Long walks is a section for Trails - long distance footpaths that can't be walked in a day, for example The Essex Way. The trails are chunked into walkable sections with the emphasis on getting to the start and finish of each section via public transport where possible.
The full list of Essex Walks on this website is available under the main menu 'Short Walks' and 'Long Walks' links. 'Short' walks are between 2 and 19 miles long and are usually circular. 'Long' walks are 20 or more miles long. These include Long Distance Footpaths which have been divided into sections that take no more than a day, starting/stopping at convenient public transport links. Due to the restricted parking in rural Essex, the walks on this site are not intended for group outings requiring more than one car. Click on any one of them to get more details.
For each walk you will find:
A 'PEAR' icon in the walk description gives you an 'at-a-glance' impression of the walks convenience and quality by rating Parking, Easiness, Amenity and Refreshments out of 3. PEAR Help
The route map is interactive: you will see various icons along the route. The numbered ones tie back to the cross-referenced photos and show important points along the routes. The photos come up as a thumb-nail with a brief description, for more detail click on the thumb-nail and the picture will expand so you can see it more clearly. Click the back button to return to the route. Other icons are explained in the key on the right.More help with the latest version of Google maps, including 'Street View' is available here Help with Map
Once you have decided which route you want to walk, you can download and print off a pdf of the directions and photos to take with you.
You can also print off a copy of the route map.
The description page of each walk has an Adobe PDF document with a screenshot of the route on an Ordnance Survey map. Click on the link marked Download Map PDF and print it off in landscape.
However, these maps are fixed in scale and size - so you might want to use the interactive map, where you can zoom in on different parts of the route to get more detail and print these off separately. The Bing map for each walk will display the route on an 1:25K scale which has the best detail for walking.
If you are printing the screen direct from your browser, we would suggest using the Firefox browser for the most reliable results. When printing from your browser, you may want to optimise the map before printing. Drag the map so that the route appears on the top left of your screen. Go to Print Preview: you may need to toggle between portrait and landscape, and you may wish to alter the % print size. Due to the layered nature of OpenLayers graphical rendering, sometimes the map will not display in Print Preview. This can sometimes be remedied by playing with size / orientation settings in Print Preview. Allow time for all the map tiles to load before trying to print. Early versions of Google Chrome and Safari for Windows fail to produce consistent results in rendering the full screen maps.
Alternatively, for Windows 7 and Vista users, you can capture the screen or a selection of it with the " Snipping Tool " and print it out with Paint or other graphic program such as Picture Viewer or Irfanview . To use the Snipping Tool, first get the walk route displayed on the full screen OS Map, then go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool and drag the cursor around the area you want to capture. The captured map image can then be saved as a .PNG, .JPG or .GIF file for printing off.
Fold up the map, directions and photos and put them in your pocket, and go off and enjoy your walk, unencumbered!
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