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Manningtree - Nayland - Wormingford - Bures: Part 1 Walk


Part 1: the walk is in three main sections. Firstly a fairly flat section (about 10km) along the valley floor as far as Thorington Street, secondly a 'switchback' section (about 15km) as far as Wormingford, followed by a return to the 'flat' valley floor for the third section.

There are stiles to contend with (although not a great number) and there are kissing-gates, one of which (between Stoke-by-Nayland and Nayland) is very restrictive. It will normally require at least the removal of your backpack and possibly necessitate climbing over the gate. A little roadside or road-walking is required, but I have found there to be hardly any traffic on the majority of the roads or farm tracks.  

Meadowland, pastureland and arable land are the predominant conditions underfoot. There are wide open spaces, woodland areas and country lanes bordered by hedgerows, in addition to some villages with mediaeval buildings and churches.

For those who do not intend to walk the full length in one go, there is the option of boat hire (Flatford) and there are bus services (www.travelineeastanglia.org.uk) serving many of the villages. Flatford Mill (NT) and Thorington Hall (NT) may be worth a visit and a short circular walk at Nayland incorporating Court Knoll (ancient monument, site of original settlement and Roman connections) may be of interest.

Download Walk 4152 for Part 2 of this walk.

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