Essex Pub Walks

A series of walks in the Essex countryside accessible via public transport

Mill Green to Blackmore

Following are the directions for the continuation of the Stock to Mill Green walk, ending in the pretty village of Blackmore.

Mill Green to Blackmore Walk Map

From the Viper pub, walk in roughly a south-westerly direction down Mill Green Road to a bridleway signpost on the right. Here, turn sharp right and walk along the bridleway through woodland, keeping straight ahead where paths cross the bridleway – the bridleway descends and then rises slightly. Where the bridleway forks by a way-marked post, take the right-hand fork – in a very short distance you come to the edge of the woods – go straight ahead along a path across the field in front of you and on the far side, go straight across Ingatestone Road and enter a path on the far side by a footpath signpost. This path immediately turns left and follows the left-hand side of a field, initially bending to the right and following the edge of a wooded area to your left whilst descending, then straightening before curving more gradually to the right beside a ditch to your left. Before you reach the far left-hand corner of the field, bear left by a way-marked post and enter the adjoining field, then follow the right-hand edge of this field to the edge of a wood (Ellis Wood). Here, turn sharp turn left and follow a track along the right-hand side of a field, with Ellis Wood to your right. In the far right-hand corner of the field, descend and enter a lane, with houses either side, which leads you out into Cock Lane. Turn left and walk along the lane to a T-junction with Ingatestone Road. Turn left into this road and in a relatively short distance, turn right into a Metsons Lane, which has a sign ‘J Oddy & Sons’ (initially, the lane is lined by stacks of wood from a woodyard). Soon, Metsons Lane passes to the right of a fishing lake, then skirts the north side of Barrow Wood before arriving at a junction with Blackmore Road. Cross this road, bearing slightly to the right, and enter a track opposite beside a public footpath sign – the track passes through a wooded area and then runs to the left of a field before arriving at a T-junction with a narrow track (Old Barns Lane).

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