams Park

Terling Ford, on the Essex Way

Essex Way

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A route of 135km between Epping and Harwich.

Image: Terling ford

Flitch Way

Length <60km
Max transport gap <10km

A 26km railbed walk (with a street detour through Great Dumnow) between Bishop’s Stortford and Braintree.

Get out of London:
North-east to Epping

Length <60km
Max transport gap <10km

A 36km route from Trafalgar Square to Epping via Wanstead Flats and Chingford.

Image: Regent’s Canal in Victoria Park, Hackney

Greensand Ridge Walk

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 67km walk between Linslade and Gamlingay.

Hertfordshire Way

Length >60km
Max transport gap >20km

A 264km circuit round the county, taking in Royston, St Albans, Tring station, Chipperfield Common, Aldenham, Hertford, Perry Green and Bishop’s Stortford.

Image: Ayot St Lawrence

Icknield Way Trail

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A walk of 193km between Ivinghoe Beacon and Knettishall Heath.

John Ray Walk

Length <20km
Max transport gap <10km

A 16km walk between Braintree and Witham, commemorating the local parson-naturalist John Ray (1627-1705).

Image: John Ray (public domain)

Lea Valley Walk

Length >60km
Max transport gap <10km

A 93km walk following the River Lea between its source at Leagrave and its outflow into the River Thames at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Image: Three Mills, Bow

London Loop

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 277km circuit of the capital which follows close to the outer boundaries of the London boroughs, sometimes extending into neighbouring areas.

Image: Ingrebourne Valley Country Park

London Summits Walk

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 320km circuit taking in the highest point in each London borough (plus the summit of the City of London).

Image: Trent Park

Ring around the Underground

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

This 302km route takes you in a grand circular multiple-stage walking tour connecting all the outer termini of the London Underground, the Tube.

Image: Uxbridge High Street

Saffron Trail

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A walk of 115km between Southend-on-Sea and Saffron Walden.

Image: The path north of Battlebridge

St Peter’s Way

Length >60km
Max transport gap >20km

A walk of 73km between St Peter’s Chapel at Othona and Greensted Log Church.

Image: Chipping Ongar


Some places lend themselves to being hubs, where you may pitch up for a few days’ car-free walking, fanning out on a different route (or part of a route) each day. The hub becomes a walking-place for recreation at walking pace. Hubs in this area include

ChelmsfordChelmsford is the key hub for the eastern part of the area.
EppingEpping (or Harlow) may act as a hub in the south of the area.
StevenageStevenage (or Hertford) is the key hub for the west of the area.

Guided and group walks

Saturday Walking Club

This online-driven group has been well established in the London area for some years, but the reach of their walks goes far beyond the M25. Their walks are all free (the word “club” may be a bit misleading) and there are walks on other days of the week. You may download a route from their extensive catalogue to enable you to walk on your own — you are expected to carry your own copy of the route-map if you join a group walk.

Image: Sheffield Park

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