Essex's best walks: A short stroll exploring Black Notley
PUBLISHED: 10:01 05 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:01 05 February 2019
Enjoy this short walk around the village of Black Notley, featuring some good paths and hard surfaces that hopefully won't be affected by the winter weather too much | Words and photos: Laurie Page Public Rights of Way Team at Essex County Council
1) Turn right out of the car park and go up along the pavement. At the road junction, turn left by the war memorial along Church Road. When you reach the metal gate on the left, follow the concrete track which takes you to the parish church of St Peter and St Paul.
Bear left at the church and at Black Notley Hall Farm follow the green Footpath sign to Snakey Land. Stick to the wide track, which bends left then right through farm buildings. Go down to cross a little brook.
2) Continue back uphill, keeping to the track which bends right. It connects to an unmade track. At the track junction by the large oak, turn left and follow the field edge with a hedge to the right, going very gently uphill. At the metal gate you reach a byway where you turn left.
Follow this path bordered by hedges for some distance. Look out for the grey squirrel population that inhabits this area. Soon after the housing appears to the left, at the dog bin turn left onto the path leading to the housing estate.
3) At house number 15 go straight ahead, cross the estate road and follow the street lamps. Cross the next road (Mary Buck Way) and at house number 108 on the corner, turn right along a wide green corridor bordered by evergreen trees on the left.
At the end by the hedge, go left through a staggered barrier and left again alongside a large field.
4) At the garages with the blue doors the church comes into view. Where the housing ends at the path junction, turn right and soon afterwards follow the path down to the main road.
Turn left along the road, passing The Vine Inn pub (where you may wish to stop for refreshment) and the village hall, continuing back to the recreation ground which is further along on the right.
Distance: 2.5 miles (4k)
Starting Point: At the recreation ground car park off Witham Road (Sat Nav CM77 8LL).
How to get there: Black Notley lies between Braintree and Witham. The Witham Road runs through the village and the recreation ground is on this road at the northern end of the village.
Map: Explorer 183 Chelmsford and the Rodings.
Refreshment: The Vine Inn pub at the end of the walk.
Tourist Information: Town Hall Centre, Market Square, Braintree, Essex , CM7 3YG | Call 01376 550066
Places of interest nearby: A mile to the north east of Black Notley are the Cressing Temple Barns. Owned by Essex County Council, these are medieval barns including the striking huge wheat barn, little changed since it was built in the 13th century.
An exhibition includes lifelike waxworks which tell the story of the wealthy Knights Templar (the warrior monks) and the Knights Hospitallers who lived there.
There is also a pleasant walled garden. Call 0333 013 8156 for more information. A mile to the north of Black Notley you will also find the large town of Braintree.
Ordnance Survey maps are available from all good booksellers and outdoor stores or visit the online shop www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/al