Sip and stroll! Get your caffeine fix at these Essex beauty spots
Grab your bestie and your walking boots - we're taking you on the most gorgeous walks around the county with a top-notch coffee to pick up en route.
Maldon Promenade, Maldon
With views over the Blackwater Estuary, this 100-year old Edwardian promenade boasts beautiful green spaces, an ornamental lake and its very own ‘beach’. Littlies will also love the galleon-themed play area.
The pitstop: Missing your daily barista-style latte? Head to the top of the park where you’ll find Mrs Salisbury’s stylish food truck. Homemade treats are also on offer if you’re feeling peckish.
Marks Hall, Coggeshall
Feeling fit? From leafy woodland walks and landscaped gardens to its renowned Arboretum, there’s over 2,350 acres (!) of North Essex countryside to explore. A small admission fee is required, so don’t forget your purse!
The pitstop: Housed inside a 15th century barn, the Orchard Kitchen Café is pretty and practical. After all that walking (and chatting), a steaming hot cuppa will be more than well deserved.
Weald Park, Brentwood
Hello, deer! Spread over 500 acres of woodland, this picturesque park is famous for its wildlife: deer, cattle and herons to name a few. Tiny fans of Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Stick Man’ will also be happy to find a trail dedicated entirely to him.
The pitstop: Swing by the Wigley Bush Café for a portable panini and piping hot coffee. Deer and duck food are also on sale to keep your new furry/feathered friends happy.
Marsh Farm Country Park, South Woodham Ferrers
If scenic river walks are your thing then this is the place for you. Sitting between the River Crouch, Clements Green Creek and Fenn Creek you are spoilt for views on all sides. Cute fact: this area is home to a population of endangered voles who you might encounter along the way.
Pitstop: You won’t be able to miss Phoebe’s Pantry and its popping pink van as you walk along the river. The coffee is delicious and they have their very own ‘cakeaway’ service, so you can enjoy their scrummy homemade cakes on foot or at home.
Central Park, Chelmsford
Ok, so it may not be New York but it’s still darn pretty – especially right now with the last of the autumn leaves. Swan spot by the lake or follow the tree-strewn paths through the city’s lush park. There’s also a fantastic playground – great if you have tots in tow.
Pitstop: Tucked underneath the railway line, the Central Park Café is the perfect place for an outdoor refreshment or two. The sweetest thing? Dogs are just as important as their humans – their new ‘pupcakes’ being a case in point!