RECOMMENDED WALKS: introduction

There is no better way to explore this lovely and interesting area than on foot. The Society encourages “sustainable tourism” and is pleased to offer a series of walks from railway stations. Some of the stations are just outside the Hundred Parishes.

It is advisable to check rail timetables before setting out—see www.greateranglia.co.uk or www.nationalrail.co.uk. Some walks start and finish at different stations, when it is usually cheaper to buy a return ticket to the more distant station than two singles.

If driving to a two-station walk, it is suggested that you park at the finish and catch the train to the start, thereby avoiding the possible pressure to finish the walk at a certain time.

Walks range from 2.5 miles to 17 miles. If you are an inexperienced walker, do start with the shorter options!

Please click on the Station Walks button to go to the list of walks. The listing shows the parishes through which each walk passes. You may wish to download introductions to those parishes as an additional source of information. We recommend that you carry an Ordnance Survey "Explorer" map with a 1:25000 scale. The whole of the Hundred Parishes is covered by Explorer maps 183,194,195,209 and 210. They can be purchased from good bookshops or online from Ordnance Survey at www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

If you encounter any problem along a route or wish to suggest an improvement to a route description, please use the Feedback section at the bottom of the website menu.

Over time, it is planned to offer more downloadable walks for parts of the Hundred Parishes which are not served by rail.

www.walkinginengland.co.uk gives access by county then location to thousands of walking routes that can be downloaded free of charge.   www.walkjogrun.net has many routes that have been submitted by that website's participants.

The following publication consists of 16 further walks within the Hundred Parishes:
Discover Uttlesford: Circular walks along the Uttlesford Way by Peter Cooper - enquiries to peterg.cooper@virgin.net.

A number of parishes have village or town trails and some have published books of local walks. These are listed in the individual parish introductions.