Winter Walks in Essex

It’s definitely autumnal, although unseasonably mild for the time of year! But it’s still possible to go on some beautiful and interesting walks in the Essex countryside and in the towns. All you have to do is find the walk, wrap up warm, check your footwear, and off you go!

Walking is the easiest exercise you can take, and it’s free. You can walk on your own, with friends and family or as part of an organised group, which many people like to do. Each year the The Ramblers organises a Festival of Winter walks. This years runs from the 19th December 2015 to the 3rd January 2016 and we have a listing of Essex walks in date order.

If you think you’re too young for The Ramblers, try Hike Essex – set up for people in their 20s-40s.

A good place to look for rural walks in Essex is Essex Walks. The walks featured on the website are in all parts of Essex, and vary in difficulty, and there should be something for everyone whether walking alone or in a group.

We’re more cyclists than walkers, but we’ve reported on a few of our winter walks :

But do prepare! The walk listed above to Hadleigh Castle should have been a longer one across Hadleigh Country Park but we didn’t have wellies and were soon up to our ankles in mud and had to have a shorter walk restricted to the country lanes! If you really are a townie and want to stay on the pavement throughout, why not try our Clacton Seafront walk – bags of fresh air, some amazing murals, spot the plaque commemorating young Winston Churchill coming ashore, Martello Towers and more!

There are a number of walking guides published which you may find useful. These include Pathfinder Essex, Essex Year Round Walks and for dog walkers there’s the aptly named Essex: Dog Walkers Guide

Happy walking!