EppingStapleford Abbots

Eppstap two
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By Strider on 01 Jan 2024


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Description

I tried to walk Eppstap One in Winter and failed. The OS map shows paths tracking across fields, these have been ploughed over and in Winter they are flooded and the mud is deep and sticky. I got stuck and only just managed extricate myself as I had walking poles. In Summer there will be crops.
Eppstap Two is essentially the same but takes the edges of the fields, often close to the river, where there are established paths full of foot prints and deer slots and with firm footing. It also includes a short cut to avoid prolonged verge walking close to Stapleford (Thanks Jane for this tip).
I also redrew Loustap One for the same reasons

I tried to walk Eppstap One in Winter and failed. The OS map shows paths tracking across fields, these have been ploughed over and in Winter they are flooded and the mud is deep and sticky. I got stuck and only just managed extricate myself as I had walking poles. In Summer there will be crops.
Eppstap Two is essentially the same but takes the edges of the fields, often close to the river, where there are established paths full of foot prints and deer slots and with firm footing. It also includes a short cut to avoid prolonged verge walking close to Stapleford (Thanks Jane for this tip).
I also redrew Loustap One for the same reasons

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Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
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Present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
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Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
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Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
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Present at time of survey Gates (1)
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Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
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Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
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Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
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Present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

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The narrowest part of the path is 48.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 15.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 16.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 3.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (1)

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Off-road rugged pram (0)
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Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
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Terrain

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15.0% of the route is on roads (1)

10.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

15.0% of the route is paved (1)

50.0% of the route is muddy (1)

15.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

15.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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Epping
Grid Ref TL4619301556
Lat / Lon 51.69373° / 0.11380°
Easting / Northing 546,193E / 201,556N
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Stapleford Abbots
Grid Ref
Lat / Lon 51.64367° / 0.16784°
Easting / Northing 0E / 0N
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Derick Rethans

16 Jun 2024 Spring

I walked this on a mostly overcast afternoon, with an occasional rain shower from Stableford Abbots to Epping.

From the church, the cut through to Stapleford Road was nearly impenetrable (photo #1). After then crossing the road, a nice section cutting through fields with crops was lovely (photo #2, #3). Up towards the aerodrome was also pleasant along field boundaries (photo #4).

After having passed the runway a narrow bridge (photo #5) brings you onto a field. The footpath was blocked with crops, but a slight detour along the field boundary wasn't a problem. The route then heads up to Ongar Road along some laser tag and soft air facilities.

The section between Ongar Road and Epping Lane was problematic. The paths were either invisible or very overgrown (photo #6, #7). The horses in the field nearer to Epping Lane were too much in the way for me to feel safe to cross the field. The diversion towards the East up to Skinners Farm / North Fishery was even more troublesome.

After my diversion and coming off Epping Lane (photo #8), the route became enjoyable again (photo #9, #10), although the path was a little muddy at times (photo #11). The horses in the field at the north end of Fiveponds Wood were inquisitive, but left me alone once they noticed I hadn't any food for them.

The section around the M11 and M25 was remarkably less noisy than I feared, although there was a fair climb up the hill (photo #12) just north of the crossing underneath the M25. From there it is a gentle downhill towards the outskirts of Epping, where the last section is all up hill again towards the finish (photo #13).


Strider

01 Jan 2024 Winter

I walked from Stapleford Abbotts to Epping.
From the church there's a cut-through to the main road, cross by the bus stop. Then over fields and around field edges and past the end of an aerodrome. just past a pill box and into a wood down to another pill box and a narrow bridge. An invisible path across a field (bearing 310) takes you to Patch Park, a small industrial estate, then past Mayhem paintball with a yellow tank. Across the road to a narrow footbridge across the River Rodding. Following the OS map takes you across flooded, sticky, muddy, fields with no path, don't do this. Stick to the riverbank where there is an established path. There's a footbridge with a couple of missing planks and a 1m high barrier at either end to step over, take great care. Through a field of horses to a road. Part of the road has no verge and there is traffic, hiviz advised and only walk in good light. This bit is quite short. This is followed by a nice section northward along tracks and through woodland. There is a tunnel under the M11 after which the path becomes indistinct, head uphill and slightly right to a gap where a track takes you down to another tunnel under the M25. More woods to a farm and a track down to the outskirts of Epping, uphill to the tube station.
Invisible paths, footbridges, mud, and obstacles make this walk a little challenging. But there are some good views, abundant wildlife and nice woodland.


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