Essex Way Part 1: Epping to Chipping Ongar  
Date: 6th March 2020 Distance: 13.3km (8.26 Miles) Parking: N/A
Start Location: Epping Station Ascent (m/ft): 286m (938ft) Weather:

Sunny

Time Started: 11:30 Highest Point: N/A Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 3 Hours 40 Minutes        
Route: Part 1
The Essex Way
Epping to Chipping Ongar

The Essex Way has been a long distance walk I have really wanted to do but as and when I have time. By finding a source online showing the public transport links I finally set out to complete the trail.


The plaque marking the start of the Essex Way in Epping.

Only half a mile into the walk and I am already in the countryside. Not what I expected after starting at the end of a Tube Station!


Well waymarked route!


It was FAR wetter than it looks in the photos. The path was saturated after torrential rain yesterday.

Even here the path looks dry... it wasn't!

Entering Gernon Bushes nature reserve.

The information panel.

Into the woods proper.

There were a few small ponds along the path through the woods.

Crossing the M11 via a footbridge allows for a view to the skyscrapers of London!


More open countryside on the other side of the M11.


Only a few houses for company.

Approaching Greensted Church just 1.1km away - a place I've wanted to visit for a long time!

Inside the oldest wooden log church in the world! Greensted Church. Reportedly Saxon!

Such a tiny church.

The oldest part is the log section in the middle.

Leaving the church along the Essex Way bound for Chipping Ongar and where the car is parked!