Howe Green - Chelmsford - Writtle - Galleywood - Howe Green
24th March 2021
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Start Point in United Reform Chapel in Howe Green
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
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
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.
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
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.