Essex walks: Summer stroll in and around Moreton
PUBLISHED: 10:21 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 July 2018
Step out in the south of the county for this delightful summer walk in and around the village of Moreton | Words and photos: Laurie Page of the Public Rights of Way Team at Essex County Council
1) Turn right out of the church car park and go along the road towards the village. At the first bend, opposite the Old Rectory, take the footpath on the left through the gate and into the meadow. Bear slightly left and cross into the next field.
Cross the stream at the footbridge and on the other side go immediately right and through a gate into a large meadow. Follow the path into the next field via another gate and continue to the end of this field to the road. Turn right over the road bridge. Continue to the road T-junction opposite the Nags Head pub.
2) Turn left past the White Hart pub and along the pavement to Gould Close where you take the footpath in front of you that runs alongside the cottage. This path continues into a meadow. Proceed straight ahead to the other side of the field where you cross a bridge over the stream.
Here, for a shortcut, you can go sharp right and follow the permissive path along by the river back to the church. For the full walk, cross into the next field. At the bridge cross the stream and proceed through a meadow to a kissing gate by the road.
3) Turn left along the lane and soon after (about 100 metres) look out for the byway on the right, a wide track by the fishing club. Follow this path passing a lake to the right and continue along a leafy, shaded path for about a third of a mile.
You come to a path crossroads by a gap in the hedge. Turn right onto the footpath that goes downhill. There are excellent distant views of the countryside ahead and the church can be seen at the bottom of the hill. The path takes you down to the road where you turn right, and a little way along on the right is the church car park where you started.
Starting point: The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin.
How to get there: Moreton lies to the north of the A414 between Chipping Ongar and Harlow and can be accessed via Bobbingworth Mill Road or Stony Lane off the A414 or the Moreton Road at Chipping Ongar. The church, which has a little car park, is to the east of the village in Church Road.
Map: OS Explorer 183 Chelmsford and the Rodings
Refreshments: There are two pubs in the centre of the village virtually opposite one another, The Nags Head and the White Hart Inn.
Tourist Information: Waltham Abbey Tourist Information Centre, 2-4 Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1DG. Call 01992 660336
Places of interest nearby: Chipping Ongar is home to the Epping Ongar Railway which operates steam trains to North Weald and Epping. Ongar also features a Norman motte and bailey fortification and there is a blue plaque in Chipping Ongar High Street where David Livingstone lived in 1838.