Walk: From Templars to Tipplers
Celebrate the arrival of Spring with the Essex Rural Fund walk, setting out from Cressing Temple and concluding at the Compasses, Littley Green by way of Fairstead and Terling. Join others for a gentle exercise and support the Essex Rural Fund.
There will be an opportunity for a cuppa at the Wilkins Tea Room at Cressing Temple which opens at 9:30am, before there is a brief tour of the Cressing site, taking in the 13th century Barley and Wheat barns, as well as the Walled Garden before setting off. The day will cater for all levels of activity, for those who wish to join for the whole day, morning only or just the afternoon.
About the Walk
The walk will start at historic Cressing Temple (Grid Ref: TL798186; postcode CM778PD), once among the most important possessions of the Knights Templar in Britain, granted to them in 1136. The three magnificent medieval barns remain of what was once a 14,000 acre enterprise. The Wheat Barn built in 1220, is said to be the oldest standing timber-framed barn in the world. There is also a Tudor walled garden which has been painstakingly restored in recent years.
Please be sure to arrive in good time for the tour. The walk will start at 10:15, going 2 ½ miles WSW to Fairstead, where you will see the picturesque St Mary’s Church with its interesting 14th century wall paintings.
The remainder of the morning walk, bout 3 ½ miles, will take you south to the village of Terling, 2017 Essex Village of the Year, after which you will turn west, and skirting Sandy Wood with its spectacular bluebells, will pass Great Leighs Church and onto Hole Farm (TL 732156) Postcode CM31QR). Traditional lunch of baguettes, barbecued sausages and other delicacies will be offered at 1:30pm. By kind permission of Charles and Annelie Tritton you will be able to use the barn at Hole Farm if the weather turns.
After lunch, there walk will be less arduous for about 3 miles WNW to Little Leighs along the River Ter and then westwards to Littley Green where the walk will end at The Compasses, a popular hostelry which was the Ridley’s Brewery Tap and where our host Joss Ridley will provide tea cakes and drinks. An iconic Routemaster will then ferry you back to your car!
About the Essex Rural Fund.
The Essex Rural Fund was established by the Rural Community Council of Essex in 2008, to provide funding support specifically to community groups and charities working in rural areas of the county. Villages, whether through necessity or goodwill, have always done a lot for themselves. This tradition continues with amenities such as village halls and play schemes as well as numerous clubs and societies run almost entirely by volunteers.
With the decreasing availability of public money and generally short-term nature of funding streams, the aim is to build a sizeable fund that will be available for Essex’s rural communities in perpetuity. Even a small amount can go a long way – the difference between projects, services and facilities happening or not.
How to give
Online: visit Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/Essex-Rural-Fund
Essex Community Foundation (Charity no 1052061) manages the Essex Rural Fund on behalf of Rural Community Council of Essex.
- 2018-04-28 10:15