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

This area contains that part of the region within the CM, CO, IP, RM and SS postcode areas to the east 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

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

Get out of London:
East to Southend-on-Sea

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 98km walk from Trafalgar Square to Southend-on-Sea via Dagenham and Tilbury.

Image: Fobbing church from the west

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

Sailors’ Path

Length <20km
Max transport gap <10km

A 10km walk between Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh.

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 serves as a hub for that part of the area within the CM postcode area.
ColchesterColchester serves as a hub for that part of the area within the CO postcode area.
IpswichIpswich serves as a hub for that part of the area within the IP postcode area.
Southend-on-SeaSouthend serves as a useful hub for the part of the area south of the Blackwater (though Maldon and points west are more conveniently served from Chelmsford).

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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