The winter months can be dreary. Grey skies, rain, snow and short days can leave you feeling low and uninspired. However, getting outdoors can improve your health and well-being. This is especially important during the flu season and when you might be over-doing it a bit during the party season… Never fear! Our region offers many wonderful walks to get you moving and clear your mind. So, read on for our take on the best Essex winter walks for 2019.
Essex Winter Walks
Our region hosts a number of organised walks. For instance, wildlife lovers can join winter walks with the Essex Wildlife Trust. These include guided walks in local nature reserves as well self-led walks along the ‘Christmas trail’ at Hornchurch Country Park. In addition, Walking for Health offers walks all around the Southeast. Similarly, a number of Ramblers groups are active in the region, as well as Hike Essex, an established walking group for people in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Finally, Greyhound Walks holds regular group walks for greyhounds, lurchers and other sighthounds across Essex.
While guided walks can be a great way to socialise and experience the outdoors, sometimes you just want to do your own thing. Happily, Essex is bursting with fantastic footpaths. So, there’s plenty of choices for Essex winter walks in 2019. For instance, why not visit the ancient oak, ‘Old Knobbly‘, in the woods at Furze Hill in Mistley? At 800 years old, Old Knobbly’s seen it all: ‘The defeat of the Spanish Armada, the Battle of Waterloo, and in modern times the sinking of the Titanic and the two World Wars’. Moreover, there are coastal walks, rambles through ‘Constable Country’ and more. To plan your route, check out Essex Walks’s tremendous listing of local footpaths.
Walks near Great Dumow
Our own town of Great Dunmow is close to a number of excellent walking opportunities. MapMyWalk provides a clear listing of our local footpaths, their length and difficulty. Indeed, our county and town is so attractive to walkers that we’re a great spot for Essex winter walks in 2019. For example, visit nearby Hatfield Forest. Here you’ll glimpse a medieval hunting forest once used by kings and nobles. Indeed, fallow deer descended from the herd of King Henry I still roam the Forest. Hatfield Forest is a quick 15-minute drive from Harwood House. However, a more adventurous way of getting to the Forest is via a popular walking path which runs through Great Dunmow itself.
There is also the Flitch Way. Located close to the steps of our Stansted B&B, the Flitch Way is a 15-mile route stretching from Braintree to Bishop’s Stortford. A converted railway line, it is now a scenic path perfect for walking, jogging and cycling. There are countless additional trails nearby with varying degrees of difficulty each offering stunning countryside scenery. Go to MapMyWalk.com to see the many regional trails you can enjoy.
Planning an Essex Winter Walk in 2019?
As a locally run Stansted B&B nestled in the heart of Great Dunmow, we are perfectly placed to help our guests get the most out of their trip to Essex. This is why guests choose to stay at B&Bs rather than hotels! Our local knowledge and personal service cannot be beaten by the big hotel chains. Indeed, we look forward to crafting a unique getaway experience for you. Get in touch to book with Harwood House!