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Brentwood

Essex


Slow Ways linking Brentwood and Basildon, Billericay, Chipping Ongar, Romford, Stapleford Abbots, West Horndon

England / Essex / Brentwood

Brentwood’s six Slow Ways are 67% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 6/6
verified: 2/6
and surveyed: 2/6

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Walk to Brentwood from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Brentwood—Basildon
Brebas one Pioneer me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 97m Descent 172m
Brentwood—Basildon
Brebas two Enjoy me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 134m Descent 213m
Brentwood—Billericay
Brebil one Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 89m Descent 63m
Brentwood—West Horndon
Brewes one

Double check Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 136m Descent 40m
Chipping Ongar—Brentwood
Chibre one Review me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 78m Descent 131m
Romford—Brentwood
Rombre one Review me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 78m Descent 169m
Romford—Brentwood
Rombre two Review me Distance 14km/8mi Ascent 232m Descent 143m
Romford—Brentwood
Rombre three Enjoy me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 209m Descent 121m
Stapleford Abbots—Brentwood
Stabren one

Double check Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 136m Descent 100m
Stapleford Abbots—Brentwood
Stabren two Review me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

63% of Brentwood’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

10/10

drawn

9/10

reviewed

4/10

surveyed

2/10

verified

7 people have contributed to Brentwood’s Slow Ways

4 people have pledged to walk and review a route

4 people have surveyed a route in Brentwood

115km out of 131km have been walked and reviewed

175km of reviews have been shared in Brentwood

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There is not much in Stapleford, a beautiful Church and a good Gastropub (The Rabbits). More fields, short parts along quiet roads, and farm tracks all lead to The Mores Woodland where bluebells were just beginning to pop up, this will look superb when the flowers come out. This is a beautiful and varied walk, which will be more so in the warmer months....

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Stapleford Abbots—Brentwood

Strider added Stabren two, a new walk from Stapleford Abbots to Brentwood

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The route cuts through private land with closed gate. then having got back on track by going North and around but further on there was an illegally locked gate on a right-of-way. I found an alternative route down a bridleway close-by and have posted it as Stabren two....

Strider

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A huge muddy field with no obvious path was a small challenge but otherwise a very pleasant walk with much to commend it....

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Strider surveyed Rombre three

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The first part out of Romford is along quite grey roads but the rest of the way is green and pleasant....

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David Sanderson took this photo on Brebas two

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A route which is generally pretty enjoyable but loses a star due to a tricky section near Little Burstead. The walk into Basildon is quite long and, thanks to some residential meandering and Gloucester Park and Basildon Sporting Village, doesn't require much walking along busy roads....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Rombre three

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Beyond the lovely Harold Wood Park and a brief flirtation with the London Loop the walk takes on a decidedly rural feel. The stiles before you cross the M25 by road bridge were in poor repair and lower lying sections of path were decidedly boggy....

David Sanderson

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The only problem area is the path from the byway (Green Lane) south of Botney Hill Road, which is largely unmarked through a scrubby field and then a large clay field (the aerial photos suggest there is a cut line in summer). From Brentwood, we head south along pavements and shortcut paths, then take the footpath south through Harts Wood, which is mostly easy to follow with occasional waymarks. The field path from Billericay Road is well used, clear and easy to follow, Note that the path along the south side of the drainage ditch is better than the right of way on the north side. We go straight on onto Botney Hill Road then right down the Green Lane byway....

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Brentwood—Basildon

Hugh Hudson added Brebas two, a new walk from Brentwood to Basildon

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The crossing used on this route has a central refuge but no lights, so requires a little care - there is a pelican crossing to the north but it is some distance from the route (see RomBre two). This route takes the first easy entrance into Tyler's Common, and used well used paths to reach the north-east corner....

Hugh Hudson

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Romford—Brentwood

Hugh Hudson added Rombre three, a new walk from Romford to Brentwood

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Stapleford Abbots—Brentwood

Helen Gough added Stabren one, a new walk from Stapleford Abbots to Brentwood

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Over half the route is off-road, mostly through a a chain of publicly owned bits of land (local councils and Forestry England) which are part of the fantastic Thames Chase cross-boundary woodland creation and habitat linkage project. It's a shame about the un-pavemented road walking on Mascalls Lane but traffic and verges seemed better than the alternative on Nags Head Lane in RomBre 1. Brentwood is at the top of a hill, and there are a few other fairly gentle / short hills until Harolds Wood, then it's flat into Romford....

Daisy C

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Romford—Brentwood

Daisy C added Rombre two, a new walk from Romford to Brentwood

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After downloading the gpx file and uploading it to OS Maps we followed the route in reverse as the gpx route went from Brentwood to Romford. The first part of the walk is along straight residentials roads for approx 2 miles from Romford station, past Gidea Park and towards Hornchurch where the road meets a dual carriageway (A127). There appears to be footpaths on the map that take you into Tyler's common but these were overgrown and inaccessible when we walked the route so we had to walk along the road for a while. At the end of Nags Head Lane you turn right onto Brook Street which continues onto London road towards Brentwood passing some shops and pubs. The route takes you right at Westwood Avenue through a residential area via Brentwood station and then back towards the town center. After passing the station and walking up the hill on Queens Road, the route takes you left onto at Thomas road....

Carla Khouri

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Carla Khouri took this photo on Rombre one

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The intention behind this route is inviting: walk from Brentwood to West Horndon utilising pleasant woodland leading to a local, well known Country Park which you then walk the length of. Unfortunately the connection between the top of Thorndon Country Park and West Horndon requires you to cross the busy A127 Southend Arterial Road which is very far from being safe and, as such, something we did not attempt....

Stephen Mayo

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The route becomes more urban when approaching town but very quiet through Hutton mount....

willow1969

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Enjoyable walk that minimises road walking until arriving in Brentwood and takes in different terrains en route....

Stephen Mayo

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Brentwood

Penny Patterson surveyed Brentwood

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Brentwood—Basildon

Slow Ways added Brebas one, a new walk from Brentwood to Basildon

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Brentwood—Billericay

Slow Ways added Brebil one, a new walk from Brentwood to Billericay

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Brentwood—West Horndon

Slow Ways added Brewes one, a new walk from Brentwood to West Horndon

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Chipping Ongar—Brentwood

Slow Ways added Chibre one, a new walk from Chipping Ongar to Brentwood

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Romford—Brentwood

Slow Ways added Rombre one, a new walk from Romford to Brentwood

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Brentwood, Mon 27 May

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Brentwood’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ5962793866

Lat / Lon

51.62098° / 0.30449°

Easting / Northing

559,627E / 193,866N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Brentwood's meeting point

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Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

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