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There are many places where you can use public transport to break the Across Essex walk, making it very convenient either to return to where you’ve left the car or, even better, to walk the route from a central base. For each break point listed, there are good public transport options from London (Liverpool Street station), Chelmsford and Colchester, and in some cases to an earlier break point. This list is not exhaustive – many other villages (such as Pleshey) have infrequent services, three or four a day or maybe even weekly, that nevertheless may be just right for you!
There are five trains an hour (two on Sundays) from London to Chelmsford or Colchester, four (two on Sundays) between Chelmsford and Colchester. Changing from bus to train in Chelmsford is easy as the stations are next to each other. In Colchester it’s not so easy – unless stated, buses don’t pass the main ‘North’ station, but go to the town centre, not too far from the Town station, but this only has two trains an hour, none on Sundays. However there are plenty of local buses linking the town centre and the North station, a distance of just over 1km (and it can be walked!).
These details are correct as at November 2013 according to the transportdirect.info website. Always check before you leave, in particular to avoid the curse of weekend or Bank Holiday railway engineering works. After about 6pm, evening bus services may be sporadic or non-existent.
Manor Park: trains every 10 mins (15 mins Sundays) for London. Change at either Stratford, Romford or Shenfield for Chelmsford and Colchester.
Chingford (0.4 miles / 700m from route): trains every 15 mins for London. Change at Liverpool Street for Chelmsford and Colchester.
Golding’s Hill: bus 250/255 every 15 mins to Loughton station (hourly 240/250 on Sundays), then Central line tube to London. Change at Stratford for Chelmsford and Colchester.
Epping: Central line tube to London. Change at Stratford for Chelmsford and Colchester.
Ongar: bus 20/21 twice hourly (501 every two hours on Sundays) to Epping, then Central line tube to London. For Chelmsford except Sundays, ten buses a day (route 21 or 46) direct; change there for train to Colchester.
Salt’s Green: hourly bus 59 to Chelmsford, not Sundays.
Great Waltham: two buses an hour (routes 42, 42A, 52) to Chelmsford, every two hours on Sundays.
Great Leighs: bus 70 to Chelmsford or Colchester; every 20 mins Monday to Friday, every 30 mins Saturday, evry two hours on Sundays.
White Notley: hourly trains to Chelmsford and London, change at Witham for Colchester.
Cressing: half-hourly bus 132 to Witham (not Sundays), change there for trains.
Coggeshall: bus 70 to Chelmsford or Colchester; every 20 mins Monday to Friday, every 30 mins Saturday, evry two hours on Sundays.
Chappel & Wakes Colne (1.2 miles / 1.9 km from route): hourly trains to Mark’s Tey, change there for other destinations.
Fordstreet bridge: bus 88 twice hourly (every two hours on Sundays) to Colchester.
West Bergholt: bus 66 twice hourly (every two hours on Sundays) to Colchester, passes North station.
Great Horkesley: bus 84 hourly (every two hours on Sundays) to Colchester, passes North station.
Stratford St Mary (0.4 miles / 600m from route): bus 93/94 approx hourly to Colchester, not Sundays.
Dedham: bus 247/247A, six daily (Sundays: bus 102 every two hours) to Colchester.
Manningtree station (0.5 miles / 800m from route): trains to Colchester and London (twice hourly), Chelmsford (hourly).
Mistley: hourly trains to Manningtree, change there for Colchester, Chelmsford and London.
Bradfield: bus 103/104 twice hourly (102 every two hours on Sundays) to Colchester, also passes Mistley station.
Wrabness (0.5 miles / 800m from route) and Harwich Town stations: hourly trains to Manningtree.