Marks Hall Estate, Heli Hounds
ColchesterType of walk
Flat, ForestWhat's here
Free Parking, Animals On Route, Picnic Areas, Toilets, Refreshments AvailableAbout this walk
Get your four-legged friends ready as you join over 300 other dog walkers for a scenic stroll through the Marks Hall Estate in Essex.
After starting at the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust office in Earls Colne, you can make your way through the beautiful grounds of the Estate, making friends and feeling paw-some about it. Stretch your legs for five miles, stop for a paw-stop in the Spring breeze, and make some new friends as you go.
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a year agoWe went to Marks Hall Estate with our two beagles today (Not part of the Heli Hounds walk) as we'd won some free tickets, and while it does state this on the Marks Hall website, I wanted to mention for anyone who doesn't obsessively research their walks as I do, that dogs do not get to go into the arboretum or the lovely landscaped grounds. A sign clearly marked "Dogs this way" splits you from the crowd when you enter the site. The route takes you around the perimeter of the arboretum, and at times you get a tantalising glimpse of it through the six foot deer fencing, but it's predominantly a public footpath open to anyone. A lot of it is concrete path, which I gather was laid by American soldiers to access an airfield during the war, which means it's great for a pushchair, bike, or maybe even a sturdy wheelchair or scooter. There are also plenty of pooh bag bins along the route. Marks Hall don't even seem to mind you using their toilets which are located before the ticket booth, which is appreciated. However, if I'd paid the standard £6 entry fee, I'd have been mightily miffed at how little of the estate we dog walkers can access. I appreciate that some of the trees need protection from bouncy dogs, but £6 to walk what is predominantly a public footpath seems a bit cheeky. Save your money and donate it to Heli Hounds!
How to get there
1 Marks Hall Rd, Colchester CO6 1TG, UK
Nearby dog walks
Venny/ Lower Lodge Farm Colne Nature Reserve
Forest, Park·Dog walk
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