Rural Villages and Wide Open Skies
This is a linear walk from Horndon-on-the-Hill to Bulphan, taking in Orsett on the way. After setting off from The Bell, an award-winning 15th coaching inn, you would walk to Saffron Gardens, where Elizabeth I spent the night in 1588, past the Church, the lovely 16th century Woolmarket and the Well House Gallery and on to Horndon Primary School. On leaving Horndon you will pass the historic Wyfields Farm and Golden Bridge, into Orsett and then on to Bulphan.
You don’t need to walk the full route (around 10 miles) if you don’t want to – there are a series of pick up/drop off points clearly indicated for each walk which are in green below. The original approx walk timings are below for your reference. The main points are:
12.00 Set off from The Bell Inn, Horndon on the Hill
12.20 Visit Saffron Gardens and hear about its links with Elizabeth I and then the medieval Woolmarket.
13.30 Visit Horndon CE Primary School (1.5 miles)
14.00 Leave Horndon Primary for the Golden Bridge
15.00 Cross the A128 (take care!) past Bishop Bonner’s Palace, Maltings Lane and the Orsett War Memorial.
16.00 Arrive at the Orsett Churches Centre for a refreshment stop (5 miles). The Foxhound and Whitmore Arms are nearby.
17.00 Leave the Churches Centre and walk to Bulphan.
19.45 Arrive at Bulphan where the Bluegrass Festival will be in full swing!
Download the day’s schedule here.
A good meeting place is: The Bell, High Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill.
There is limited parking in Horndon.
Please download the map above for more detail on which parts of the route are most accessible. Blue routes have been identified as most likely to be suitable for wheelchairs users and buggies, taking into account the quality, gradient and availability of dropped kerbs on the path.
Whilst we endeavour to make all our walks as safe and enjoyable as possible, any walk attended is done so at your own risk. Due care has been exercised in organising the walks however Thurrock Council and associated sponsors accept no liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes.
You need to choose walks within your capabilities; and if not on one of the Thurrock 100 guided walks, you should consider walking with a friend.
Equipment and Clothing
Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. We all know how unpredictable our weather is so take waterproof clothing or sunhats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything! Walking boots are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear. Make sure you take a packed lunch, if necessary, and plenty to drink. Some water top up points are available en-route.
This walk originally took place on Friday 10 July 2015.