Latest Walk from Essex Life: Exploring Old Harlow

PUBLISHED: 01:16 24 September 2011 | UPDATED: 11:49 09 October 2012

Mention Harlow and many people's thoughts will turn to the famous new town, but this walk explores the beauty of Old Harlow, with its authentic, village feel...

Mention Harlow and many peoples thoughts will turnto the famous new town, but this walk explores thebeauty of Old Harlow, with its authentic, village feel...


3 miles / 5.5 km / 1 hours

Easy going,one stile en route past Churchgate Hotel

Start / Parking:
Wayre Street car park, Old Harlow GR473 115

Explorer 174 Epping Forest andLee Valley

Green Man Hotel, Old Harlow;Churchgate Hotel, Churchgate Street; other cafes, pubs and restaurants in Old Harlow itself

Tourist Information Centre:
Waltham Abbey Tourist Information Centre2-4 Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey,Essex EN9 1DG01992 652295

Step 1
From Wayre Street car park, turn left out of the exit opposite Spicers Lane. Continue along Wayre Street. Turn left down St Johns Avenue then take the footpath just behind the Victoria Hall, an intimate theatre venue and former church, which runs between gardens. At the road, cross over in to the playing field, taking the well-marked route straight ahead.

To the left is Harlowbury, the old manor and the site of a 12th century church, the oldest building in Harlow and one of the oldest in Essex. It has been suggested by historians that there used to be a medieval village here, which was since deserted. Cross the bridge on the right, then turn left following the path round to the right in to the next field where it continues straight ahead up hill. At the hedge at the top of the hill turn left enjoying the views across the fields. Keep ahead on the track following the line of telegraph poles steadily down hill. The pathheads in to the woods.

Step 2

At the T-junction turn right, walking alongside the Gibberd Gardens on a wide track. The track turns in to a Tarmaced lane at the entrance to the gardens. The Gibberd Gardens were the brainchild of Sir Frederick Gibberd who put the garden together between the 1950s and the 1980s. Sir Frederick worked on large landscaping projects such as Heathrow Airport and Kielder Reservoir as well as being master-planner for Harlow new town.

Follow the lane all the way to the B183. Cross over the road, straight on to a path which links to a lane. Take the left-hand fork of the lane. The lane then narrows to a track which leads to Moor Hall Lane. Turn left along the road, taking care as there are no pavements. After around 200m, take the next footpath on the right, following the track between fields round to the right. At the double fingerpost, continue straight ahead. Follow the road round from the garagesin to Elmbridge, turning right as you meet the road, then right again to meet the main road.

Step 3

Turn right, past the Churchgate Hotel, formally Chantry House, dating from the 17th century. On the corner, turn left on to a footpath marked as leading to Hubbards Hall Farm.

Once over the bridge, turn right on to a path alongside a field. Follow the field edge, past the oak tree on the corner. Cross the stile and continue in the same direction, straight ahead across the field towards the house. Go through the squeeze stile next to the gate then turn right up a path by some railings, before you reach a house. The path passes wasteland before reaching the road. Cross over and into the cricket field keeping in the same direction until you meet the road. Turn left and follow the road.

Places to visit:

Gibberd Garden.
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