The Essex countryside walk that starts and ends at a pub

A leisurely walk is just what’s needed on a bank holiday weekend, particularly when the views are just spectacular. One 4.8km walking trail in the stunning village of South Hanningfield, between Billericay and Chelmsford, begins and ends with a stunning pub.

The walking route has been described as “moderately challenging”, taking an average of just over an hour and 10 minutes to complete. It would make a great route to have a romantic stroll, walk your dog or even go for a bank holiday Monday run.

Starting off from the stunning and historic Old Windmill pub, which has been serving punters since 1799, the route “explores the local countryside, a peaceful journey through arable fields and ancient lanes, visiting the pretty local church on route.”

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On the route, there are stunning fields which you can walk along, some of which with a slight elevation giving you beautiful views of the Hanningfield countryside.

The route has several climbs and descents throughout and there are a couple of sections of road walking – so be sure to take care of traffic. After heavy rain during our April showers, parts of the walk can be rather muddy after periods of heavy rain, so be sure to check the weather out before you go and bring wellies or walking boots.

After your walk and you’ve worked up an appetite or thirst, you can even finish the day with an ice cold beverage of your choice and even a full roast dinner. Inside the pub, there are wood fires, flagstone floors and oak beams.

Or if you’d rather to sit outside and bask in the sun, there are tables and chairs and umbrellas in the stunning and good-sized beer garden – and did we mention the pub is dog friendly too?


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