During your stay or visit to The Hare and Hound you may wish to stretch your legs and enjoy some of the fantastic scenery and countryside that surrounds the area.

Layer Breton Heath surrounds The Hare and Hound with breath taking views, it's one of the few surviving heathland sites in Essex. The Heath has a very high conservation value with many specialist species, many villagers use the heath for recreation, including walking dogs and horse riding. The area is littered with footpaths and bridleways providing a range of pleasant walks within the local parishes and linking to others giving access to a much wider area. Below are just a few of the most popular local walks for you to begin your rambling adventure.

Birch Walk

Start at Birch Memorial Hall and walk towards Birch Church and turn right at footpath sign. Follow the path passing St Peter's Church and graveyard on left. Keep on path for some distance until you come to a road. Here turn left on narrow road crossing the end of Birch Lake. Go straight uphill until the lane bends slightly right. Take track on your left through iron gate and keep on this wide track until you reach crossroads. Turn left towards Birch and take the next road on the right at the bottom of the hill. At main Maldon Road crossroads turn left for a few yards to take entrance to Capers Lane track on left going downhill at first. When you reach the first bungalow turn left down School Lane, to left of bungalow, out to the road, at Pudding Green, where you will see the Memorial Hall downhill to your left.

Layer Breton Walk

Starting at the Hare and Hounds on the Heath. Take the road towards Layer de la Haye to the end of the Heath and continue straight ahead (FP 26). After 800 metres turn right onto FP 21 and carry on to the second path on the right (FP 23). Continue on this path until you cross fields to the foot of Layer Breton Hill near Shalom Hall. Cross into Lower Road and follow this turning left at Shatters Road and continue ahead up Winter's Hill. Take second path on the right (FP 2) at the top of the hill. This leads to Mill Lane at the junction with Straightway. Turn right down Straightway and at the end you will be opposite the Hare and Hounds.

Layer Marney Walk

From Layer Marney Church car park head west through gateway and follow track to the right, downhill and continue along the track. Stay along hedge line until you reach a road at Park Gate Farm. Continue up the road opposite (Stockhouse Road) to the crossroads. Cross straight over into Haynes Green Road and after about 300 metres, just before Keeper's Cottage, turn left at the finger post and follow the footpath, turning right across field towards the Ramparts. Follow the Ramparts with grass field on the right until you meet a track. Turn right towards Haynes Green Farm and follow track to the road (Haynes Green Road). Turn right and then left, after the next bend, into Layer Wood just before Keeper's Cottage. Continue bearing right out to Newbridge Road and turn left passing Grass Reasons Farm, turn right into the field at finger post. Cross field and continue downhill keeping to the left to road near Woodview Cottages. Turn left up hill and then right into field crossing towards the Church and so returning to the car park.

Three Parishes Walk

Start at the Hare and Hounds. Leaving the public house on your right take the track on the northern side of the Heath to footpath (FP 5) passing Stamps Farm and follow the field edge to Winter's Hill. Turn left down hill and on reaching the bottom turn right following sign onto footpath (FP 7). Cross stile and keep on up hill and follow out to the road near Layer Marney Tower. Turn right up hill to crossroads and keep straight on into Roundbush Road. Just past Roundbush Farm turn right onto footpath crossing stiles and keep on this path until you reach Mill Lane, Birch. Turn right along Mill Lane and right down Straightway and at the end you will be opposite to the Hare and Hounds.


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