This area of ancient woodland near Chappel is a lovely place for a peaceful stroll. There is a car park off Tey Road near White Colne where you can pick up the public footpaths through the forest. In the springtime there are lots of pretty bluebells to enjoy. Look out for wildlife including deer, blackcap and nightingale. As an alternative to driving to the woods you could walk from the nearby village of Chappel where there is a train station. It's a really pretty village with an impressive viaduct, pretty houses, a mill and views of the River Colne.
The Essex Way long distance walk runs close to the forest so you could pick this up to extend your walk.
PostcodeCO6 2PH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Chalkney Wood Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Chalkney Wood Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Chalkney Wood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Chalkney Wood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The woods are reachable on foot from nearby Halstead. You could follow the Colne Valley Path south east from the town to reach the woods. Just north of the town there's the wonderful Giant Redwood Grove to see in Broaks Wood.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.