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A south to north walk across Essex

Over the next few summers,I shall walk along footpaths and byeways,as much as is practicable,in an attempt to journey,across Essex,from south to north.Tilbury,is my start point.Sadly,sprained my right ankle in July 2008.Doctor advised against rambling until the New Year.So,I wore an ankle support for 6 months.The day I took it off in January 2009,whilst walking across some rough ground,I sprained my right ankle again.Then,in March 2009,I ruptured two tendons in my left knee.MRI scan on my left knee on Sat.16th May 2009.Now,to see specialist on 6th August.It's now late October 2010 and I've about 10 miles to go to finish the Cross Essex Walk.I've reached Church End,Ashdon.2nd November 2010;I've completed my cross Essex walk.Today,I walked from Church End,Ashdon to Hadstock,famed as being the place where St.Botolph had his Minster in 677AD and then north towards Linton,Cambridgeshire.The county boundary lies about 300 hundred yards from the village of Linton.I've done it,yet a more undulating section,with some sizeable hills,I can't remember.I walked the last,footpath-free section,to be able to say,truly,I did get to the most northerly point in Essex.No Identification Marker,but I was there.
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The World's End pub,Tilbury.
The World's End pub,Tilbury.
The signs for The World's End pub,Tilbury.
The signs for The World's End pub,Tilbury.
Trees line the approach to Tilbury Fort,main gateway.
Trees line the approach to Tilbury Fort,main gateway.
Reflections in moat.
Reflections in moat.
The north drawbridge.
The north drawbridge.
Factory reflected in the outer moat at Tilbury Fort.
Factory reflected in the outer moat at Tilbury Fort.
Tilbury Fort,riverside battery.
Tilbury Fort,riverside battery.
Tilbury Fort,the eastern battlements and moat.
Tilbury Fort,the eastern battlements and moat.
The footpath along the front of the sea wall
The footpath along the front of the sea wall
Looking east to the sea cliff.
Looking east to the sea cliff.
Sunken barge beside the shore.
Sunken barge beside the shore.
A rusting spar in a sunken barge.
A rusting spar in a sunken barge.
Tilbury Power Station and jetty.
Tilbury Power Station and jetty.
The sea claims another victim.
The sea claims another victim.
An old causeway ?
An old causeway ?
WW2  early Radar Tower and breakwaters
WW2 early Radar Tower and breakwaters
WW2 gun emplacement,with its own moat.
WW2 gun emplacement,with its own moat.
East Tilbury fort
East Tilbury fort
St.Catherine's church,C of E,East Tilbury.
St.Catherine's church,C of E,East Tilbury.
A small sea cliff.
A small sea cliff.
The old BATA shoe factory,East Tilbury.
The old BATA shoe factory,East Tilbury.
Lone tree by the railway line.
Lone tree by the railway line.
Railway crossing point.
Railway crossing point.
Corrugated iron house.
Corrugated iron house.
Hoford Road,West Tilbury.
Hoford Road,West Tilbury.
Holford Road,in the rain.
Holford Road,in the rain.
Holford Road / 2
Holford Road / 2
Bluebells in a wood.
Bluebells in a wood.
Wayside shrine to a young man named LUKE.
Wayside shrine to a young man named LUKE.
Exiting the wood onto Orsett Golf Course.
Exiting the wood onto Orsett Golf Course.
Footpath sign,Orsett Golf Course.
Footpath sign,Orsett Golf Course.
Blossom on the Golf Course.
Blossom on the Golf Course.
Storm clouds over the Golf Course.
Storm clouds over the Golf Course.
Rural beauty.
Rural beauty.
Max, in  Holford  Road, in  the  rain.
Max, in Holford Road, in the rain.
A  farm  gate, in reflection - 1
A farm gate, in reflection - 1
Country reflections.
Country reflections.
A rare sight of blue sky on a wet and windy day.
A rare sight of blue sky on a wet and windy day.
True blue English bluebells.
True blue English bluebells.
According to the OS map,the path goes through those trees.
According to the OS map,the path goes through those trees.
The path to Mill House.
The path to Mill House.
The original Orsett Lock Up,or Cage.
The original Orsett Lock Up,or Cage.
Red campion in the hedgerow.
Red campion in the hedgerow.
In Essex,these pass for stepping stones.
In Essex,these pass for stepping stones.
Looking upstream from the stepping stones.
Looking upstream from the stepping stones.
Wild flowers
Wild flowers
Path through the oilseed rape.
Path through the oilseed rape.
Stile and staircase.
Stile and staircase.
Footbridge.
Footbridge.
