Colne Valley Path - Day 1  
Date: 2nd January 2019 Distance: 14.4km (8.94 Miles) Parking: Car Park in Halstead
Start Location: Great Yeldham Ascent (m/ft): 148m (486ft) Weather:

Overcast

Time Started: 10:25 Highest Point: N/A Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 3 hours 53 Minutes        
Route: Colne Valley Path - Part 1
Great Yeldham - Near Colne Valley Railway - Castle Hedingham - Sible Hedingham - Dismantled Railway - Hepworth Hall - Halstead

After having a good look at all of the trails nearby to home thanks to the LDWA website I found the Colne Valley Path which I had never heard of before and being so local I could split the walk down into several days and use public transport which serves the route well to do short linear walks. This is the first part of 9 miles. I parked at Halstead and got the bus for a couple of pounds up to Great Yeldham where it stops just next to the Great Oak which marks the start of the walk.


The Great Oak marks the start of the Colne Valley Path.

Reading abouts its history.


The route has a few waymarks around, but as it is not marked on the OS Map you need to have researched the route properly to make sure you dont go astray.


Open fields on the way to Castle Hedingham.

A little muddy along here...

The footpath passes directly under a large Pylon.

The Colne Railway.

Hedingham Castle over the tree tops.

Castle Hedingham church.

Castle Lane which I think probably was the original route up to the castle from the village.


Hedingham Castle.



One of several Mills along the Colne.

A weeded up River Colne.


The line of the old Railway which once ran along the valley floor.

More open countryside as I approach Halstead.

Halstead church past a large industrial estate to which the path goes around.