‘Walking The Lost Railways of Essex’ (Amazon) is written by David Gridlley. In it he describes 21 circular walks along footpaths and old railway lines. Along the way there are local towns and villages to discover, and over 40 rural pubs to visit and sample the food and drink available. The walks are across the whole of the county, and cover the more well known routes, for example the Flitch Way from Braintree to Bishops Stortford (which we did part of last Boxing Day click here for a report and some pix), and the lesser known routes such as tawalk from Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea.
The walks vary in length from between about 3 and 8 miles long. Each route has a map, and the book is really well illustrated with railway posters and old photographs. So, an excellent present for someone looking for walks for the Christmas and New Year, or if they’re starting to dream of summer walks in the Essex countryside for next year.