The 23 parishes that make-up Walden Countryside are estimated to have about 1200 paths totalling over 900 km (based on the assumption that the average parish has the same density of paths per sq km as does Wimbish).
These paths are by far the most important way of enjoying the countryside that is available to everyone. To take advantage of these paths you need a decent map and for the paths to be adequately signed and protected from illegal blocking and ploughing out by land-owners. This is a duty of Essex County Council but they only carry it out if lack of signs or obstructions to use are reported to them
Wimbish, one of the larger parishes in the Walden Countryside area, has about 80 footpaths totalling over 60 km of footpaths, bridleways and green-lane byways. It is used on this webpage as an example of how to create a good footpath map for your area and start enjoying and surveying your countryside
We want you to enjoy footpath walking in your favourite area and, as you do so, to note and report any problems you encounter.