Essex’s best walks: From Little Tey to Broad Green
PUBLISHED: 10:31 08 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:00 17 May 2019
A stroll from the village of Little Tey to Broad Green allows walkers to explore some of the county’s stunning countryside using mostly public rights of way | Words and photos: Laurie Page Public Rights of Way Team at Essex County Council
1) From the church, walk back along the lane towards the main road. About halfway down, look out for the footpath on the right. Take this, going through a metal gate, into a meadow of long grass. At the end of the field, go through another gate and over a footbridge, where you turn left along the field boundary.
Where the hedge ends, by the way-marker post, turn right going across the field past the odd way-marker on a wheel, to cross a footbridge. Continue across the next field following the telegraph poles, then alongside a line of trees. Proceed to the lane.
2) Turn right along the lane and soon after take the next footpath on the left. Go along the field edge then bear right, following the way-marker. When you reach the next path junction, bear slightly left following the way-marker, across a crop field, heading for the wide gap in the hedge on the other side.
At the gap turn left along the field boundary with the hedge to your left. At the end of the field, go to the left of the bridge along the edge of the next field with a hedge now to your right on a wide grass path. This joins a dusty track leading to the lane.
3) Turn right along the lane. At Houchings Farm, go straight on along a bridleway. Follow a wide grass path alongside a hedge, then (slightly left) between crop fields. At the end of the field cross a ditch and then turn right, onto a wide grass path with the ditch to your right.
A huge crop field is to your left. At the end of the field, just after the path bends left, turn right through the next gap in the hedge going across a crop field. Head towards the post at the end of the hedge on the other side. When you reach the post, turn right along a wide grass path which is a bridleway.
Continue along the grass path into the next field. At the path junction just before the next hedge turn left, with a hedge, then Cuckoos Farm to the right. The path bends right to the lane.
4) Turn right along the lane. Proceed along the lane for some distance, passing East Gores Farm then houses. Where the lane bends sharp right, continue straight ahead onto a concrete footpath. Continue to Upper Hall Farm.
The path veers left at the farmhouse then S bends between the farm buildings and goes out onto a grass track along the field edge with trees to the right. Go into the next field, but on the right-hand side of the hedge. At the end, cross a ditch via a footbridge where you connect to a byway and turn right. This takes you directly back to Little Tey Church.
Ordnance Survey maps are available from all good booksellers and outdoor stores or visit the online shop www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/al
Distance: 3.9 miles (6.3km)
Starting point: Little Tey Church, Church Lane, Little Tey CO6 1HX. If the church car park is closed then there are a couple of parking places
in front of the church.
How to get there: From the A120 between Marks Tey and Coggeshall, turn north into Church Lane (a cul-de-sac) which takes you to the church.
Map: OS Explorer 183 Chelmsford
Refreshments: The Kings Arms pub, Broad Green on the A120 (Sat Nav CO6 1RU).
Places of interest nearby: Two miles west along the A120 (Roman Stane Street) is the historic town of Coggeshall. It has a Tudor mansion open to the public (Paycockes House), and a Medieval Grange Barn, both run by the National Trust. There is also the remains of an old abbey, a little museum in the town centre and a grand church, as well as many listed timber-framed buildings.