Essex

Essex Wheel

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Overview

Tour the city of Chelmsford before enjoying the culture of Harlow. Relax in the peace of River Lee Country Park before enjoying Myddelton House, Enfield. Visit the Queen Elizabeth hunting lodge at the edge of Epping Forest before enjoying the fun of MacDonalds Farm Park and finishing up at Hylands House, Writtle.

Chelmsford

Essex’s only city, Chelmsford is filled with visitor attractions. Take in Essex Cathedral, Shire Hall and Chelmsford Museum or may be enjoy the various city parks. Cricket lovers can visit the home of Essex County Cricket Club. You’ll find plenty of places to shop and enjoy a bite to eat in the city.

Greensted Church

Welcome to St. Andrews Church, Greensted, The oldest wooden Church in the World, and the oldest ‘Stave Built’ timber building in Europe. The church represents some 1300 years of English history and Christian worship and bears witness to the work of Saxon, Norman, Tudor and Victorian builders who variously extended, repaired and restored the building.

Harlow

Harlow has plenty to offer visitors. Indulge yourself at Gibberd Gallery or the Pardon Mill Art Gallery. Elsewhere you can take in the Harlow Museum, Harlow Playhouse Theatre and Gibberd Garden Tour with its sculpture collection.

River Lee Country Park

Relax and explore the 1,000 acre park – take a walk, cycle or run on one of the many trails or may be enjoy the white water rapids at Lee Valley White Water Rafting centre. For something a little more serene take to the lake or go canoeing at Broxbourne.

Enfield

Spend some time at the Myddelton House and Gardens where you can tour the Lunatic Asylum, Kitchen Garden, Victorian Glasshouse and Alpine Meadow with its wonderful snowdrop display. Relax by the carp lake and then enjoy some of the artefacts from the historic collection.

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Built on the edge of the Epping Forest the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge dates from 1543 – visit the exhibitions to explore Tudor life and then wander and relax in the countryside of this medieval royal hunting forest.

Old MacDonald's Farm

Enjoy the family fun of Old MacDonalds Farm with its collection of over 200 animals – both traditional farmyard animals and some from further afield – don’t forget to meet the meerkats!. You’ll also find attractions and rides to keep the children entertained including tractor rides and fairground favourites.

Writtle

Take a trip to Hylands House, an elegant villa set in over 500 acres of parkland grounds. Enjoy a mixture of woodlands and formal Victorian gardens before touring the working artist studios. Time your visit and you can also enjoy one of the many events held at Hylands House.

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Overview

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Chelmsford

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13.0 miles

Greensted Church

3
9.4 miles

Harlow

4
13.3 miles

River Lee Country Park

5
6.0 miles

Enfield

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4.8 miles

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

7
15.2 miles

Old MacDonald's Farm

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13.8 miles

Writtle

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Markshall Estate | Essex

Markshall Estate, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG

The Skinners Arms | Manningtree

Station Road, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 1DX

The Dedham Centre Tea Rooms | Essex

Dedham Arts & Craft Centre, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6AD

The Woodbine Inn | Essex

Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3QT

The Angel Inn | Stoke by Nayland

The Angel Inn, Polstead Street, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, CO6 4SA

The Anchor Inn | Nayland

26 Court Sreet, Nayland, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4JL

Luigi’s at The Griffin | Essex

Luigi’s at The Griffin, 64 Main Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4DH

Hylands Estate | Chelmsford

Hylands House, Hylands Estate, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ

About the Essex Wheel Trail

Distance: 75 miles
Cities / Towns: 8
Number Of Businesses: 87

Tour Chelmsford, Essex’s only city, taking in Essex Cathedral, museum and city gardens. Head for Harlow to enjoy the Gibberd Gallery, Harlow museum and the sculptures at Gibberd Gardens.

Visit the open spaces of River Lee Country Park to relax and unwind amongst the peace and quiet of nature.

Take in Myddelton House at Enfield before visiting the Queen Elizabeth hunting lodge on the edge of the historic Epping Forest. Meet the animals and enjoy the rides at MacDonalds Farm Park before completing your tour at the elegant Hylands House at Writtle.

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City Beat

Take a tour of the city of Chelmsford to explore the parks, Shire Hall and Essex Cathedral. As well the sights, you will find a great choice of places to eat or grab a drink.

Essex Houses

Explore the country houses of Essex – pay a visit to the garden rooms of Myddelton House and Gardens, take in the elegant Hylands House and visit the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge on the edge of Epping Forest.

Open Spaces

Escape to the ancient spaces and royal hunting grounds of Epping Forest or explore the green expanses and trails of the River Lee Country Park to relax and unwind.

Also Nearby

Markshall Estate | Essex

Markshall Estate, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG

The Skinners Arms | Manningtree

Station Road, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 1DX

The Dedham Centre Tea Rooms | Essex

Dedham Arts & Craft Centre, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6AD

The Woodbine Inn | Essex

Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3QT

The Angel Inn | Stoke by Nayland

The Angel Inn, Polstead Street, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, CO6 4SA

The Anchor Inn | Nayland

26 Court Sreet, Nayland, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4JL

Luigi’s at The Griffin | Essex

Luigi’s at The Griffin, 64 Main Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4DH

Hylands Estate | Chelmsford

Hylands House, Hylands Estate, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ

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