Essex: West Bergholt, a circular rural ramble

Explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds the historic church of St Mary’s, enjoying Hillhouse Wood with its wealth of wildlife and carpets of bluebells in spring.

The old Church of St Mary’s offers a peaceful     sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. This mainly fourteenth century church is    believed to have had its roots in the Saxon era. Parts of the north wall date back a 1000 years and reused Roman bricks have been used in its construction. In 1986, a rare Coat of Arms from the reign of King James I was discovered below layers of limewash above the chancel arch.

The countryside surrounding this church is every bit as beautiful and peaceful as the church. This circular walk includes Hillhouse Wood, quiet footpaths and country tracks. An optional extension leads into West Bergholt, to the Queen’s Head pub.

This 4.5km circular can be extended to include a stop at the Queen's Head in West Bergholt (6.2km).

West Bergholt walking route guide