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Slow Ways linking Chelmsford and Billericay, Chipping Ongar, Great Dunmow, Great Notley, Leaden Roding, Maldon, South Woodham Ferrers, Wickford, Witham

England / Essex / Chelmsford

Chelmsford’s nine Slow Ways are 50% checked

Drawn: 9/9
reviewed: 6/9
verified: 2/9
and surveyed: 1/9

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Walk to Chelmsford from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Billericay—Chelmsford
Bilche one Verify me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 174m Descent 224m
Chelmsford—Great Notley
Chegre one Pioneer me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 86m Descent 120m
Chelmsford—Maldon
Chemal one Enjoy me Distance 20km/12mi Ascent 69m Descent 69m
Chelmsford—South Woodham Ferrers
Chesou one Review me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 104m Descent 128m
Chelmsford—Wickford
Chewic one Pioneer me Distance 20km/12mi Ascent 207m Descent 226m
Chelmsford—Witham
Chewit one

Verify me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 140m Descent 144m
Chipping Ongar—Chelmsford
Chiche three Survey me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 211m Descent 231m
Great Dunmow—Chelmsford
Greche one Review me Distance 25km/16mi Ascent 142m Descent 186m
Great Dunmow—Chelmsford
Greche two Pioneer me Distance 25km/16mi Ascent 751m Descent 710m
Leaden Roding—Chelmsford
Leache one Pioneer me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 113m Descent 71m

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Collective progress

48% of Chelmsford’s nine route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

10/10

drawn

6/10

reviewed

1/10

surveyed

2/10

verified

12 people have contributed to Chelmsford’s Slow Ways

5 people have pledged to walk and review a route

1 people have surveyed a route in Chelmsford

127km out of 210km have been walked and reviewed

297km of reviews have been shared in Chelmsford

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Walked on a sunny day in mid-July, I really enjoyed the route which mixes time spent out in the open crossing fields, with stretches under the cover of woodland canopies. It depends on very little road walking which is great and there are some good pubs for breaks at points along the way....

Thom Brisco

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A large section of the walk is on St Peters Way which runs from Ongar to Bradwell, so the footpaths were reliable and cleared....

Dan Barron

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Around the Wickham bishops area the path worsened, stretches were very overgrown with nettles and Brambles and finally approaching witham the path completely disappeared as the farmer hadn't maintained it. Using GPS I followed the route through the field but eventually ran into a wall of Brambles and had to backtrack and find an alternative route....

Matthew John Tebbit

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Great Dunmow—Chelmsford

Rob Carver added Greche two, a new walk from Great Dunmow to Chelmsford

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Note that the long straight line from Roxwell road up to Mashbury road near the start of the route isn't a straight path at all....

Rob Carver

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I went straight down private road. Alternative here, is rather than the footpath between the railway and golf course, which gets very muddy in winter, go all the way down private road and then across Hylands park to Writtle....

Christopher Purse

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I went straight down private road. Alternative here, is rather than the footpath between the railway and golf course, which gets very muddy in winter, go all the way down private road and then across Hylands park to Writtle....

Christopher Purse

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I've marked it down for some missing way marking on the ground, going via Writtle (which seems an unnecessary diversion), and for some ambiguous route alignment in Chelmsford. From the starting point in Chipping Ongar, the mapped route goes north up the High Street before turning east on Love Lane going past Ongar Sports Club and out into agricultural fields. You’ll swiftly leave ways with this though and soon after reach a point where the Essex Way and St Peter’s Way meet your path and them diverge. (I think a preferable way out of town would be to go a little south down the High Street and turn east onto Castle Street, taking St Peter’s Way recreational path from its starting point where it shares the route with the Essex Way, this soon meets the described route but avoids the pavement stomp for a quicker way into the countryside). A set of concrete stairs exits into a High Ongar cul-de-sac which may initially confuse but the mapped route swiftly takes you around to Mill Lane where the route proceeds again across agricultural fields. 

At this point, I found the route onwards difficult to to discern. One hopes a clear route will soon be signposted again - but a quick search online indicates that others have had trouble here trying to follow St Peter’s Way. Going north along the track through the Writtle Belt of trees eventually takes you to a pedestrian/cyclist underpass beneath the A414 and a route skirting the east of Writtle before rejoining the mapped path.]....

James Piers Taylor

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Chelmsford—Maldon

James Piers Taylor pledged to walk Chemal one

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Chelmsford—Wickford

James Piers Taylor pledged to walk Chewic one

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Paper Mill lock at the halfway point has a cafe, and you can sit out on the canal with a cup of tea and rest your feet. River path gets very muddy and floods in places after heavy rain, so not recommended when the water is high....

Andrew

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Chipping Ongar—Chelmsford

Daisy C added Chiche three, a new walk from Chipping Ongar to Chelmsford

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A good route, walkable and enjoyable throughout...

Michael

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It's easy to follow on marked footpaths and bridleways with some road walking....

Clare

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Sections can be muddy after rain or flood....

tony77

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Between Billericay and Stock it's a lower quality: very muddy at parts and Stock golf course has a particularly badly marked footpath that seems to go right in the middle of holes! I'd suggest taking the more straightforward paths directly from billericay to stock, then following the route from there...

Michael

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The bit through the housing estate in Witham is a bit tricky but fine if you just remember to head south. Muddy and wet underfoot near the canal as you would expect at this time of year....

Clare

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Chelmsford

Snailcycle surveyed Chelmsford

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Ezmoz surveyed Chelmsford

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Chelmsford

LLM surveyed Chelmsford

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Follow the canal, can get a bit soggy as you get to Paper Mill Lock....

Bob!

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Chelmsford

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Billericay—Chelmsford

Slow Ways added Bilche one, a new walk from Billericay to Chelmsford

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Chelmsford—Great Notley

Slow Ways added Chegre one, a new walk from Chelmsford to Great Notley

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Chelmsford—Maldon

Slow Ways added Chemal one, a new walk from Chelmsford to Maldon

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Chelmsford—South Woodham Ferrers

Slow Ways added Chesou one, a new walk from Chelmsford to South Woodham Ferrers

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Chelmsford—Wickford

Slow Ways added Chewic one, a new walk from Chelmsford to Wickford

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Chelmsford—Witham

Slow Ways added Chewit one, a new walk from Chelmsford to Witham

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Great Dunmow—Chelmsford

Slow Ways added Greche one, a new walk from Great Dunmow to Chelmsford

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Leaden Roding—Chelmsford

Slow Ways added Leache one, a new walk from Leaden Roding to Chelmsford

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Chelmsford, Thu 25 July

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Chelmsford’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TL7048607053

Lat / Lon

51.73626° / 0.46764°

Easting / Northing

570,486E / 207,053N

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Facilities

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

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Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

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Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

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Disabled Parking

Train station

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Ferry

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