This attractive Essex based town is a very pleasant place for a stroll. There's a number of historic half timbered houses, a 14th century Guildhall, 16th century almshouses and a picturesque windmill to admire. There's also a series of good countryside footpaths with scenic views of the River Chelmer to enjoy in the surrounding area.
This walk from the town follows a section of the Harcamlow Way south to Dutton Hill and the remains of the abbey and mill at Tilty.
The walk starts in the village where you can pick up the Harcamlow Way and follow the waymarked footpath south towards the windmill. You continue past Stanbrook and Follymill before coming to Dutton Hill and Tilty. Here you can enjoy views of the old Tilty mill and the ruins of Tilty Abbey which dates back to the 12th century.
PostcodeCM6 2LT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The Maypole is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. The stylish pub does a great Sunday roast and has a nice garden area to sit out in on warmer days. You can find them at 31 Mill End with postcode CM6 2LT for your sat navs.
The country trails make for a fine dog walk and the Maypole mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
On the northern side of the town you can pick up the circular Turpin's Trail. The waymarked paths will take you to nearby Great Sampford and Hempstead, the birthplace of Highwayman Dick Turpin.
If you follow the Harcamlow Way north west you could visit Saffron Walden and the splendid Audley End park. The long distance Icknield Way Path and the Saffron Trail can also be picked up in this area.
To the south there's the expansive Hatfield Forest, Great Dunmow and the Flitch Way, a shared cycling and walking trail along a disused railway line.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.