I alighted at the end of the route and walked over to cross the River Roding to walk towards a footpath that will lead me onto the Three Forests Way.
I stopped over the river hoping to see some chub or dace, remembering the times I had fished here.
Then its beautiful footpaths through farmland in the glorious sunshine.
Stapleford Tawney. Stapleford Tawney covers an area of 670 hectares and had a population of 103 in 2001, making it the least populated parish in the district.
The parish was more populous in the past than at present. The peak was in the Victorian period.
I can now see Great Tawney Hall, a late 18th century building.
After passing Great Tawney Hall immediately afterwards is St Marys Church.
The timber tower with its massive oak posts was built within the older flint walls in about 1500 and houses two 17th century bells.
I pass this bird scarer quickly before it went off scaring the life out of me. I've seen some birds along the walk Sparrowhawks,Kestrel,Buzzards,Pheasants,Patridges,Goldfinches and many more.
I leave the path almost opposite the Church of St Michael in Theydon Mount.
|Hill Hall Mansion|
The house was originally built for Sir Thomas Smith during the reign of Elizabeth I to replace a 12th-century house on the same site. Construction was carried out over several intervals (1567-8, 1572-3) interspersed between Smith's stints as ambassador to France. The hall stands in 50 hectares (120 acres) of parkland designed by Humphrey Repton.
|One of many planes taking off from Stapleford Aerodrome|
Norton Trout Fishery, I remember visiting here with me mate Dave,but never have been back to fish it.
As well as Trout fishing there is carp fishing on Fridays, starting around 7 pm. to get set up until 8 am. - There's no rod limit.Entrance fee for one night is £15 per person. There have been some really good carp caught averaging about 7 - 8lb each with the largest at 24lb. There are still plenty out there and large numbers of double figure carp have been spotted cruising the margins.
|View of Stapleford Aerodrome in the distance.|
I now reach the River Roding again which I cross by a bridge back out onto Ongar Road.
|A ford for the farmer to gain access to his fields.|
The Blue Rooms.
Mayhem a paintball and lasertag centre with a tank outside advertising the centre.
I now take a path heading over to my right and across farmland towards some woods.
Apes Grove ,known locally as 'Bluebell Wood' and is a wonderful semi natural ancient woodland.This woodland is mainly hornbeam coppice, with occasional oak and ash standards. It has a sparse ground flora due to the heavy shade created by a largely closed canopy. Despite this a spectacular carpet of bluebells still dominate in springtime along with dog’s mercury and the occasional primrose.
Nothing says Spring more than a wood full of bluebells!
Walking through a back garden, lucky enough no angry residents came out!
|Bishops Hall,New Road,Lambourne.Estimated Current Value: £4,262,500|
I arrive home after a 9 mile walk, very enjoyable and great weather too!