Glen’s Brainy Bishops walk – Sunday 23rd August

Text and pics contributed by Christina

Glen's Brainy Bishops walk

Five and a dog went off on this walk, starting from Witham, Essex. We crossed a posh golf course – beware of flying golf balls – whilst enjoying a long stretch along the River Blackwater.

Glen's Brainy Bishops walk

At the outskirts of Witham we came across the Wickham Bishops Trestle Viaduct – really interesting since it is the last surviving timber trestle railway bridge in England and it is well preserved. It comprises two adjoining viaducts, one crossing the River Blackwater, the second the Wickham Mill leat. The structures were part of the Braintree to Maldon branch line, built to carry freight and passengers inland from the port at Maldon.

In good IOG fashion we ended the walk at the Railway Inn at Witham Station where we enjoyed a well deserved drink in their pub garden having walked 11.4 long miles that day. A big thank you to Glen for organising this lovely and varied walk.