After having a few drinks last night,I woke up with that bloated feeling and having finished delivering leaflets I decided it was a good time to go out with my camera,get some fresh air and hopefully get some good shots.After heading out north of Chelmsford I decided to visit a nice spot south of Great Leighs. I’ve visited it before during the spring,probably around five years ago now so I know my way around.From the outset I knew I wasn’t going to be out for hours as my knee was a little bit tender so I parked,donned my wellies and headed off.
The path heads off alongside the River Ter and into the trees it the branches off to the right,while the Essex Way heads up the hill and off towards Fuller Street,its a path we’ve been along a number of times in Spring and Summer this time it was devoid of all colour but not without subjects to photograph.
The Essex Way is a waymarked long-distance footpath 81 miles (130 km) long, along footpaths and roads in Essex, England.The Essex Way was conceived as a result of a competition organised by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England(CPRE) in 1972.The trail starts in Epping in the southwest, crosses Dedham Vale and Constable country to finish at the port of Harwich on the Stour estuary.It leads through ancient woodlands, open farmland, tree-lined river valleys and leafy green lanes, unveiling historic towns and villages along the way.
The Essex Way in Summer Time (Same Route)
The route is waymarked by Essex Way plaques and direction arrows. The original CPRE signs were dark green, but most of these have now been replaced with Essex County Council plaques depicting two poppies on a white background. These are attached to fingerposts, stiles, gates, footbridges and posts. The waymarks, together with the maps in the guidebook, make the walk easy to follow.
Once off the Essex Way the footpath heads though a meadow before coming out to the road. I managed here to get a host of good river shots as well some good bird ones too as they flew amongst the trees. After an hour I was back at the car just in time as the heavens opened.