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Great Dunmow and Little Easton
Great Dunmow
Great Dunmow
The Flitch Way, a former railway track, is used for the first part of the walk. You then head across fields to the delightful church at Little Easton and continue along tracks and field paths to Great Dunmow's church.
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Dunmow town hall is Eliabethan.

Dunmow parish church is mostly 14th century.

The Dunmow Flitch competition occurs annually.

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Start: Great Dunmow
Distance: 5½ miles (8.9 km)
Approximate time: 2½ hours
Parking: Great Dunmow
Refreshments: Pubs and cafes at Great Dunmow, pubs at Church End
Map: OS Landranger 167 (Chelmsford, Harlow & Bishop's Stortford)
Explorer 195 (Braintree & Saffron Walden)

The walk begins in the Market Place at Great Dunmow by the attractive, half-timbered Elizabethan Old Town Hall.

Start by turning left along the main street, in the Chelmsford direction, turn right by the war memorial into New Street and at a Flitch Way sign, turn right along a tarmac path.

Where the path emerges on to the end of a road, bear right to continue along an enclosed, partially tree-lined path and pass beside a barrier on to a road.

Turn left and, where the road turns left, keep ahead to pass beside another barrier and walk along an enclosed tarmac path, passing houses and the end of a road to a stile.

Climb the stile, descend steps to carefully cross the busy A120, ascend steps opposite, go through a kissing-gate and turn right.

This is the Flitch Way, which follows the line of the former Braintree to Bishop's Stortford Railway. At first the route keeps along the top of an embankment - at one stage there is a boardwalk over a boggy area - later you continue through a cutting, pass under a bridge and keep ahead to a gate.

After going through it, turn right along a track, recross the A120 and turn left. At a public bridleway sign, turn right along the left-hand edge of a field, by the side of High Wood, go through a hedge gap in the field corner and keep ahead across the next field.

Continue along the right-hand edge of trees and finally walk along a short stretch of enclosed path, curving right to emerge on to a lane by the delightful little church at Little Easton.

Turn right and, at a public footpath sign just beyond the church, bear right to follow a track across a field, keeping to the left of a group of trees to reach a waymarked post.

Continue in the same direction to a T-junction and turn left on to a track that bears right to a house. Cross a tarmac track to the right of the house, walk along a concrete track opposite and, in front of a gate, bear left along a track, by a fence on the right.

Bear right to continue along the right-hand edge of a field, go through a kissing-gate and head uphill.

At the top, keep along the right-hand field edge, and the track bears left beside trees on the left to a waymarked post. Head across the field to climb a stile, keep ahead by garden fences and hedges on the left and continue across to a stile by another waymarked post.

After climbing it, walk along a track and turn right beside a spacious green to reach a road near the Cricketers pub. Keep ahead and where the main road bends right, turn left, in the Great Bardfield and Finchingfield direction.

The road bends left in front of the Angel and Harp pub to St Mary's, the mainly 14th-century parish church of Great Dunmow, but the route continues along a track to the right of the pub.

The track bears right in front of a house to a kissing-gate. Go through, and bear left across a meadow beside the River Chelmer, pass through a hedge gap and continue across the next meadow to join the river.

Keep beside it to a tarmac path by a footbridge and turn right.

At a fork immediately ahead, take the left-hand path, which heads gently uphill to pass beside a barrier. Keep ahead to a road, continue gently uphill to a T-junction and bear right to return to the Market Place.

From Essex Walks Pathfinder Guide, compiled by Brian Conduit (pub. Jarrold, ISBN. 0-7117-1594-7)

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