|Length||130 km (81 mi)|
|Designation||UK National Trail|
|Use||Hiking, Trail running|
The route is waymarked by Essex Way plaques and direction arrows. The original CPRE signs were dark green, but most of these have now been replaced with Essex County Council plaques depicting two poppies on a white background. These are attached to fingerposts, stiles, gates, footbridges and posts. The waymarks, together with the maps in the guidebook, make the walk easy to follow. The guidebook illustrates points of interest along the way and includes an accommodation guide for the whole route.
The Essex Way crosses several other long-distance footpaths including St Peter's Way (a 45-mile/72 km walk from Chipping Ongar to Bradwell-on-Sea), the Three Forests Way (a 60-mile/97 km circular walk linking Epping, Hatfield and Hainhault forests), the Saffron Trail (a 71-mile/114 km walk from Southend-on-Sea to Saffron Walden) and the Essex Clayway (a 28-mile/45 km route linking the Essex Way at Coggeshall to St Peter's Way at Mundon).
The Essex Way was conceived as a result of a competition organised by the CPRE in 1972.
The Essex Way is well served by public transport, especially by train services.
Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 "Explorer Maps": Epping Forest & Lee Valley No. 174, Chelmsford and The Rodings No.183, Braintree and Saffron Waldon No.195, Sudbury, Hadleigh.
- Full route description from Harwich to Epping with photos and maps
- Essex Way route maps, trail narrative, accommodation guide and details of the annual Essex Way relay
- Colne Valley Pages
- Ramblers Association
- Photos of the Essex Way on geograph.org.uk
- "The Essex Way". Coln Valley. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
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