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Essex Walks: Jury Hill


  1. Description
  2. Directions
  3. Photos
  4. History

Description & Map

Title: Jury Hill, Childerditch
Distance: about 5 miles
Time taken: 2½ hours
Location: 1 mile south of Brentwood
OS Explorer Map: 175
Grid Ref.: TQ 607 906
Parking: off Childerditch Lane
Bus:bus Poor - nearest is 269 bus (Grays to Brentwood)
Train: No train service nearby
Refreshment: Greyhound Pub, at start and end of route
PEAR Rating: PEAR Rating Parking: 3/3 Easiness: 2/3 Amenity: 3/3 Refreshments: 2/3

 
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Download and print all 3 for your walk: 1. pdf Download Directions PDF
2. pdf Download PDF photo-set
3. pdf Download Jury Hill Map PDF
View online on 3 different interactive maps: Link to full screen OS map Jury Hill Map (Ordnance Survey)
Link to full screen Google map Jury Hill Map (Google)
Bing map Jury Hill Map (Bing OS 1:25k)
Additional information: gpx GPX track
Elevation View Elevation Profile
Display local weather Brentwood Weather
View from Jury Hill view Bridleway, Thorndon Park

Walk Description  

This is a fairly easy walk through open farmland, along green lanes and through Thorndon Country Park. If you do this walk on a clear day you will be rewarded with extraordinary views across the South Essex countryside all the way to Canary Wharf and the O2 to the east and to the Thames and the hills of Kent to the south.

Directions

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A. Park in Little Warley Common car park, off Childerditch Lane and walk through a gap in the hedge at the south west corner.
B. Head SW across the grass down towards the road - the junction of Magpie Lane and Home Farm Road (2).
C. The footpath starts at a gap to the right of the Village Hall opposite the junction. The footpath goes south over the field,up the slope towards a line of trees, keep to right of these (3).
D. At the hill crest, stop and take in the view! Then go through the hedge and turn left on the golf range for 100 yards and then right towards a field entrance, straight across the field (4).
E. Leaving the field on a grassy track, (5) continue straight ahead until you reach a green lane, then turn left up the lane until buildings come into view
F. Just before the buildings, turn left up a grassy slope, then turn right along a line of trees to a small lane (Childerditch Hall Drive) (6).
G. On the opposite side of the lane the footpath continues (unmarked) through a small clump of trees (7). Proceed through these trees to a mown grassy area and a small field
H. Follow the unmarked footpath straight across the field towards the north (left) end of a lake and around the tip of the lake
I. Go up along field edge (do not go through 5-bar gate)
J. Exit field at roadside; cross road straight on down Childerditch Street for about 250 yards
K. Take the permissive bridleway on the right (8). After 150 yards, before the gate into Thorndon Park, turn right along the footpath heading south
L. Go straight on through the next gate and along the path until the field opens out (9) and you can see a gate in the top left (south east) corner of the field (10).
M. Go straight on through this gate, to the next gate where you turn hard left up Jury Hill (11). At the top is a bench from which the views across Essex are amazing
N. Go through the gate behind the bench, and turn right, following the field edge
O. Turn right (east) on the bridleway to the waymarker (12), then turn left (north) across the field
P. Go through a gate into scrubby woodland, exiting this continue straight on along a grassy track with woodland to the left
Q. At the bottom of a dip turn left into the woods (13).
R. Exiting the woods, continue straight on until you reach the farm track, then turn right (14).
S. Just before the farm gates, take footpath to the left (signposted to Childerditch Street) (15).
T. After 250 yards this path turns to the right but continue straight on down the grassy slope (16) until you see another track ahead of you, turn right along this track through some woods
U. As you exit the woods go through the gate then turn hard left up a grassy track
V. At the top of the slope turn left through a gate (17), then immediately right following the track to the road
W. Turn right along the road (18), turning right at the junction to return to the car park, or going straight across the junction to end your walk at the Greyhound Pub.

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Photos

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13 Jury Hill 14 Jury Hill 15 Jury Hill
16 Jury Hill 17 Jury Hill 18 Jury Hill

History

Childerditch

Childerditch 1950Childerditch has always been a small and sparsely populated village, but it has an extensive history - records exist going back to 1066. In Childerditch Street a few houses still remain dating back to the 15th Century. Despite its long history it seems that as well as being small, Childerditch has been, well, a bit dull. Nothing of note has happened there in the last 1000 years, although court records do show that in 1392 a miller was presented to court for bad work and for taking excessive profit, and in 1459 or 1460 a man appeared in court for fishing with a hoop-net.

Would that we could all live in such tranquillity.

The Greyhound

Records exist of the Greyhound Pub in 1769, when it apparently became more popular than the nearby Bull at Little Warley causing the demise of the latter. The pub stayed open for business throughout the first and second world wars, and there are rumours that it was particularly popular amongst the local WW1 German prisoners of war, who used to sneak out at night to the pub to have a few drinks before returning to their camp half a mile away!

Thorndon Park

Thorndon Park was once owned by the Petre family, who still live in the county. The park was landscaped in the eighteenth centuary by "Capability" Brown at a cost of £5000. Now partly owned by Essex County Council and part by the Woodland Trust, the park includes a variety of habitats including ancient woodland, plantations of both broad leaved and coniferous species, some grassland and three small lakes.

Although this walk doesn't take you through the more popular old deer plantation with it's ancient oaks and hornbeams, you do go through some of the less well known but beautiful and wildlife rich areas of the park. Childerditch Pond is very old. The clay dam which holds back the water was built by monks in the 13th century, and the pond is now managed as a conservation area, so no fishing is allowed. As a result it is rich in wildlife, with palmate and smooth newts in the pond, and coots, mallards and herons nesting there. In the fens around the pond, water-loving plants like great willow herb, wild angelica and sneezewort grow among the aromatic mints and woundworts, bartsia and scullcap. Because the pond silts up it needs to be dug out from time to time: most notably it was dug out by German prisoners of war after the first world war - no doubt it was these exertions which caused them to frequent the Greyhound!

In nearby Childerditch Field over 25 species of butterfly have been recorded, including brown argus, purple and white-letter hairstreaks and ringlets, and in summer the dragonflies put on amazing flying displays. And in the open grassy areas in a hot day you may see basking grass snakes or common lizards.