Back to Essex for the next walk, three days after the walk around Ingatestone, this time to the town made famous by Ian Dury – Billericay
The walk, weather and lighting conditions were pretty much the same as they were four days earlier. Although, there were a couple of odd things about this walk. At one point – in fact, for about 1.5Km – the path was in a hedge. Not following the hedge but actually inside it, a gloomy claustrophobic walk, impossible to photograph in the dismal light. This walk takes you through a lot of woods and fields, with a plenty of signs marked “Private” all around. For a lot of the time, you could hear gunfire roundabout, which is a little worrying. At one point I lost the path completely (there was no path as it crossed a field) and was put back on track by a helpful chap in camouflage, carrying a rifle. It really was not a good place to wander off course.
To help map the walk, I bought a rather useful little device, the Bushnell BackTrack D-Tour, which tracks your journey and then superimposes it on a Google map when you get back to your desktop. It doesn’t do much else, you can input up to five way points, it’s not a substitute for full-blown sat nav. However, for what I want – GPS tracking – it performed very well, mapping the route pretty accurately. You can even see where I stopped for a sandwich in the churchyard. Follow this link to see my route.