Walking in the Colne Valley

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Over Hall
A beautiful walk, starting from Earls Colne which takes you across the valley and through tranquil countryside and giving lovely views of the Colne Valley.

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Chalkney Wood
Again starting from Earls Colne this walk takes in the wonderful scenery of the Colne valley, you can enjoy a walk along a disused railway,around Chalkney wood and return through pleasant farmland.

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Fair Maid
Supplied by the River Colne Countryside Project, this is a wonderful walk starting from the heart of the Colne Valley at Chappel, following the bottom of the valley for a short distance before heading north to the top of the valley and coming round in a large circle to descend back down into the valley.

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Margery Allingham
The last in this series of walks supplied by the River Colne Countryside Project. Starting from Chappel this walk takes you along the top of the south side of the valley giving you some of the best views of the north and west of the valley, then on through the ancient woodland of Chalkney wood before returning along the bottom of the valley to Chappel.

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Margery Millers Maid Walk
This walk is the Margery Allingham Walk, the Fair Maid and the Millers Drift walk combined to create a wonderful route which traverses the Colne Valley. Starting from Chappel it follows the River Colne to Ford Street before turning north and climbing to the North side of the valley.
On reaching the top, you head west before descending back down into the valley and on to Chalkney wood from which you return along the south side of the valley which has the most wonderful views of the Essex countryside.

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Colne Engaine
This walk was written by Mr.R.J.Thomas who lives in Colchester and is a regular walker of the Colne Valley.

This is a very pretty walk which is ideal if you just want a bit of exercise amidst beautiful scenery for an hour or so or if you have a bit more time and energy it can be extended quite easily. It is mainly along quiet country lanes so special footwear is not needed and it can be done in all weathers.

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3 or 4.5

River Colne & Hillhouse Wood
This walk was written by John Edwards who lives in White colne. He is a keen walker and has written a number of books and guides about walking in this area and Norfolk. Over the last Six years John has also organised an annual charity walk called the Essex Way walk which has raised
over £20,000 in aid of the St. Helena Hospice in Colchester.

The Highlight of this walk is most certainly the wood at West Bergholt, Hillhouse Wood, magnificent woodland with access to the many paths, the floor of the wood is a mass of Bluebells in the spring. The wood was bought by the residents of West Bergholt and is managed by The Woodland Trust.

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Monument Walk
This is a lovely circular walk starting from Earls Colne which after passing the grounds of Colne Park House, heads across towards Countess Cross.
You will also have the opportunity to experience some of the history of the area as you pass the site of the old church and monastery which is now scheduled as a national monument and you will also see Overshot Mill as you return towards Earls Colne.

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