Byrhtnoth's Last Essex Visit

A 50 miles long distance footpath celebrating Byrhtnoth of Essex, a local tribal leader, who died at the Battle of Maldon. The walk visits sites associated with Byrhtnoth. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

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Statistics and Files
Start: Great Chesterford
Distance: 50 miles (80 km)
Grid Ref: TL502427
Climbing: 1,842 metres
Walk time: 18-24 hours
Days: 3-5

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: Byrhtnoth was Ealdorman of Essex who died 10 August 991 at the Battle of Maldon. He is the subject of an ancient poem, and is commemorated with a statue. This walk follows sites in Essex associated with Byrhtnoth. The route begins in Great Chesterford and goes through, or close to, Little Chesterford, Saffron Walden, Rowney Corner (Howlett End), Rowney Woods, Thaxted, Pond Bay, Pollymill, Duton Hill, Great Easton, Bush Wood, River Chelmer, Church End, Great Dunmow, Bumpsted Hill, Little Dunmow, Absol Park, Hartford End, Howe Street, Great Waltham, Langleys, Chatham Hall, Little Waltham, Little Waltham Meadows Nature Reserve, Croxton's Mill, the Broomfield, Springfield Hall Park and Chelmer Valley areas of Chelmsford, Chelmsford Cathedral, Sandford Mill Bridge, Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, Paper Mill Bridge, Ulting and Maldon before reaching the finish at the fateful Maldon Hill battlefield.

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