Some ideas for walks in the Essex countryside around Upminster and Cranham as coronavirus limits our travel opportunities.

Updated 26/4/20 –

I’m glad that so many people are enjoying walks in the countryside around Upminster. Sadly a minority are not behaving appropriately and I have been asked to give some more guidelines with my walks. Actually they should be more than guidelines as they really must be followed.

Stick to footpaths. If the path is too narrow to pass within social distancing rules, wait for people coming the other way, or walk back to a passing point but don’t trample crops.

Do not approach horses and do not feed them anything. Horses can die from colic if they are fed unsuitable food.

Do not pick or trample wild flowers (many bluebells have been trampled).

Do not cycle on footpaths unless you know the landowner permits this.

Do not walk or congregate in private fields.

Please use common sense and think of others.

Upminster Walk 1 – Cranham Marsh

A circular walk across farmland and beside woods, passing All Saints Church & Cranham Marsh Nature Reserve. Approx 2 miles.

 

Upminster Walk 2 – Brickfields & Franks Wood

A circular walk across fields and through a wood notable for its displays of bluebells. 1 – 2 miles.

 

Upminster Walk 3 – Pike Pond

A circular walk across farmland, passing All Saints Church and Pike Pond. Approx 2 miles.

 

Upminster Walk 4 – Pot Kilns & Tomkyns

A varied walk on footpaths and roads, passing the hamlet of Pot Kilns and the historic Great Tomkyns. 3 – 4 miles.

 

Upminster Walk 5 – River Ingrebourne

A circular walk on footpaths through woods, beside the River Ingrebourne and around fields. Approx 2 miles.

 

Upminster Walk 6 – Brickfields, Franks Wood & M25

A circular walk across fields, through a wood notable for its displays of bluebells and with a little-seen view of the M25. This is an extension of Walk 2. Approx 2 miles.

 

Upminster Walk 7 – Pike Pond & Thames Chase Forest

A circular walk across farmland and through woods. Short and longer options. 3 / 4 miles.

 

Upminster Walk 8 – Parklands, Bonnets Wood & Berwick Glades

A circular walk crossing farmland, through woods, parts of Thames Chase and passing the historic Parklands Lake. Approx 4 miles.