Sandon to Writtle
Monday 9th July 2018
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The Starting Point - St. Andrew's Church, Sandon. From here the route goes down Brick Kiln Lane to the Maldon Road.
Turning left on the Maldon Road you can either take a diagonally path across the field, or go a little bit further and walk down Sandford Mill Lane. The diagonal route is the official path, but it depends on the condition of the field that you have to cross.
The waymarker, indicating the diagonal route across the field.
The diagonal path in January 2018
The path today, dry and overgrown
At the bottom of Sandford Mill Lane a small bridge takes you over a branch of the River Chelmer. After this the route turns right into Brook End Road before reaching Sandford Mill Lock on the Chelmer & Blackwater Canal.
Sandford Mill Lock. Turning right along the canal here, towards Maldon, the route passes under the A12 and follows a direction parallel to the A12. Traffic noise increases as the A 12 gets closer. The canal tow path does an almost 90 degree turn to the right, and the Centenary Circle branches off here on a path which goes underneath the A12.
Leaving the A12 and heading to the underpass of the A12
The route continues up a road called Townsend, alongside new houses. Here the route is not so clear and it is easy to make a mistake. The official route vers off to the right and comes out at Sainsbury's Roundabout; we continued straight and came out onto Chelmer Village Way. We debated whether to go back, but decided that it would be easier to carry on past B&Q and to go down Colchester Road.
After crossing the railway bridge by Mercedes Benz, the route goes off to the right into Beaulie Park. The path marker is not that easy to see, but is roughly half way between the railway bridge and the subsequent roundabout. My map was rather old (1998) and Beaulie Park was not shown, making the path more difficult to follow.
The path goes off to the right before the roundabout
Footpath to the right of the houses
We came to a point shown roughly with the black dot above. Our instinct said that we should turn left, but the map seemed to be indicating that we should go right behind the back of New Hall School. Our route is shown in red, and we emerged halfway down the tree lined entrance to New Hall School. No a big deviation, and we will know the route should we do the walk again.
The tree-lined entrance to New Hall School
New Hall School
Back on track again, just to the right of New Hall School entrance
Really dry fields as we head out into the countryside again towards Broomfield
The stretch behind New Hall School as we headed towards Essex Regiment Way
We were soon in the middle of a building site that is the extension to Beaulie Park housing
This path led to Essex Regiment Way, which we crossed and joined a smaller road behind it. Here we turned to the left for a short distance before regaining the path towards Broomfield.
Crossing two bridges over the River Chelmer as we approached Mill Lane
We took a small snicket off Mill Lane which led to Broomfield Football Club
Broomfield Football Club.... a good place for lunch on the benches provided. After that we emerged onto the Broomfield Road, near the Broomfield Library. A short walk to the right along the B1008 saw us taking the path opposite the entrance to Mill Lane.
The path arced to the right crossing a small road until we came to a second small road, by Brickbarns Farm on Mashbury Road. Here the direction was not so clear. We should have taken a route which comes out on the Chelmsford side of the Horse and Groom Pub on the Rainsford Road, but we managed to take another path which came out at the roundabout opposite Lordship Lane.
Lawford Lane soon changes to a dirt track and ends up in the centre of Writtle