The Roach Valley Way
The Roach Valley Way is a 23 circular walk around south-east Essex and is entirely within the area covered by the Rochford and Castle Point Group. It leads through a variety of landscapes from the ancient woodlands of Hockley in the west to the costal margins of the Roach and Crouch estuaries in the south and north.
The walk was originally devised by Rochford District Council's conservation project in 1986, which has long since disbanded, the original guide leaflet went of print and the rout became unclear on the ground.
Staff and pupils from the Deanes School in Thundersley, Benfleet, had a long association with the Roach Valley Way; having participated in the inaugural work in 1986 and had used the walk for sponsored walks ever since. Thus they were keen to see it restored and from 1994 the School has been working in partnership with Ways Through Essex, Essex County Council's public rights of way project, to re-establish the foot path which is now waymarked with its own distinctive logo.
Parts of The Roach Valley Way are used extensively by local walkers and the whole path features in the Group's walks programme, twice a year, walked in each direction on successive days.
A detailed 15 page guide to the Path is printed by Essex County Council Planning Department:- "The Roach valley Way" ISBN 1852811498, and is available from local bookshops or in Essex Libraries
The Footpath is marked on Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 175 and 176