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The Centenary Circle - Sandon to Springfield

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Description & Map

Title: The Centenary Circle - Sandon to Springfield
OS map extract 
[Click image to enlarge] Distance: 3¼ miles
Time taken: 1½ hours
Start Point:Sandon village green
OS Explorer Map: 183
Grid Ref.: TL 744 048
Transport:
To Sandon 31, 36, every 15 minutes
From Sainsburys: A frequent bus service into Chelmsford
Refreshment: None on route, but the walk ends near Sainsbury's in Springfield

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Link to full screen os map Sandon to Springfield Map (Ordnance Survey)
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Bing map Sandon to Springfield Map (Bing OS 1:25k)
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Sandon: Village Green and St Andrews Church
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Walk Description

The section of the Centenary Circle between Sandon and Springfield is an easy, generally pleasant walk. Much of the route is along the banks of the Chelmer and this has the merit of being very pretty, but when we were there, there was quite a lot of noise from the A12 nearby. The small amount of urban walking is well planned, managing to stay off the roads until right at the end. Sadly though there is a section of road walking as you leave Sandon. The route ends near Sainsbury's in Springfield, from where there is a regular bus service into Chelmsford.


Next section: Springfield to Broomfield

Directions

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A. From the village green in Sandon, walk north along Brick Kiln Road (1) for a third of a mile.
B. This road can be busy, and there is no verge. (2) Continue to the junction with the A1060 Maldon Road.
C. At the junction with the A1060 turn left for 50 yards then turn right to go through a gap in the hedge under the power lines, into a field (3).
D. Cross the field heading north west towards a 'No Through Road' sign (4)
E. Turn right down Sandford Mill Road, passing some cottages on the left (5).
F. At the bottom of the road, bear right along the cycling route towards the River Chelmer (6)
G. Cross a couple of bridges over the Chelmer and continue north to a T-junction. Turn right.
H. Walk along the lane to Sandford Mill Lock and turn right to walk along the tow path (7).
I. Continue east along the tow path for a third of a mile, and after passing under the A12, keep right and look for a track that will take you alongside the river, heading north.
J. After two thirds of a mile you will reach Cuton Lock, and one third of a mile on from that, you will arrive at a footpath junction. Turn hard left to pass back under the A12 heading west (8).
K. Cross a narrow field and carry on westwards to a grassy bank, with a residential road and houses on your left.
L. Go straight on across an access road into an industrial estate, then 80 yards later bear right along the path into some trees. Go over a footbridge then turn right (9).
M. You will pass an area of scrubland on the left. Follow the path back into the woods and turn left, walking north. The path emerges onto a small road called Sheepcotes, cross the road and go straight ahead into the enclosed path opposite.(10).
N. Follow this path as it meanders northwards between fences for 350 yards (11).
O. You will emerge by a roundabout (12). Cross the A130 Colchester Road on your right, towards Sainsbury's, where this section of the Centenary Circle ends.
P. To return to Chelmsford, there is a regular bus service from the bus shelter on the access road into Sainsbury's, or from the bus stop a few yards to the north east along the Colchester Road.

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Photos

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1 Centenary Circle: Sandon to Springfield, Chelmsford 2 Centenary Circle: Sandon to Springfield, Chelmsford 3 Centenary Circle: Sandon to Springfield, Chelmsford
4 Centenary Circle: Sandon to Springfield, Chelmsford 5 Centenary Circle: Sandon to Springfield, Chelmsford 6 Centenary Circle: Sandon to Springfield, Chelmsford
7 Centenary Circle: Sandon to Springfield, Chelmsford 8 Centenary Circle: Sandon to Springfield, Chelmsford 9 Centenary Circle: Sandon to Springfield, Chelmsford
10Centenary Circle: Sandon to Springfield, Chelmsford 11Centenary Circle: Sandon to Springfield, Chelmsford 12Centenary Circle: Sandon to Springfield, Chelmsford
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