Marks Hall and Bunsgate Woods Walk

EASY 3 reviews

Marks Hall and Bunsgate Woods Walk is a 11.6 kilometer loop trail located near Colchester, Essex, England that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Distance: 11.6 km Elevation Gain: 189 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

walking

running

forest

partially paved

This circular walk explores a part of Essex that is unusually densely wooded. It uses quiet country roads, tracks and footpaths to go though a mixture of farmland, mature oak and beech woods, coppice and parkland. There is one stretch around the perimeter of an airfield that is decidedly non-rural. The walk starts near Coggeshall, 9 miles west of Colchester and 5.5 miles east of Braintree. This is a pleasant walk if you are already in the area, perhaps visiting a local attraction. The walking is easy-going and on the flat. There is just one short section where tractors have badly rutted a track that clearly can get very wet, but there is an avoiding path through the adjacent coppice. There are no stiles or livestock on the route, so it is a good route for dogs, even for ones who love to crash excitedly about (go, springer spaniels!). 1.8 miles of the route is on quiet public lanes, while 500 metres is along an access road to an industrial estate (but it has wide verges). It should take about 3.5 hours.

walking
8 months ago

Nice walk in varying Essex countryside, yes it's not all built over! The muddy and deeply rutted track mentioned in the 'Tarmac Lane to Footpath' section appears to have been dealt with as at the time of taking this walk, May 2019, the track was very flat and well kept. In fact, some of the earlier tracks are more muddy and rutted although not so bad that you cannot pick a way through.

Sun Oct 15 2017

A nice walk, pretty level ground, was muddy in a few places. Most of the walk is on paved road, with a couple of detours into fields. Interesting when planes drive across the road by the air ambulance.