GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Essex Way

81 miles (130 km)

Travel through the Essex countryside from Epping to Harwich on this 81 mile footpath. The path takes you through some interesting towns and delightful villages, including Chipping Ongar, Terling, Willingale, Pleshey, Coggeshall, Dedham and Mistley. The walk includes riverside sections along the River Blackwater, the River Colne and along the River Stour at the end of the route. This final section is particularly lovely passing Manningtree and the Wrabness Nature Reserve on the banks of the river Stour estuary.
Here you can see owls, yellowhammers, whitethroats, turtle dove, song thrush, nightingales and bullfinches.
The walk is waymarked with a white disc featuring poppies.

Essex Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Essex Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


In the pretty village of Terling you could stop of at the noteworthy Rayleigh Arms. The 1840 pub is one of the dominant buildings in the village. They have a good menu with a cosy interior and log fire. Outside there's a lovely large garden area for warmer days. You can find them at 1 Owl's Hill, CM3 2PW. They are dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Start of the Essex Way - - 1213075

Start of the Essex Way. The plaque is on the station building at Epping

The Essex Way, Greensted - - 282619

Greensted on the trail. Running east from Greensted Church towards Ongar.

Footpath Junction on the Essex Way - - 1319475

Footpath Junction on the Essex Way

The Essex Way 5 - - 1774510

The path is about to enter the woodland of Gernon Bushes.

Jacques Bay, Bradfield - - 492098

Jacques Bay, Bradfield. Taken from the trail looking across the Stour towards Suffolk.

Part of The Essex Way footpath - - 414226

In the distance lies the River Blackwater, and the Essex Way runs alongside it for about a mile.

The Essex Way near Miller's Green - - 177960

Near Miller's Green. This section runs east from Hill Farm towards Willingale.

Essex Way near Great Leighs - - 1319432

A dog walker on the trail near Great Leighs


GPS Files

GPX File

Essex Way.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Essex Way.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)