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Howe Green - Chelmsford - Writtle - Galleywood - Howe Green

24th March 2021


Distance Time Elevation in meters

Gain Loss Min Max
24.03 5H14 4H45 137 137 24 89






Start Point in United Reform Chapel in Howe Green 

The Bridleway

Skirting around the Gravel Pits

Approaching the A12 bridge

Crossing the A12. Keep left along the concrete road.

Exiting Gravel Pits road. Keep right past Great Baddow Lawn Tennis Club towards Great Baddow

Turn left past Baycroft Care Home towards Great Baddow

Baycroft Care Home

Entering Great Baddow


Heading towards The White Horse with the church on the right

Snicket next to the church leading to The Vineyards shopping centre

St Mary's Church

The Vineyards


Exiting The Vineyards onto Baddow Road

The Blue Lion

Past The Beehive pub, now looking a bit sorry for itself

Army & Navy roundabout

Underpass to Aldi on the other side of the roundabout

Bell Meadow, with the underpass to Admiral's Park on the left

River Cam at bell Meadow, near The Market multi storey car park

Admiral's Park


Approaching the railway arches

Recreation on the River Cam



Underpass under Writtle Road

The Saffron Trail to Saffron Waldron passes this way


This route is also on the Chelmsford Centenary Trail


Coming into Writtle at St John's Green

Pakwan Restaurant, Writtle on the corner of Lodge Road.

Continue down Lodge Road at the side of the Pakwan Restaurant

Turn left into Paradise Road following the blue sign to Hylands Park


Entering Hylands Park

Woods to the right hand side of Hylands Park

Exiting Hylands Park

Walking down the A414 (Three Mile Hill) ready to cross over to Private Road

Into Private Road and under the railway underpass

Continuing down Private Road, with Galleywood church visible in the distance


Crossing Goat Hall Lane and entering Bekeswell Lane

Past the Horse & Groom pub

At the top of Bekeswell Road the sign says go straight on. However Galleywood Common is quite confusing and it is easy to get lost! One option is to turn left here and go to the Eagle Pub. At the Eagle you have the choice between the Ponds Avenue route and across the fields (muddy at present!) or down Watchouse Road, picking up Brook Lane after a kilometer or so.

The Eagle


Green dots show the normal route across the field from the Eagle as a start point; the red dots show and alternative route down Watchouse Land, Pipers Tye, Brook Lane to the end of The Chase where it joins the green route. This is much better if the fields are muddy




Brook Lane

New house being build opposite The Chase. The Chase is the road from which you come
out onto Brook Lane if you follow the Ponds Avenue route across the fields.

View across the fields as you turn into Vicarage Lane. The route goes across two fields to Great Mascalls farm



Great Mascalls Farm

Path goes between the farm buildings.




The route down to the roundabouts on the A12 is not so obvious; turn right at this point



Through a gap in the hedge on the left hand side into the next field

Straight across the field towards the 5-bar gate

Stile next to road sign

Although crossing the double roundabouts looks daunting, if you follow the black dots and
wait until the traffic lights are in your favour you can cross quite easily and safely.

Down to the traffic lights and cross over when they are in your favour.