Can you spot the odd one out?
Can you spot the odd one out?
Painting of West Horndon village.
Painting of West Horndon village.
The dead tree by the stile
The dead tree by the stile
Footpath through West Horndon.
Footpath through West Horndon.
Looking back to the railway crossing
Looking back to the railway crossing
The blocked path.
The blocked path.
The approach to Nuttys Farm.
The approach to Nuttys Farm.
Spring beauty on Jury Hill.
Spring beauty on Jury Hill.
The vista south from Jury Hill.
The vista south from Jury Hill.
Reflections in Thornwood Country Park lake.
Reflections in Thornwood Country Park lake.
Amotte,a motte,my kingdom for a motte...
Amotte,a motte,my kingdom for a motte...
The pigeon mount.
The pigeon mount.
Evening sunlight through a tree.
Evening sunlight through a tree.
Footpath through the woods.
Footpath through the woods.
A carpet of petals.
A carpet of petals.
Herongate
Herongate
Heron Hall.
Heron Hall.
Looking east from Blind Lane.
Looking east from Blind Lane.
The horse ride.
The horse ride.
Reflections in the fishing lake.
Reflections in the fishing lake.
Trees reflected in the fishing lake.
Trees reflected in the fishing lake.
Max,enjoying the shade.
Max,enjoying the shade.
Behold!,the storm is coming.
Behold!,the storm is coming.
Spring  blossoms
Spring blossoms
The old farmstead.
The old farmstead.
Buttercups line the route.
Buttercups line the route.
Roofs reflect in the River Wid.
Roofs reflect in the River Wid.
Reflections in the ford.
Reflections in the ford.
Mountnessing Hall and St.Giles church.
Mountnessing Hall and St.Giles church.
C 16th  century  Mountnessing  Hall.
C 16th century Mountnessing Hall.
c 16th  century  Mountnessing  Hall.
c 16th century Mountnessing Hall.
C 11th  century  St. Giles  church, Mountnessing.
C 11th century St. Giles church, Mountnessing.
Farmland near Mountnessing Hall.
Farmland near Mountnessing Hall.
Cat sleeping by blue door.
Cat sleeping by blue door.
Pretty cottages.
Pretty cottages.
The thatched cottage
The thatched cottage
Field poppy and ox-eye daisies.
Field poppy and ox-eye daisies.
Hogweed lines the path to West Hanningfield.
Hogweed lines the path to West Hanningfield.
Roses  by  the  kissing  gate.
Roses by the kissing gate.
Dead tree in the early evening.
Dead tree in the early evening.
St.Margaret's Church
St.Margaret's Church
Approaching St.Peter's Way footbridge over the A130.
Approaching St.Peter's Way footbridge over the A130.
St. Peter's  Way ,near  East  Hanningfield
St. Peter's Way ,near East Hanningfield
All Saints,East Hanningfield
All Saints,East Hanningfield
This bridge carries St. Peter's Way over the A 130.
This bridge carries St. Peter's Way over the A 130.
A post WW2 pre-fab.
A post WW2 pre-fab.
St.Mary's church,Buttsbury.
St.Mary's church,Buttsbury.
Verdant stile.
Verdant stile.
An  RUPP (road used as public path)
An RUPP (road used as public path)
A leafy grove.
A leafy grove.
Approaching  West  Hanningfield
Approaching West Hanningfield
Stock tower mill(restored).
Stock tower mill(restored).
C.15th century  Grade II Listed Building The Three Compasses pub .
C.15th century Grade II Listed Building The Three Compasses pub .
The shore near East Tilbury.
The shore near East Tilbury.
The sunken barge,at Tilbury.
The sunken barge,at Tilbury.
Looking west from Mountnessing Hall
Looking west from Mountnessing Hall
Field poppies in barley.
Field poppies in barley.
Mountnessing Hall
Mountnessing Hall
Follow  that  sign
Follow that sign
Summer's beauty
Summer's beauty
Fields of wild flowers
Fields of wild flowers
The Village Sign
The Village Sign
The post mill,(restored)
The post mill,(restored)
Looking through a hedge.
Looking through a hedge.
Bicknacre Priory Information Board.
Bicknacre Priory Information Board.
Bicknacre Priory Arch
Bicknacre Priory Arch
St. Peter's  Way, near  Bicknacre
St. Peter's Way, near Bicknacre
Near Bicknacre
Near Bicknacre
Strange  as  it  may  seem, the  Dutch  think  Essex  is  hilly.
Strange as it may seem, the Dutch think Essex is hilly.
