The walk from White Notley Station to Cressing Temple Barns   Location map

This walk is about one mile each way and should take you 30 minutes each way depending on your average walking speed and whether, or not, you dawdle. The path is well marked with signs and is also well worn such that it is easy to follow on the ground.

 
  View of White Notley Station, Braintree, Essex, England   You should be able to see the route on the location map (link above) and it would probably be a good idea to print a copy and take it with you. White Notley Station is the red circle on the black railway line. You can see the yellow road going down to the river and the red dashed path going from there back across the railway track to Cressing Temple Barns.

White Notley Station has only one track and one platform. Follow the platform until you reach the road, and the level crossing, then turn right over the level crossing and along the road.

In this view you would be walking towards the camera then turning to your right and going out of the left edge of the picture.

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  View of the road from White Notley Station, Braintree, Essex, England   This is a minor road without pavements which means that you will have to walk in the road but it is not heavily used so you should have no problems with what little traffic there is.

Continue down the hill until you see the narrow bridge over the river.

 

 

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  The bridge and ford, White Notley, Braintree, Essex, England   This is the little bridge with the ford to it's right. Turn left immediately before the bridge (do not cross the bridge) onto a wide surfaced track with a footpath signpost on the verge near the bridge. You can just make out the signpost in the shadows on the left of the picture (Easier to see in the larger picture) pointing out of the picture to the left.

In this picture you can see the grass verge on the left curving round into the above mentioned track. This track is blocked by locked gates which you can bypass by going through the Kissing Gate on the left-hand side. The locked gates are to prevent access by vehicles and not to impede pedestrians.

 

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  A style on the John Ray path, White Notley, Braintree, Essex, England   Follow this track to the point where it veers left and directly in front of you is a stile which you should climb over. Follow the left edge of this field as far as the next stile, climb over the stile and continue straight ahead.

 

 

 

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  A footbridge over the River Brain near the John Ray path, White Notley, Braintree, Essex, England   The next visual marker to look for is this footbridge - you can't miss it. You will see it from across the river so do NOT follow the path across the bridge to where this picture was taken from or you will be going in completely the wrong direction.

This view is from the opposite side of the river and you will appear from the left-hand side with the hedge, just showing on the left, on your left. Go through the large gap in the hedge into the field and continue in the direction in which you have been walking so that you will walk out of the right edge of the picture.

Here the field has recently been ploughed but it may look quite different when you see it. With the field edge now on your right continue to the corner of the field, where you should see a footpath marker post, and follow the field boundary round to the left.

You will be heading for the far top corner of the field which is almost on the centreline of the picture.

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  A style on the John Ray path, White Notley, Braintree, Essex, England   Follow the field edge to the top corner of the field where you should see a stile in front of you together with some signs on the other side of the hedge.

 

 

 

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  The John Ray path crosses the railway track, White Notley, Braintree, Essex, England   Over the stile you will find that the path goes across a single railway track so cross the track with care. There is a good view each way along the track for quite a long distance such that if there was a train coming then you would see it well in advance. Be aware that, being a single line, trains can approach from either direction. Children should be kept under strict control in this area for their own safety.

After crossing the railway track you will go over another stile visible between the two signs.

 

 

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  The view of a roof at Cressing Temple Barns across the field, White Notley, Braintree, Essex, England   Walk a short distance to a kissing gate and, after passing through the gate, you will find yourself on the edge of a large field. Directly in front of you on the far side of the field you should see a red tiled roof which is part of the Cressing Temple Barns complex. Head for the red roof in a straight line across the field.

 

 

 

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  The view of Cressing Temple Barns from the field, White Notley, Braintree, Essex, England   When you reach the far side go through the obvious Kissing Gate, just visible in the picture, to the edge of the road, just showing through the gap in the trees, and on the opposite side of the road is a large sign proclaiming "Cressing Temple Barns". This road can be busy so cross with care to the grass verge on the other side and, again, keep children under strict control in this area for their own safety.

Turn right along the verge for just a few yards until you see a stile on your left over which is a path which leads to the car park and entrance to Cressing Temple Barns.

 

 

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NOTES:

Follow the route in reverse to go back to White Notley Station.

This is a lovely walk on a fine, dry day but if it is wet be prepared to get muddy in places.

There are toilets and a cafeteria in Cressing Temple Barns.