A walk around Messing-cum-Inworth
PUBLISHED: 15:45 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:45 18 May 2015
This charming route from the pretty village of Messing to the tiny village of Inworth and returning via Tiptree offers a great summer walk
1 From the church, go up the road (The Street) away from the village and at the road junction go straight on along the lane (Kelvedon Road). There are long distance views of the Essex landscape to your right. Proceed all the way to the end of the lane and turn right at the road junction. Pass Brook Farm and immediately after the last cottage take the footpath up the bank on the left.
2 Pass the horse paddocks and cross a wooden footbridge. Soon after, go through a pair of gates and follow the farm track running across the field. The path continues through a wooded area. Proceed straight ahead leaving the wood and crossing a wide dirt track. Continue to the hedge at the end of the field (the last section of the field was ploughed up when I walked the route). At the way-marker post at the hedge, the path deviates left and runs diagonally across the field. Head towards Inworth church which can be seen in the distance. At the end of the field turn right the other side of the hedgerow, taking you down to the road via a little footbridge.
3 Turn left along the road. There is no pavement for a short distance so watch out for fast approaching traffic. Pass a pretty cottage and use the pavement on the left side of the road. Pass the Red Dog café and then cross over to All Saints parish church of Inworth, which you may wish to visit. Just after the church is a short permissive path through the trees, alongside the road, called the Glebe Pass. At the end of this, turn right into Wind Mill Hill and soon after, the other side of the pretty cottage, take the footpath on the left.
4 Go gently uphill with the hedge to your left and continue for some distance. At the footpath post go straight on but at the next one, the other side of the wood, turn left along a narrow path which takes you to the road. Turn right along the road and pass the old water tower on your right. At the next road junction go left along Oak Road and continue through the residential area and past the Bonnie Blue Oak pub. At the Maypoll by the main road junction with B1022 Colchester Road, turn left along the lane signposted to Messing.
5 Pass Elms Farm on the right. About 500 metres further up on the right there are two footpaths. Ignore the first one but look out for a second footpath tucked away on the right. There is a stile next to the gate marked Lilian S. Go left after the stile and walk along the field edge. At the next stile go left into the woods. Go left again immediately after at the fork. Follow this meandering path for some distance. At the clearing where the path divides go right and soon after cross a wide track going straight ahead. Soon after you emerge from the wood and follow the yellow arrow between fences on the edge of the field. The path turns left then right and then a narrower path descends to School Road and the village. Turn right. The road bends left, passing Messing Green and at the T-junction turn right back down to Messing church where the walk began.