Roach Valley Way
This easy, circular walk explores the area around Rochford in Essex.
The path starts and finishes in Rochford, passing Hockley, Canewden and Paglesham Churchend. There are lovely riverside sections, one along the River Crouch where there are views of Bridgemarsh Island and Burnham on Crouch. At the eastern end you'll also come close to Wallasea Island where there is a RSPB nature reserve.
The second section runs along the River Roach estuary, taking you back into Rochford. As such there is a variety of water based wildlife to enjoy with a Nature Reserve on the River Crouch a further highlight. At Hockley you'll pass through the extensive Hockley Woods where you'll find carpets of bluebells, Oak and sweet chestnut trees, streams and wildflowers. Just after the route passes through the pretty Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park with its lake, bluebell woods and riverside paths.
Roach Valley Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Roach Valley Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Roach Valley Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Roach Valley Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Bull Inn is beautifully positioned, right on the edge of Hockley woods. It's a historic pub of some note, dating from the 16th century and Grade II listed. The Bull connects the lovely woodland walks of Hockley with the rolling landscape of the Crouch River Valley to the north. There's a cosy olde worlde interior and outside there's a lovely garden to relax in on finer days. You can find the pub on the northern side of the woods at a postcode of SS5 4RN for your sat navs. It's a nice place to stop for refreshments on the route.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the east of Rochford there's the historic village of Great Wakering. Here you'll find a noteworthy Norman Church and some lovely waterside footpaths along the local creeks.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.