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River Towns of Essex

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This walk lets you enjoy a long, leisurely stroll down the idyllic Roman River Valley, a forgotten little backwater of East Anglia that's steeped in ancient history. The route meanders through gentle countryside and takes in four small Essex villages, each one featuring its own uniquely characterful pub.

You'll also visit historic Roman Colchester and see Abberton Reservoir, one of the best sites in Europe for birdwatching. Finally, there's time at the end of the walk to relax and enjoy the sea air on the terrace at The Anchor, a wonderful pub on the waterfront in Rowhedge village.

Walk schedule

River Towns of Essex walk

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This walk starts in London. We meet at 9:00am in the main ticket office at Liverpool Street rail station and return here later the same evening. Pre-booking required.

See the calendar for walk dates.

What's included

This full day out includes all roundtrip transportation from the starting point in London, and a guided walk down the Roman River Valley. It also includes your choice of either (a) a picnic lunch or (b) a two-course traditional pub lunch with a drink, at the Donkey & Buskins in Layer-de-la-Haye.


(a) walk with picnic lunch option
individuals: 55 per person
groups of 2-3 booking together: 45 per person
groups of 4+ booking together: 40 per person

(b) walk with pub lunch option
individuals: 60 per person
groups of 2-3 booking together: 55 per person
groups of 4+ booking together: 50 per person

Payable in advance at the start of the walk. Options can be upgraded at any time.

Book it!

For reservations and information call 07932 953 174 or email david@englishcountrywalks.com

Please be sure to mention:

(a) which walk you're interested in
(b) your desired dates and options
(c) the number of people in your party, and
(d) the best way to contact you

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