Heybridge to Howe Green along Chelmer & Blackwater Canal
24.25 km - 5 hrs 48 mins
Friday 26th January 2018
This walk was intended as a variation to the walk I did one week earlier, but instead of going into Chelmsford from Sandford Mill Lock, I intended to try the route from Sanford Mill Lock to Howe Green, via Sandon.
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Quite cold and misty, with a grey sky, as I left the Old Ship pub in Heybridge
Grey pall over the Blackwater Estuary
Extensive work still continues on the sea lock
Along the canal
Crossing over to the other side of the canal at Maldon Bypass Gates
It started to get muddy under foot!
Beeleigh Flood Gates
High water level at Beeleigh Lock
Langford Road Pipe Bridge
Snowdrops appearing..... Spring on the way?
Flooded tow path
Hoe Mill Lock
The Old Stables Tea Room at Paper Mill Lock
What could be better than a bowl of warming soup?
(Their cakes are to die for!)
Paper Mill Lock moorings
Grace's Bridge, leading to Hammonds Road
Sandford Mill Lock moorings
Sandford Mill Lock
At Sanford Mill Lock, rather than continuing along the canal into Chelmsford and taking the bus home, I decided to walk directly to Howe Green. Crossing the bridge over the canal at Sandford Mill Lock takes you into Brook End Road; here you take a left and head towards the A414. You can't take a car up this section as it passes over a stream on a pedestrian bridge.
The path goes past Mill Cottages and rises up towards manor Farm. Here, at the cross roads, there is a path that goes across the field towards the Danbury Road, the A414. There was a sign here indicating the route of the path, but it has been snapped off; perhaps the farmers is trying to discourage people taking this path!
Heading towards the Danbury Road
Crossing the Danbury Road opposite the bus stop, the route goes down Brick Kiln Lane to Sandon, coming out by St Andrew's Church and The Crown pub.
The Crown at Sandon
The route continues down Hall Lane, right to the end, where a small bridge takes the path over a stream. The path rises slightly into a snicket which runs parallel to the A12.
This comes out at a bridge which crosses the A12 and leads to the quarries. This in turn leads to a footpath which skirts Sandon Hall, and via the Bridleway leads to Howe Green.