St Michael’s to St Margaret’s

Full walk 9 miles – 4 hours with a short walk option of 4 miles.
Mapping: Galleywood PC Footpath Map,
OS Explorer™ 183/174, OS Landranger ™ 167.

Historical details from St Margaret’s “A Short Guide” by K.F. Langford, and Margaretting “The Village with a Beautiful Name” by Miss G.M. Baker
Walk devised by Malcolm Stuart. Layout by Patricia Stuart.
© Galleywood Parish Council, August 2007. E&OE.

Start from St Michael & All Angels Church Galleywood (OS Ref: TL703029). From The Common Notice Board opposite St Michael’s take FP49 heading south/south-west to Margaretting Road crossing the road and continuing generally south round the remains of the Napoleonic Defences to join FP47 at the approach lane to Justa Cottage etc.

Turn right and follow FP47 across the main car park and finishing straight of the old racecourse to join BR79. Turn left onto the bridleway then after 50m turn right onto BR80 which takes you west down London Hill, along the edge of The Common. Just before BR80 comes out onto Margaretting Road at the bottom of London Hill, turn left onto FP46 which continues as Chelmsford FP55 at the parish boundary and joins Margaretting Road at a flight of 8 railway sleeper steps, to the bridge over the A12.

Cross the A12 and turn immediately left onto Chelmsford BR46 which goes along the A12 boundary for 200m then turns right and follows a green lane for 550m to the parish boundary where it becomes Margaretting BR43 and continues past Crondon House for a further 1.2km to meet Swan Lane. Turn right onto Swan Lane for 200m then turn left onto The Tye, signed “no through road”.

Margaretting Tye is separated from the main village by the River Wid which in the past formed a formidable barrier at times of flood. The Tye is known locally as “Tiger Island”.


St. Peter’s Way Walk

10 miles – 4 hours. A long but gentle walk, relieved by some good refreshment stops.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.
Mapping: Galleywood Parish Footpaths Map,
OS ExplorerTM 183 and 175, OS LandrangerTM 167.

Fred Matthews & Harry Bittern: “The St. Peter’s Way” ISBN 0-9506338 5 2
Essex Wildlife Trust: “Hanningfield Reservoir Visitors Guide”.
Walk devised by Malcolm Stuart.
Layout by Matthew Johnson. © Galleywood Parish Council, April 2006. E&OE.

Start from the main car park on Galleywood Common, off the Margaretting Road (OS Ref TL703025).
From the car park take FP47 west for 100 metres, turn left onto BR79 and after 50 metres turn right onto BR80 which takes you west down the edge of The Common.
After 700 metres, just before the bridleway comes out onto Margaretting Road, turn left on FP46. At the parish boundary join Chelmsford FP55 and continue until you reach the A12 boundary fence. Turn right and join Margaretting Road on the north-east side of the bridge over the A12.

Cross the A12 and turn left onto Chelmsford BR46 which takes you south-east along the A12 boundary for 200 metres, then turn south-west into a green lane. After 600 metres you cross a stream on the parish boundary and continue straight ahead on Margaretting BR43 past Crondon House, crossing the approach track to Crondon Hall Farm and after 1 km you reach Swan Lane.

Turn right onto Swan Lane and after 200 metres you come to Margaretting Tye Green and The White Hart public house. Turn left at the green onto The Tye, a cul-de-sac, which takes you south-west for 200 metres to Little Tressels farmyard where you continue to the right of the barn on Margaretting FP29 for 200 metres until you meet St. Peter’s Way.


Walk From White Hart to The Star Inn

With the front door of the White Hart behind you walk forward onto the tarmac road.
Turn right along the road, you first walk next to the green. After the green there is a lane to your right but don’t turn down there carry on forwards. Take great care along this narrow enclosed road and be sure to walk in single file on the right hand side to face the oncoming traffic.
Soon you will walk around a 90 degree bend to the right.
The road is then reasonably straight ahead. You can look over the hedge on your right to see The White Hart and neighbouring homes of the community of Margaretting Tye. Soon the road turns a 90 degree bend to the left but don’t follow it round, as here you must leave the road to continue straight ahead up a wide farm track, after a very short distance crossing a dip then continuing to follow the track uphill beside a wooden railing fence.

Keep ahead up the track to the end, on the brow of a hill. The track and the wooden railings now lead to the right and downhill towards a small wood (pound wood) with a hedge on your right and wooden fencing to your left.
Along this stretch you get a good view ahead and to the left to the village of Ingatestone in the distance.
Continue to follow the track down the hill, it turns first turns left and then turns right as ii skirts around pound wood
Towards the bottom of the hill you will see some manmade lakes in the field to your left, then at the bottom of the hill pass through the gap and then follow the farm track across the bridge over the river Wid.

Now follow the track you are on until, when you are very near Margaretting Church. You will pass through a metal swing gate after a very few yards you see the church on your left and the railway crossing on your right.
Now with great care cross the railway and walk a little way up the tarmac road looking out for a metal gate on your left with a stile next to it.
Cross the stile and walk forward a short way to a field hedge passing round the end of it so that it is now on your right hand side
Continue along the edge of the field with the hedge to your right until you reach the main road.
Turn left along the pavement and soon you will reach Ingatestone. When the pavement you are on comes to an end carefully cross to the pavement which starts on the opposite side of the road and continue into Ingatestone high street passing on the way a bus shelter and then ‘New Road’ on your right
Walk along the High Street and you will reach The star on your left at Market Square where a warm welcome awaits you.
Please announce your arrival to bar staff who will show you to your reserved table, organise your drinks and provide you with a menu.

When leaving The Star to walk back

When leaving the Star turn right and walk back along the high street the way you arrived earlier.
At the extremity of Ingatestone you will find it easier to cross to the left hand side to take advantage of the footpath.
Follow the footpath out of the village until it comes to an end. At this point cross carefully to the pavement on the other side of the road and continue in the same direction. You will pass a market garden behind the hedge and some wind netting to your left
Follow this footpath next to the hedge on your left to the end of the field then follow this footpath next to the end of the field
Continue along the field edge to the hedge now walk to your left towards a metal gate to the tarmac road. Cross the stile onto the road and walk to your right to carefully cross the railway and turn to the left. Margaretting church is now on your right.

Once across the railway with Margaretting church ahead of you walk along the track to your left to reach a metal swing gate. Pass through the gate and immediately keep to your left along a pedestrian footpath next to the railway (Do not follow the wide farm track you came down earlier) but keep alongside the railway line which is to your left hand side.

At the end of the fields you will emerge onto a gravel track where you continue to the left. After a few paces you will cross a small bridge and some steps leading down to the right to a foot tunnel under the railway. Do not go down the steps but turn to the right just past them. Now walk along the right hand edge of the field until the path goes around to your left at the far end
After a few paces you will see a metal footbridge on your right which you cross into another field. As you descend from the bridge turn left alongside the river. The path will shortly take you round to the right following the stream on your left hand side.
Soon you will cross into another field and you continue for a short distance until you reach a path on your left which leads you up to a farm building and onto a tarmac lane.
Follow the lane until it ends and turn left along the road which in a very few paces leads you back to The White Hart.

We hope you enjoyed your walk and visit to our sister pub The Star Inn!

Opening Times

Monday Closed

Tues - Fri 11.30 - 15.30 - 18.00 - 23.30

Sat - Open All Day 11.30 - Midnight
Sun -Open All Day 11.30 - Midnight

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