Essex’s best walks: Village views from Great Easton
PUBLISHED: 10:42 28 February 2020 | UPDATED: 13:02 28 February 2020
This delightful walk features distant views from the village of Great Easton over towards Duton Hill and Tilty, with its ruined abbey and church | Words and photos: Laurie Page Public Rights of Way Team at Essex County Council
1) From the war memorial, take the footpath that runs between the Cottage by the Green and Croats Cottage. At the corner of the paddock fence, go over the stile and follow the inside of the fence around the field. Pass the wind socket and bear left to cross another stile and over a footbridge.
Follow this going round to the right wooden gate. The path bends right parallel to the main road and emerges at the road just past the haystack. Turn right going uphill along the verge on the right-hand side of the road.
Where the verge narrows, cross over to the left side of the road. Pass Hill Farm and a little further up, take the footpath on the left.
2) Follow along by a hedge then continue straight on between large crop fields on a good, wide grass path. Soon after reaching the trees you are guided left, with a hedge to your right. At the end of the hedge bear slightly right and head for the grey hut-like buildings.
At the boundary fence of these buildings, go left across the field to the corner of the hedge on the other side. Continue along the field edge with the hedge to your right. In the corner of the field turn right, going up a wide grass path, taking you to the lane.
3) When you reach the lane, turn left (unless you wish to visit the Green Man pub which is just to the right), then almost immediately turn right onto the footpath the other side of the pink thatched cottage.
Go between hedges and where they end, at the footpath junction, turn left alongside a large field with a hedge to the left. Keep straight on to the corner of the field where the path bends sharp right and continues gently downhill.
Cross a ditch at the bottom and continue along the edge of the next field. At the end of this one, at the hedge, turn left and proceed to the road.
4) Turn right along the pavement, then left at the road junction, to Duton Hill. Go all the way to the end of the road, passing the Three Horseshoes pub and the houses and homes of Duton Hill.
At the road junction after the bridge, turn left then immediately right onto an unmarked footpath which is part of the Saffron Trail. Continue through scrub on the main track until you reach a footpath junction at the way-marker. Turn left and proceed down to the old mill.
Here go through the gate to your left taking you past the old Tilty Abbey and go up to the kissing gate by the pretty St Mary's Church. Pass the church and go along the access road to the lane.
5) Take the footpath opposite across a large crop field. At the other side of the field cross a ditch and stile, then bear left towards another stile in the corner of the field where you reach the lane.
Turn right along the lane and soon after turn left over a stile onto a footpath. Go across the meadow to a footbridge crossing a stream, then continue to the next footbridge and uphill through a field passing under the telegraph wires.
Get over a stile and go across a meadow where at the end, you go between the houses to return opposite the Great Easton war memorial where you began.
Ordnance Survey maps are available from all good booksellers and outdoor stores or visit the online shop www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/al
Distance: 4 miles (6.4 kilometres)
Starting point: In Great Easton village centre by the war memorial (Sat Nav CM6 2HG)
Map: OS Explorer Braintree & Saffron Walden.
Refreshment: There are three pubs close to the walk: The Swan in the village of Great Easton near where you start, the Green Man close to the route and the Three Horseshoes at Duton Hill.
Tourist Information: Dunmow Library, 47 White Hart Way, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1FS | Call 07519 585894
Places of interest nearby: About two miles to the south-east at Little Easton are the Easton Lodge Gardens, which are restored 1902 Italian gardens with a small museum and exhibition. Find them at Warwick House, Little Easton (Sat Nav CM6 2BB).