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Best trails in Essex

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Trying to find the best Essex trails? AllTrails has 103 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Colchester, Chelmsford or Halstead, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 61 easy trails in Essex ranging from 1 to 13.5 miles and from 9 to 426 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Essex
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#1 - Epping Forest Main Path and Green Ride Circuit
Epping Forest
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 6 h 8 m
This route takes you through the entirety of the Epping Forest. The park includes a variety of flora and fauna and is overall great for kids and dogs.Show more
#2 - Finchingfield to Thaxted Walk
Braintree, Essex, England
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Length: 15.8 mi • Est. 7 h 39 m
A walk between two beautiful Essex Villages with plenty to see in Thaxted.Show more
#3 - Forest Way and Green Ride Circular Route
Epping Forest
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Length: 15.8 mi • Est. 7 h 15 m
Epping Forest is a maze of singletracks and very difficult to navigate accurately. Off-line map recommended. You will undoubtedly get lost, but with a good map you’ll quickly find a road or landmark tShow more
#4 - The Anchor and Danbury Commons Walk
Danbury, Essex, England
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
A circular pub walk from The Anchor in the village of Danbury, Essex. The Anchor is the epitome of an English Country Inn, boasting beautiful traditional beams and a warm welcoming atmosphere, the perShow more
#5 - The Avenues Circular Walk
Chelmsford, Essex, England
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 36 m
The Avenues Circular Walk is a 1.3 mile loop trail located near Chelmsford, Essex, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking. Dogs are alsShow more
#6 - Dedham, Gun Hill and the Stour Valley
Dedham, Essex, England
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
This circular walk is situated just north west of Colchester in Essex. It combines lovely old villages, beautiful individual buildings, woods, river and stream-side walking, and views across the broadShow more
#7 - The Two Brewers and Hainault Forest Walk
Chigwell, Essex, England
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
A pub walk from the Two Brewers in Chigwell Row, Essex. The Two Brewers is a lovely spacious pub with comfortable furniture and a well-stocked bar. The walking route explores the adjacent Hainault ForShow more
#8 - Tollesbury Wick Circular Walk
Tollesbury Wick Marshes
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
This circular walk is situated ten miles south south east of Colchester, in Essex. It goes round Tollesbury Wick, an extensive area of coastal grazing marsh at the mouth of the Blackwater estuary, an Show more
#9 - Brightlingsea Church and Alresford Creek
Colchester, Essex, England
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
This lollipop-shape walk offers varied and attractive country-estuary, a creek, pasture and arable farmland, woodland, a sand quarry (both working and abandoned) and extensive views, 6 miles south easShow more
#10 - Flatford and Dedham
Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
This walk is set in the landscape that inspired John Constable, whose birthplace is passed close by. It is a circular walk through lovely pastoral scenery, 8 miles north east of Colchester in Essex. IShow more
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