Distance: 5½ miles (8.9 km)
Approximate time: 2½ hours
Parking: Great Dunmow
Refreshments: Pubs and cafes at Great Dunmow, pubs at Church
Map: OS Landranger 167 (Chelmsford, Harlow & Bishop's Stortford)
Explorer 195 (Braintree & Saffron Walden)
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
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
From Essex Walks Pathfinder Guide, compiled
by Brian Conduit (pub. Jarrold, ISBN. 0-7117-1594-7)