The house for sale,next the church at Purleigh
The house for sale,next the church at Purleigh
All  Saints Church, Purleigh
All Saints Church, Purleigh
All Saints Church , Purleigh
All Saints Church , Purleigh
A  quiet  corner  in  Purleigh.
A quiet corner in Purleigh.
Footpath  through  the  vineyard.
Footpath through the vineyard.
The  vineyard, Purleigh
The vineyard, Purleigh
Looking  NE  to  Osea  Island.
Looking NE to Osea Island.
A  strange  carving, looking  vaguely  familiar.
A strange carving, looking vaguely familiar.
Purleigh  Mount.
Purleigh Mount.
The way ahead
The way ahead
The Griffin P.H.,Danbury.
The Griffin P.H.,Danbury.
A  pair  of  Essex  curiosities.
A pair of Essex curiosities.
The  path  through  the  woods.
The path through the woods.
A  rickety  footbridge.
A rickety footbridge.
The verandah
The verandah
The  return  path.
The return path.
The  tree  in  the  middle  of  the  path.
The tree in the middle of the path.
Bicknacre
Bicknacre
A  footpath  on  Danbury  Common.
A footpath on Danbury Common.
Footpath  by  Horne  Row.
Footpath by Horne Row.
The Cricketers pub,Danbury  Common.
The Cricketers pub,Danbury Common.
Apples  litter  the  path.
Apples litter the path.
St.  John  the Baptist  church,C of E.
St. John the Baptist church,C of E.
A  wooden  stile.
A wooden stile.
St.Mary's Church.
St.Mary's Church.
A   wayside beauty.
A wayside beauty.
Behind  the  old  tiles.
Behind the old tiles.
Pond near the old millmound.
Pond near the old millmound.
The  hound  from  hell.
The hound from hell.
A  popular  watering  hole.
A popular watering hole.
Fryerning  green
Fryerning green
An  ancient  boundary  ditch.
An ancient boundary ditch.
Rose  Cottage.
Rose Cottage.
The  meeting  point
The meeting point
A  country  cottage
A country cottage
A  drunken  street  sign
A drunken street sign
Deep  in  the  forest.
Deep in the forest.
An  avenue  of  silver  birch  trees.
An avenue of silver birch trees.
Sunlight  shafting  through  trees.
Sunlight shafting through trees.
Looking  to  Hands  Farm ,from  Old  Barns.
Looking to Hands Farm ,from Old Barns.
Pleasing  countryside.
Pleasing countryside.
Looking  back  to  Old  Barns  and  Parsons  Spring.
Looking back to Old Barns and Parsons Spring.
One  of  the  locals.
One of the locals.
Horsfrith  Park  Farm  pond.
Horsfrith Park Farm pond.
Arriving  at  the  A414, Ongar  to  Chelmsford  main  road.
Arriving at the A414, Ongar to Chelmsford main road.
Entrance to The Cuckoo.
Entrance to "The Cuckoo".
An  old, rather  dilapidated  phone  box..
An old, rather dilapidated phone box..
Fields  by  Colley  Bridge.
Fields by Colley Bridge.
Looking  to  Cooksmill  Green, from  Colleybridge  Lane
Looking to Cooksmill Green, from Colleybridge Lane
Colley  Bridge.
Colley Bridge.
Patience  Bridge.
Patience Bridge.
Cherry  Tree  Cottages.
Cherry Tree Cottages.
Petals  carpet  The  Street  corner.
Petals carpet The Street corner.
Footpath  through  oilseed  rape.
Footpath through oilseed rape.
Approach  to  Boyton  Hall.
Approach to Boyton Hall.
My  companions  having  sampled  the  local  brew.
My companions having sampled the local brew.
Such  a  poser.
Such a poser.
Poppies  at  Mashbury
Poppies at Mashbury
The  path  to  Mashbury
The path to Mashbury
The  abandoned  church, after 1,000  years  use.
The abandoned church, after 1,000 years use.
Shop  cottages, near  Mashbury.
Shop cottages, near Mashbury.
A  pond  along  the  way.
A pond along the way.
Bards  Hall  cottage.
Bards Hall cottage.
The  private  road  from  Bards  Hall  to  a  farm  by Pleshey  Castle.
The private road from Bards Hall to a farm by Pleshey Castle.
Pleshey  Church.
Pleshey Church.
.Wisteria  drapes  over  a  gate,
.Wisteria drapes over a gate,
This  house  greets  you  in  Pleshey.
This house greets you in Pleshey.
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The  White  Horse  pub.
The White Horse pub.
A  period  house on The  Street.
A period house on The Street.
