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A Boot Up Constable Country, Alan Casey - These are perfect walks for families. The River Stour gently meanders its way through the rolling Suffolk countryside. This wonderful river flows east from Sipsey Bridge four miles from its source in Cambridgeshire, along 8 miles
in Suffolk and forms the county boundary between Suffolk and Essex all the way to Cattawade, its length totalling 68 miles. In earlier times this mighty river was used as a canal with barges drawn by horses along the towpath which ran along all of the river's length. The area has lost little of its romance, and walks in this book start from Bures crossing from Suffolk to Essex walking in the footsteps of John Constable, the famous landscape
painter, who gives his name to this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, affectionately known as 'Constable Country'. Published May 14.
Walking in Essex, Peter Aylmer - In this guidebook, 'Essex' means the historic county including the London boroughs east of the Lea, roughly equivalent to the post-Roman Kingdom of the East Saxons. Water, important then as now to the defender of a contested
territory, defines most of its boundaries: the North Sea to the east, the Thames to the south, the Lea and Stort to the west, and the Stour to the north. Each of these has a character very different to the others, and this one fact alone gives a variety to the landscape. Within this area, so accessible from London, lie a whole range of inland and coastal landscapes, some as empty and remote as anywhere in England, and four great surviving forests -
Hainault, Hatfield, Epping and Writtle. This guidebook describes the 25 best day walks right across the area, ranging in length from 4 to 18 miles, 22 circular and 3 linear, but none of them particularly hilly with the highest point in the county only 482ft. Packed with historical and geological information, these routes, in addition to the 11-stage Across Essex route, take you step by step into every nook and cranny of a surprising county. Published
Essex Walks, (Pathfinder), Deborah King - The Essex landscape gently
undulates, with the hilliest country in the north and west, near the
Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire borders. On the marshes of Essex, for
example, there is a genuine feeling of solitude that is hard to find
anywhere else in southern England. Colchester, the oldest recorded town in
Britain, is featured in one of the walks, and there are routes through
Epping and Hatfield forests, which contain some of the finest surviving
fragments of England's medieval forests. The Essex-Suffolk border is
Constable Country, and walkers are guided through Dedham Vale, passing
Flatford Mill and Willy Lott's Cottage. Published January 10.
AA 50 Walks: Essex - This guide features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. The book features all of the practical
detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of Essex, and cear mapping for ease of use. Every route has been colour coded according to difficulty. All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments. Every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets.
Published September 13.
Kiddiwalks in Essex, Laurie Page - A collection
of twenty circular walks designed for children and family groups, with maps
and photographs. Published May 08.
Walk Wild Essex, Tony Gunton - 50 Wildlife Walks in Essex and East London. Published November 11.
Essex Coast Walk, Peter Caton - When Peter Caton set out to walk the Essex coast he had no idea of the beauty, wildlife and stories that he would find on the way. He takes the reader up and down the many creeks and estuaries of the longest coastline of
any English county, through nature reserves, seaside resorts, unspoilt villages, sailing centres and alongside industry past and present. On the way we read of tales of witchcraft, ghosts, smuggling, bigamy and incest. We learn of the county's varied history - of battles with Vikings, invading Romans bringing elephants, a fort where the only casualty occurred during a cricket match, burning Zeppelins and Jack the Ripper. Whilst a narrative, not a
guidebook, Essex Coast Walk contains a wealth of information book including many little-known facts and stories. With gentle humour to match the coastline's gentle beauty, the book makes for easy reading. Published June 09
Drive and Stroll in Essex,
Len Bannister - Twenty short circular routes
between 2-5 miles for those who enjoy a country drive to an attractive spot
for a refreshing walk. The guide includes routes near Manningree, Coggeshall,
Little Dunmow, Leigh-on-Sea and Epping Forest. Published June 04.
Essex Year Round Walks, Len Bannister - The routes in this book give the walker the chance to explore the glorious countryside of Essex throughout the year. Twenty circular walks which vary in length from 2 and a half to 7
miles. Published April 12.
Essex A Dog Walker's Guide, Len Bannister - On a fine day there is nothing quite so enjoyable for dog owners than getting out into the countryside with their pet for a leisurely walk. Once you get off your home patch though, it is hard to know where you are allowed to walk safely with
your dog. Explore the Essex countryside without anxiety in this new colour book. Published June 11.
Pocket Pub Walks, Essex, Laurie Page - This is a pocket-size collection
of fifteen circular walks based on a local pub serving good food. It
includes routes near Colchester, Rochford, Brentwood, Epping, Braintree and
Chelmsford, with maps and photographs. Published May 07.
