Manningtree Circular Walk
The Essex town of Manningtree is nicely located on the estuary of the River Stour in the Tendring district of the county. There's some lovely riverside paths and country walking opportunities along the long distance Essex Way which passes through the town.
This circular walk in the town takes you along the River Stour before heading inland through the countryside and woodland to the south of the town. The route runs for just over 3 miles, using a mixture public footpaths and waymarked trails.
The walk starts from Mistley train station where you can pick up the Essex Way and follow it west along the river. There's lovely views across the water to Seafield Bay and Cattawade on the other side. It's a very pleasant path with lots of yachts to see and a number of benches where you can stop to rest. You'll also pass the noteworthy Mistley Towers. These twin towers stood at each end of a now demolished Georgian church, and were designed by Robert Adam in 1776.
The route then leaves the river, turning south through the town. Head east and you will pass Dairy Wood, Laundry Wood and Furze Hill. At Mistley Heath you turn north west to return to the train station.
PostcodeCO11 1HB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Walks near Manningtree
- Essex Way - Travel through the Essex countryside from Epping to Harwich on this 81 mile footpath
- Alton Water - Follow a mixture of well surfaced and unsurfaced cycling and walking trails around this large reservoir in Stutton, Ipswich
- Suffolk Coast Path - A walk along the beautiful Suffolk coast from Felixstowe to Lowestoft
- Dedham to Flatford Walk - This circular walk takes you from the village of Dedham to the site of Constable's most famous painting at Flatford Mill
- Dedham Vale - Explore John Constable country and visit the site of his famous Hay Wain painting on this circular walk in the Dedham Vale AONB
- Ardleigh Reservoir - This reservoir near Colchester has a nice country lane running along its northern side
- Stour Valley Path - Follow the River Stour from Newmarket to Cattawade on this delightful walk through East Anglia
- St Edmund Way - A walk through Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk from Manningtree to Brandon
- Wrabness - This walk visits Bradfield and the lovely Wrabness Nature Reserve in Essex
- East Bergholt - This attractive Suffolk village is in a fine location for exploring the wonderful Dedham Vale AONB in Constable Country
The Mistley Place Park Tearooms are a nice place to go for some refreshments in the town. They do a good range of meals and snacks in a pleasant setting. You can find them on New Road at a postcode of CO11 1ER.
The Red Lion pub is another good option. It's an award winning pub and also the oldest one in the town. You can find it at 42 South Street with a postcode of CO11 1BG for your sat navs.
The estuary is a fine place to take your dog for a walk. The Red Lion pub mentioned above is also dog friendly
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
On the opposite side of the river you can head into Suffolk and pick up the Suffolk Coast Path and view the town from a different perspective. Near here you can also visit the excellent Alton Water where there are some lovely waterside footpaths to try.
The town is also not far from the stunning Dedham Vale AONB where there are great walking opportunites. You can pick up the Stour Valley Path and follow the waymarked trail west to explore the area.
You could also head east along the Essex Way and visit the Wrabness Nature Reserve. There's beaches, woodland reserves and lots of wildlife to see here. You could also pick up the St Edmund Way which starts from the town.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.