The  Holy  Trinity  church.
The Holy Trinity church.
The  White  Horse  pub,with  chestnut  tree.
The White Horse pub,with chestnut tree.
Pleshey  Castle, the  motte
Pleshey Castle, the motte
Pleshey  Castle  moat
Pleshey Castle moat
APECHILDE  beside  Absol  Park.(Tall wood)
"APECHILDE" beside Absol Park.(Tall wood)
Old  Park  Farm  from  Wall  Farm.
Old Park Farm from Wall Farm.
Field  poppies, with  Felstead  Mill, behind.
Field poppies, with Felstead Mill, behind.
Beware  of  the  bull
Beware of the bull
The  Post  Office, Felsted.
The Post Office, Felsted.
Felsted  Mill.
Felsted Mill.
Holy  Cross  Parish  Church, with  roses, adjacent.
Holy Cross Parish Church, with roses, adjacent.
In  a  Range  Rover  you  can  go  anywhere !.
In a Range Rover you can go anywhere !.
A  range  of  barns.
A range of barns.
The  Church  of  St.John  the  Evangelist
The Church of St.John the Evangelist
The  Swan  at  Felsted  public  house.
The Swan at Felsted public house.
Ford  End  village  sign
Ford End village sign
A  pretty  cottage.
A pretty cottage.
The  Boote  House
The Boote House
The  path  leaving  Felsted, going  north  to  Stebbing.
The path leaving Felsted, going north to Stebbing.
Looking  towards  Seward's  Hall.
Looking towards Seward's Hall.
Stebbingford  Farm  pond.
Stebbingford Farm pond.
Poppies  litter  a  pasture.
Poppies litter a pasture.
A  field  of  poppies.
A field of poppies.
Wild  red  poppies  in  a  fallow  field.
Wild red poppies in a fallow field.
Felsted .
Felsted .
My  first  glimpse  of  Holy  Cross  church  tower.
My first glimpse of Holy Cross church tower.
Holy  Cross  Parish  Church, from  the  adjacent  bench.
Holy Cross Parish Church, from the adjacent bench.
Stebbing  Brook  beside  the  footpath, under  the  new  A120.
Stebbing Brook beside the footpath, under the new A120.
Mr. Marker - Post. LOL
Mr. Marker - Post. LOL
Approaching  Stebbing.
Approaching Stebbing.
C14th  century  St. Mary  the  Virgin   church.
C14th century St. Mary the Virgin church.
Stile  in  the  shade.
Stile in the shade.
Poplars  lined  the  track.
Poplars lined the track.
The  footbridge  over  Stebbing  Brook.
The footbridge over Stebbing Brook.
A  lovely  Grade II listed, timber  framed  house.
A lovely Grade II listed, timber framed house.
Stebbing  Mount.
Stebbing Mount.
Stebbing  mount
Stebbing mount
An  entrance  to  Stebbing  Park.
An entrance to Stebbing Park.
Wild  blossoms
Wild blossoms
St. Peter  and  St. Paul's  church.
St. Peter and St. Paul's church.
Some  cottages  near  the  church.
Some cottages near the church.
Arundels,Grade II listed building
"Arundels",Grade II listed building
Seamus sunning  himself  on  the  lawn.
"Seamus "sunning himself on the lawn.
Bardfield  Saling  church.
Bardfield Saling church.
The  way  north.
The way north.
St. Katherine's  church.
St. Katherine's church.
Looking  down  the  hill  to  Little  Bardfield.
Looking down the hill to Little Bardfield.
You  are  here !
"You are here ! "
Gt  Clerkes  farmhouse
Gt Clerkes farmhouse
West  Wood  information  board
West Wood information board
Braintree Road
Braintree Road
St. Mary the Virgin church.
St. Mary the Virgin church.
My  hedgerow  escorts.
My hedgerow escorts.
Wayside  beauties.
Wayside beauties.
Reflection  in  park  lake
Reflection in park lake
Brilliant  lads, that'll  spoil  his  picture.
Brilliant lads, that'll spoil his picture.
A  lone  deer  keeps  a  safe  distance.
A lone deer keeps a safe distance.
A  country  lane  with  the  hedges  removed.
A country lane with the hedges removed.
The  descent  to  Little  Bardfield.
The descent to Little Bardfield.
Dandelions  amongst  the  avenue at The  Hydes.
Dandelions amongst the avenue at The Hydes.
House  being  thatched.
House being thatched.
Victorian  wall  mounted  post  box
Victorian wall mounted post box
Chequers
"Chequers"
The Vine ,public house.
The Vine ,public house.
