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Rayleigh

Essex


Slow Ways linking Rayleigh and Basildon, Leigh-on-Sea, Rochford, South Woodham Ferrers, Wickford

England / Essex / Rayleigh

Rayleigh’s five Slow Ways are 50% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 4/5
verified: 1/5
and surveyed: 0/5

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Walk to Rayleigh from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Basildon—Rayleigh
Basray two Pioneer me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Rayleigh—Leigh-on-Sea
Raylei one

Double check Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 62m Descent 112m
Rayleigh—Rochford
Rayroc one Review me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 61m Descent 115m
Rayleigh—Rochford
Rayroc two Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Rayleigh—South Woodham Ferrers
Raysou one

Review me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 75m Descent 131m
Rayleigh—South Woodham Ferrers
Raysou two

Double check Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 71m Descent 127m
Wickford—Rayleigh
Wicray one Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 47m Descent 98m
Wickford—Rayleigh
Wicray two Verify me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

53% of Rayleigh’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

8/8

drawn

7/8

reviewed

1/8

surveyed

1/8

verified

10 people have contributed to Rayleigh’s Slow Ways

7 people have pledged to walk and review a route

2 people have surveyed a route in Rayleigh

67km out of 83km have been walked and reviewed

139km of reviews have been shared in Rayleigh

Latest Updates

There hasn't been a ferry over the river Crouch in Hullbridge for nearly a century....

Jamie Corless

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Wickford—Rayleigh

James Piers Taylor pledged to walk Wicray one

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Wickford—Rayleigh

James Piers Taylor pledged to walk Wicray two

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If it’s closed for any reason, you’ll need to continue east on Station Road and take London Hill north under the railway access The Approach. There is now a nice off-street stretch taking in a part of Wheatley Wood until you turn north onto the quiet road of St John’s Drive - it’s easy to miss this and carry on west on the path, so be alert! Then it's road walking on the quiet [old] Chelmsford Road that the A1245 replaced. I would be minded in future to not take the north turn at the hedge line but to carry on west on the footpath to Old London Road by the Chichester Hotel, turn north on this road for a while before taking the path east over a footbridge and rejoin the Slow Way there. It’s road walking on Old London Road, but it’s a low-traffic route. On the other side, it's a footpath and quiet road detour until you have to dash across this road again back to its south side. (The England Coast Path proposes a pavement route on the south side of the A132 which will avoid these crossings - so look out for that being implemented. Walking beside that road on pavement will be unpleasant but safer.)....

James Piers Taylor

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I walked in early April on a fine day travelling east-west from Rochford to Rayleigh, I was planning on doing Rayroc one but I checked out the section of Rayroc two where they differ. I liked this section, I could see where paths had been wet previously, as when it was surveyed, but they were dry when I walked and I had no problems. It has more views south over the countryside than the woodland-bound Rayroc one....

James Piers Taylor

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(I also checked out the section of Rayroc one which differs from this route. It seemed good to me, I could see where paths had been wet previously, as when it was surveyed, but they were dry when I walked and I had no problems.)...

James Piers Taylor

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This route cannot be completed as there is no river crossing between South Woodham Ferrers and Hullbridge. Even at low tide, attempting to ford the river is unsafe. Photos below show the river at this point....

James Piers Taylor

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After crossing the A130,doublegate Lane is a concreted path leading to Doublegate Farm. When you cross the entrance to Wick Country Park you should be able to continue along the field to the roundabout at Salcott Cres, but this path has been deliberately sabotaged : The entrance to the path is completely overgrown with hawthorn, and just inside there is a manmade mound of earth blocking what was the path....

Christopher Collins

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Wickford—Rayleigh

Christopher Collins pledged to walk Wicray one

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Rayleigh's picture-postcard parish church is near the start and is well-worth a peek (photos 1 & 2) before you head through the outskirts to pick up the path (photos 3 & 4) leading to Hockley Woods....

sherbie

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Photo 1 shows where you break away from Wickford High Street, by an estate agents. Photo 4 illustrates where the route takes you away from the trucks and gravel pits onto a bridleway, shortly before crossing the A130....

sherbie

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It’s a delightful quiet green route most of the way, no refreshment stops, so we started with second breakfast at Rayleigh before setting off....

Jane Taylor

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Rayleigh—Rochford

Jane Taylor added Rayroc two, a new walk from Rayleigh to Rochford

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As in route description- we actually walked the ‘alternative’ way into Rayleigh, crossing the railway at the station (which feels a bit cheeky) and going up the Mount to see what’s there....

Jane Taylor

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Wickford—Rayleigh

Jane Taylor added Wicray two, a new walk from Wickford to Rayleigh

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Basildon—Rayleigh

Slow Ways Cristie added Basray two, a new walk from Basildon to Rayleigh

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This route as currently shown involves (in my opinion) an unsafe crossing of the A127 - a very busy dual carriageway....

Snail44

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Tony Coates surveyed Rayroc one

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We only followed to battlesbridge but was very accurate up to that point....

KR5

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This route will not work as there is no crossing on the river crouch at that point...

KR5

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River Crouch crossing between Ferry Road, Hullbridge and Marsh Farm Road, SWF does NOT exist!!! First river crossing on foot is upstream at Battlesbridge road bridge - there is NO crossing downstream other than the foot ferry at BOC....

John Myers

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Rayleigh

triblokerich surveyed Rayleigh

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Rayleigh—Rochford

Tony Gordon added Rayroc one, a new walk from Rayleigh to Rochford

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Rayleigh—Leigh-on-Sea

Slow Ways added Raylei one, a new walk from Rayleigh to Leigh-on-Sea

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Rayleigh—South Woodham Ferrers

Slow Ways added Raysou one, a new walk from Rayleigh to South Woodham Ferrers

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Rayleigh—South Woodham Ferrers

Slow Ways added Raysou two, a new walk from Rayleigh to South Woodham Ferrers

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Wickford—Rayleigh

Slow Ways added Wicray one, a new walk from Wickford to Rayleigh

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Rayleigh, Sun 21 July

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Rayleigh’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ8061690732

Lat / Lon

51.58650° / 0.60576°

Easting / Northing

580,616E / 190,732N

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Facilities

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

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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