Pub Strolls In Essex, Ann and Norman Skinner -
30 short, carefully
chosen circuits based on local pubs serving good food. Includes walks around
Foster Street, Writtle, Ramsden Bellhouse, Wickham St. Pauls and Little
Oakley. Full colour throughout; with maps and photographs. Published 00
for the Motorist: Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, Len Bannister, Will Martin and
Geoff Pratt - Forty circular walks in East Anglia, each based on a good
local pub. Includes routes at Fingringhoe, Castle Hedingham and Wendens Ambo
in Essex; Colton, Gayton and Aldborough in Norfolk; and Thorpeness, Felsham
and Tuddenham in Suffolk. Published April 05.
Frontier Country - A Walk Around
the Essex Borders, Brian Mooney - Essex is a county of many countries, and
the authors set out on foot to celebrate its people, history, architecture
and geography by walking every inch of its boundaries. Whether tramping up
the Maplin Sands, stumbling across an old soldier living wild in the woods,
or visiting a chapel on a lonely seawall, their story is brimming with
unexpected encounters and colourful surprises. Starting in Waltham Abbey,
the authors' walk takes them down the old Essex border into London, along
the Thames to the marshes, rivers and creeks of the eastern seaboard and
then follows the Suffolk borders to the edges of Cambridge and
Hertfordshire. Back in Waltham Abbey, they complete their 500-mile circuit
by walking the new, post-1964, Essex border through Epping Forest and M25
country to the Thames at Purfleet. Harris, armed with his faithful
sketchpad, casts his beady eye everywhere they go; Mooney, notebook and tape
recorder at hand, quickly develops a sense of humour. Published May
The Rough Guide to Walks in London and Southeast England, Judith
Bamber - "The Rough Guide to Walks in London and Southeast England" is the
ultimate guide to walking in this richly varied region. The book is for
walkers of every ability, with varied itineraries from picturesque
woodland strolls in the heart of the city, to get-away-from-it-all weekend
hikes through the South Downs. The routes are detailed and easy-to-follow
with descriptions of sights along the way, as well as lively background
features on everything from smugglers' tales to stone circles. There are
great recommendations for places to eat and have a pint along the way,
whether you choose a canal walk in the capital or a hike along the
Ridgeway. With a full-colour introduction and accurate, easy-to-read maps,
this is the must-have guide for those who aren't afraid to get their boots
muddy. Make the most of your time with the "Rough Guide to Walks in London
and Southeast England". Limited availability. Published January 09.
Eastern England, AA 100 Walks. Enjoy the best of the English countryside with this compact, and easy-to-carry walking guide offering highlights of Southeast England, its regional and topographical features, plus information on footpath signing, countryside access, walking tips and safety guidelines. The 100 walks cover the area in detail, with the distance of each ranging from two to ten miles depending on the terrain and interest along the way.
Town and city strolls may be shorter depending on the hinterland. Limited availability. Published January 10.
Walks Along the Thames Path, Ron Emmons - Featuring 25 circular walks, "Walks along the Thames Path", takes in beautiful countryside, busy towns, historic palaces and cost pubs, with nearby places of interested included as optional extras. The
fascinating text reveals the architecture, flora and fauna, cultural points of interest and historical connections to be found en route. As the river meanders through varied terrain from its source in Gloucestershire through the heart of London to the Thames Barrier, Ron Emmons offers a wealth of detail. Taking in some of England's major attractions from the Royal town of Windsor and the splendid spires of Oxford, to little known villages, picturesque
meadows and the sights and sounds of London. With walks to suit all interests and abilities, together with full visitor information on all public amenities en route and easy-to-follow directions and excellent route maps for each walk, this guide offers visitors to this area the opportunity to experience the delights of England's most important waterway.
Limited availability. Published March 11.
Essex AA 30 Walks (Cards) - This original concept takes the most popular walks from the AA's best-selling and newly updated walks database and packages them on individual laminated cards in a durable box. The small and handy size means that the box can be stowed away in a pocket or handbag and single cards extracted at each walk start point. Clear and concise instructions plus a full-colour route map make the cards a joy to use. Limited
availability. Published March 10.
St Cedd's Pilgrimage, John Merrill - 24 Mile Walk in Essex to St. Peter's on the Wall Chapel, Near Bradwell-on-Sea. Limited availability. Published August 10.
Waterside Walks in Essex, Ann &
Norman Skinner - 20 circular walks of between 2½ and
6 miles. Includes the lakes in Epping Forest, the Thames at Tilbury, the
River Chelmer at Thaxted, Brighlingsea Creek and Blackwater Navigation. Also
contains details of nearby places of interest.
Published April 99. Limited availability.