Top 5 Autumn Dog Walks in Essex

Updated: Apr 15, 2020

This time of year is the perfect time for countryside walks, enjoying a big mug of tea and exploring all that the picturesque county of Essex has to offer.

Here at Paw & Pose Photography we have taken chosen some of our best autumn walks around the county. We've also tracked down spots where you can warm up afterwards in a lovely café - sometimes a must depending on the weather!

So pull on those wellies, grab those leads and start stomping on those fallen leaves and enjoy the best local walks around Essex.


If you fancy a peaceful walk where you are guaranteed to spot some wildlife then these ancient, tranquil woodlands are perfect for you.

Thorndon Country Park spans over 500 acres so there's plenty to see and explore.

The Gruffalo Trail is a must-visit for families with hand-crafted carvings of your favourite characters dotted around the woodlands. A fab couple of hours out with the dog and little ones.


Walking by the water can leave you feeling calm and tranquil and the walk along the River Crouch in South Woodham Ferrers is very peaceful on an Autumnal day. Come rain or shine, it's a great walk for you and your four-legged friend and you can even walk all the way to Burnham-On-Crouch if you like!

Another great part to this walk is the lovely Phoebe's Pantry , which is the perfect place to grab a hot drink and enjoy a slice of delicious homemade cake as you take in the river views.

Audeley end

Audley End is not only one of the most beautiful country homes in the country to visit but also has gorgeous landscaped gardens to enjoy, as well as some extensive grounds.

There are plenty of features to see along your walk, including the bridge over the River Cam, the Parterre Garden or the Place Pond.

Whilst visiting the gardens it's also worth stopping by the Victorian Stable Yard to greet the horses. There are plenty of paths to take but just make sure to keep an eye out for the large gaggle of geese!

Dogs on leads are permitted in the grounds but are allowed to go and explore in the surrounding parks and open areas, so it will suit all types of dogs and their families.

Paper Mill Lock

Situated in the picturesque setting of Little Baddow, not far from Chelmsford, Paper Mill Lock can make a fantastic afternoon out for you and your furry companion.

Not only will you be spoilt with peaceful, beautiful walks along the canal route, but there is a great tea-rooms there, where you can order a delicious homemade lunch or enjoy a slice of cake!

The route is an interesting one. The path leads you along the canal, past the fields, with little bridges to cross. There is local wildlife, plenty of Autumnal coloured tress and the colourful river boats to admire.


The Forest is huge at 2,400 hectares. It stretches from Essex into London and is made up of some stunning woodland, grassland and lakes.

There is so much to do here and your dog will love it! There are more than 50,000 ancient trees and 100 lakes and ponds to take a dip in.

In the Autumn the forest glows with beautiful burnt orange tones and golden yellow leaves. It's a great walk to do on a Sunday especially, to walk off a scrumptious Sunday Lunch at any of the nearby gastro pubs.

Epping Forest is huge, so you and your dog will never get bored of sniffing out new routes to explore together.