Good  husbandry  in  progress
Good husbandry in progress
Tractors  just  don't  look  the  same  as  when  I  was  a  lad.
Tractors just don't look the same as when I was a lad.
A  man  on  a  white  horse.
A man on a white horse.
Little  Bardfield
Little Bardfield
An  old  timber  barn.
An old timber barn.
The  avenue , Hydes.
The avenue , Hydes.
A  green  lane  near  West  Wood.
A green lane near West Wood.
Harrowing  the  fields  by  West Wood
Harrowing the fields by West Wood
WW2  pill  box  at  former  RAF  base.
WW2 pill box at former RAF base.
Looking  out  over  former  RAF  Wimbish
Looking out over former RAF Wimbish
WW2  pill  box  at  former  RAF  base.
WW2 pill box at former RAF base.
Access  road   to  Gt. Brockholds  Farm
Access road to Gt. Brockholds Farm
Leafy  lane.
Leafy lane.
Radwinter  church
Radwinter church
Approaching  Radwinter.
Approaching Radwinter.
Pretty  gardens  in  Radwinter
Pretty gardens in Radwinter
Radwinter  village  sign.
Radwinter village sign.
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Looking  along  the  alignment  of  the  Roman  Road.
Looking along the alignment of the Roman Road.
The  way  ahead
The way ahead
The  prepared  and  un-prepared  paths
The prepared and un-prepared paths
Passing  Sprigg's  Farm.
Passing Sprigg's Farm.
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Water  End, near  Ashdon
Water End, near Ashdon
Thatched  cottage  in  Water  End
Thatched cottage in Water End
A  few  of  the  locals  enjoying  the  autumnal  sunshine.
A few of the locals enjoying the autumnal sunshine.
Church  End, across  the  fields
Church End, across the fields
All  Saints'  Church
All Saints' Church
Keeping  it  simple.
Keeping it simple.
In  serried  ranks  assembled
"In serried ranks assembled"
Autumn  in  the  churchyard
Autumn in the churchyard
Lane  past  Little Mortimers.
Lane past "Little Mortimers".
As  straight  as  a  die.
As straight as a die.
Two  rainbows  and  a  thunderous  shower
Two rainbows and a thunderous shower
The   medieval   Guildhall.
The medieval Guildhall.
Ashdon  School  plaque
Ashdon School plaque
Looking  towards  Bowsers  across  the  fields
Looking towards Bowsers across the fields
Autumn  colours  in  Rectory  Lane
Autumn colours in Rectory Lane
Beautiful  autumnal  colours.
Beautiful autumnal colours.
Stiles  and  a  footbridge near  Rickett's  Farm.
Stiles and a footbridge near Rickett's Farm.
Footbridge  over  a  wooded  gully.
Footbridge over a wooded gully.
The  concrete  road   to  Bowsers.
The concrete road to Bowsers.
Autumn  leaves  bedeck  a  barn
Autumn leaves bedeck a barn
Former  WW2  building
Former WW2 building
A  sturdy  stile, that's  seen  better  days
A sturdy stile, that's seen better days
Windfalls , many, I  suspect.
Windfalls , many, I suspect.
The  exit  gate  from  Bowser's  orchard.
The exit gate from Bowser's orchard.
WW2  RAF  Hadstock  Control  Tower.
WW2 RAF Hadstock Control Tower.
A   misleading   view.
A misleading view.
The  tower  of  St.Botolph's  church
The tower of St.Botolph's church
The  footpath  through  the  medieval  village  into  St.Botolph's  churchyard
The footpath through the medieval village into St.Botolph's churchyard
Footpath  entrance  to  St.Botolph's  Churchyard
Footpath entrance to St.Botolph's Churchyard
St. Botolph's church
St. Botolph's church
The  Millenium  Cross  in  St.Botolph's  Church
The Millenium Cross in St.Botolph's Church
Looking  down  from  St.Botolph's  church  to  the  village
Looking down from St.Botolph's church to the village
Unusual  inscription on a shed
Unusual inscription on a shed
Hadstock  village  sign
Hadstock village sign
An  autumnal  scene
An autumnal scene
Leaving  Hadstock, looking  to  Haw's  Hill.
Leaving Hadstock, looking to Haw's Hill.
The  view  from Haw's  Hill.
The view from Haw's Hill.
The  most  northerly  footbridge  in  Essex.
The most northerly footbridge in Essex.
Looking  from  Essex  into  Cambridgeshire.
Looking from Essex into Cambridgeshire.
The  most  northerly  point  in  Essex.
The most northerly point in Essex.
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