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Distance: 5 Miles
Time: 2 hours
Start walk at War Memorial, High Street.
Enter Castle Park and proceed downhill past the Cafe and through Roman Wall at Castle Folly down to the bridge to Leisure Centre.
Turn right and walk south side of river making sure to go between the large pond and river until East Street is reached. Cross the road and turn left and then quickly right at the signpost to Hythe Station. Go straight ahead past the allotments until the footpath ends on reaching Haddon Park. Turn left and continue straight on until Hythe Hill is reached.
Turn right and proceed straight ahead and turn left into Parsons Lane and onto Public Footpath. Follow this footpath to end and turn right into Recreation Road. Continue until Old Heath Road is reached and then cross road and turn left.
Continue on Old Heath Road and turn right at Bourne Valley Footpath sign – before the ‘Welcome to Old Heath’ sign. Continue straight ahead on the raised path past the ponds and take the right hand path at end to Bourne Mill. Turn left at Bourne Road past the Mill and turn left on Footpath with kissing gate before Mersea Road. Proceed over bridge and take right turn and follow to Mersea Road.
Cross Mersea Road and turn right and then turn left into Pownell Crescent. Continue straight ahead and cross Circular Road into Abbey Field. Turn right and follow path past Arena into Flagstaff Road and then bear left to St John’s Green. Go through underpass under Southway to St John’s Street and turn right crossing over the road and ascending Schergate Steps and turn right into Eld Lane until Queen Street is reached. Turn left and proceed until The War Memorial.
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