Saffron Walden Walks
This circular walk tours the countryside around the Essex town of Saffron Walden. You'll visit the ruins of the 12th century Waldren Castle and one of the highlights of the area at Audley End.
The trail starts in the centre of town and follows the Harcamlow Way to the splendid Jacobean mansion at Audley End. After exploring the fine parkland and gardens you continue south along the Beechy Ride track to Brakey Ley Wood before turning east to the Debden Road. Here you turn east and follow public footpaths and minor roads back into the town centre.
You can extend the walk by continuing south from Brakey Ley Wood along the Harcamlow Way towards Newport. Around here you can pick up a nice trail along Debden Water to Debden Park.
Also of interest is the long distance Saffron Trail which starts in Safron Walden. The Icknield Way Path runs just to the north of the town and can also be easily picked up to explore the area.
Saffron Walden Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Saffron Walden Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Saffron Walden OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Saffron Walden Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Saffron Walden
- Icknield Way Path - The Icknield Way Path starts at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and heads to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk along prehistoric pathways
- Harcamlow Way - This long distance walk takes you to some of the most beautiful countryside, interesting historical sites and delightful country parks in the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.
The route is a figure-of-eight, starting in Harlow and first heading to Saffron Walden where you will pass the splendid Jacobean mansion and gardens at Audley End
- Audley End - Explore the stunning gardens surrounding this spectacular Jacobean mansion in Saffron Walden, Essex
- Saffron Trail - A walk through the Essex countryside from the coast at Southend-on-Sea to Saffron Walden
- Thaxted - This attractive Essex based town is a very pleasant place for a stroll
Head to the Old English Gentleman for a great pub experience in the town. The noteworthy pub dates from the 19th century and was named CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year 2012. There's a charming interior with a cosy fire and wood burner. Outside there's a sun trap patio garden for warmer days. You can find them on Gold Street with a postcode of CB10 1EJ for your sat navs.
At Audley End there's two nice on site cafes which make an ideal stopping point on the walk. The tea room does lovely soups made from vegetables grown in the organic kitchen garden. There's also lots of nice outdoor seating for finer days.
With lots of lovely woodland, parkland and country trails the area is ideal for dog walking. Please keep them on leads in the Audley End grounds though. The Old English Gentleman pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head to the lovely Bridge End Gardens for an easy stroll in the town. There are seven delightful 19th-century gardens here including a particularly fine Dutch garden. There's also statue fountain, fine topiary and beautiful herbaceous borders to see here. You can find them on Castle Street with a postcode of CB10 1BE for your sat navs.
If you follow the Harcamlow way south from the town you could pay a visit to the worthy town of Thaxted. Here you'll find a number of historic half timbered houses, a 14th century Guildhall, 16th century almshouses and a picturesque windmill.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.