Hadleigh to Stratford Legacy Walk

The Hadleigh to Stratford (H2S) walk is a 75 mile long distance trail that was created as a legacy to the 2012 London Olympics. The walk connects the mountain biking centre in Hadleigh Country Park to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Hadleigh to Stratford Legacy Walk – Introduction from Teresa

Over the next two programmes, I am proposing to lead the Hadleigh to Stratford Legacy Walk.  This 75-mile route commemorates the 2012 Olympic Games, connecting these two sites.  Familiar paths are incorporated including The Saffron Trail, St Peter’s Way and Essex Way, which many members will have completed in their entirety.  I have used public transport.  However, Fryerning (Mill Green), which is where those who devised the walk suggest that day three ends and day four begins, does not appear to be on a bus route.  Therefore, I am intending to walk on a little further to Blackmore, where a bus can be caught to Chelmsford.  On some sections, it is possible for those who wish to do a half day walk to catch a bus back to the city centre.


Section 1 – Saturday, 11 May, Leigh-on-Sea Station to Hockley Woods (9.25 miles)

Catch No 70 bus at 8.09 am from Braintree bus park to Chelmsford bus station. Catch No 3 bus (stand 1) at 9.20 am to Leigh-on-Sea.  Anticipated arrival time 10.30 am.  Alight near shops and turn right down Belton Way. The walk will commence at 10.45 am at the top of the steps leading from the station.  Alternatively, drive to Hockley Woods (free parking on Saturdays) then cross the road to catch No 7 bus at 9.03 am to Southend-on-Sea Travel Centre and transfer to No 26 bus to reach Leigh-on-Sea. The length of journey time on buses Nos 7 and 26 is approximately 49 and 21 minutes respectively. These services operate at 30-minute intervals. After the walk, those who have used public transport from Braintree or Chelmsford will catch a bus to Rayleigh station to connect with No 3 or X30 service to the city.


Section 2 – Saturday, 1 June, Hockley Woods to East Hanningfield (12 miles)

Catch No 70 bus at 8.09 am from Braintree bus park to Chelmsford bus station. Catch No 3 bus (stand 1) at 9.20 am to Rayleigh station.  Anticipated arrival time 10.02 am, hopefully, able to connect with 10.05 am No 7 bus to Hockley Woods to enable walk to commence at 10.30 am.  However, if we have to wait for the next bus, walk will commence at 11.00 am. Alternatively, drive to East Hanningfield (free car park) then catch No 3 bus at 9.39 am to Rayleigh station.  Wait at stop opposite the road to the school.  The halfway point of today’s walk is Battlesbridge from where one may catch No 3 bus to the city after completing 5.5 miles.  This bus operates every 2 hours.  I envisage that we will be able to catch the 4.31 pm from East Hanningfield back to Chelmsford.  The last bus is at 6.31 pm.

 

Section 3 – Saturday, 13 July, East Hanningfield to Blackmore (approx. 14.25 miles)

Catch No 70 bus at 8.09 am from Braintree bus park to Chelmsford bus station. Catch No 3 bus (stand 1) at 9.20 am to East Hanningfield.  Anticipated arrival time 9.39 am hence walk will commence at 9.45 am.  For shorter walk it is possible to catch No 100 bus from Stock to Chelmsford after approximately 6.25 miles.  This bus service is 2-hourly.  I envisage that we would catch the 4.12 pm bus at the conclusion of the walk.  The last bus from Blackmore is 6.54 pm. Those wishing to park in Blackmore may have to liaise with another driver, as there is no direct bus service to East Hanningfield.

 

Section 4 – Saturday, 20 July, Blackmore to Chipping Ongar (approx 7.75 miles)

Catch No 70 bus at 8.09 am from Braintree bus park to Chelmsford bus station.  Catch No 32 bus at 9.13 am to Blackmore.  The walk will commence at 10.15 am to allow those who wish to park in Chipping Ongar to catch No 32 bus at 9.57 am to Blackmore. Wait at the stop on the same side as Budworth Hall.  There is a pay and display car park behind the bus stop. Turn right past the latter to access it.  The 32 or 46 bus can be caught at the end of the walk to return to Chelmsford.

 

Section 5 – Saturday, 3 August, Chipping Ongar to Epping (8.5 miles)

Catch No 70 bus at 8.09 am from Braintree bus park to Chelmsford bus station. Catch No 32 bus at 9.13 am to Chipping Ongar.  The walk will commence at 10.30 am to allow those who wish to park in Epping to catch the No 420 bus at 9.53 am to Chipping Ongar.  This is an hourly service and takes approximately 20 minutes.  Wait at stop outside the church in Epping High Street. Recommended car park is at Bakers Lane (CM16 5EG) situated behind the church.  The cost on a Saturday appears to be £1.00 from 8.00 am – 6.00 pm but please check when purchasing a ticket. Catch No 420 bus to Chipping Ongar at the conclusion of the walk and then the 32 or 65 bus to Chelmsford.