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Elmdon to the Top of Essex


Yesterday we went for a circular walk in north Essex, starting in Elmdon and walking south to the highest point in Essex (a not very stunning 147 metres) before returning via Chrishall. This is another walk from Matthew Fry's web site but with two changes.

Firstly we started from Elmdon rather than Chrishall as the OS map claimed there was a car park there (there wasn't, so we just parked on the verge by the phone box). Secondly after our experience last time with one of Matthew's walks I was a bit paranoid about walking across fields as it had rained the night before so, having looked at the route via Google Map's aerial photography, we diverted around one bit of it and used a country lane.

Chrishall church from across the valley

Both Beth and I took photos of the church at Chrishall (which was Matthew's start point). The photo above is Beth's taken with her Nikon Coolpix L5 from across the valley at Chiswick Hall. The photo below is one I took with my phone from the churchyard (which you have to cross).

Chrishall church

We also came across these sheep. They rushed over to use thinking we were going to feed them and looked very disappointed when we didn't. They had a ram with them (second from left) and he had his raddle strapped on so the farmer can see which ewes he's served).

Sheep and ram in Chrishall

We also have some excitement on this walk, but I'll talk about that in another posting as I've got some more photos to upload. For now here's the GPX file (GPS Exchange, 0KB) for the route if you want to put it in your GPS before you go and here it is on Google Maps.


The only sour note of the walk was this sign. We saw several copies of this in Chrishall and a private variation near Lofts Hall in Elmdon. It reads:

Chrishall Parish Council


There are unidentified toxic substances distributed around footpaths, fields and woodland in the Chrishall and Elmdon vicinity. You are strongly advised to keep all dogs on leads, and muzzled.

Four dogs have been affected and two have died to date.

Do not pick up or move any dead animal or bird or part thereof. Please advise the clerk of the type of animal and it's exact location to enable collection for postmortem examination to be conducted.

It's depressing to think that someone is nasty enough to be doing this.

Poison warning

Tags: dogs, walks Written 03/02/08

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On 13/02/08 at 9:49am Paul wrote:

I wondered if the poisoning might have stopped as the sign was dated November 2007 but according to Cambridge News it's still going on and six dogs have now died, two in the last couple of weeks.

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