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RambAle 2a

Maybush Inn, Great Oakley to Harwich

Some history

During our first RambAle in Community Pubs Month April 2012 it was suggested one be organised for Cider month in October 2012 visiting real cider pubs. This became route 2 ("Cider with rosy cheeks"). At that time a couple of the Harwich pubs didn't open all day Saturday, so we started in Harwich although our original plan had been to finish there.

In 2012 Pam Rivers was the Tendring CAMRA Cider Representative, and her husband Tony was the Tendring CAMRA Membership Secretary. Those who knew them will know that sadly they are no longer with us, and are still very much missed.

In 2018 it was suggested that we re-do this walk in their memory, this time finishing at Harwich, with any sponsorship raised going to Tony or Pam's Timeless Tribute funds.

A provisional date of Saturday 20th October 2018 has been pencilled in for this walk.

The route

Since 2012 a new Wetherspoon pub, the Bottle Kiln, has been opened in Dovercourt just a short diversion from our original seafront route so has been added as an optional stop, and in Harwich the Globe has started stocking real cider regularly.

This route then takes us from Great Oakley to Little Oakley, after which we pick up the Essex Way along the seafront with an optional minor diversion into Dovercourt. On reaching Harwich we spiral around from the New Bell back towards the Hanover Inn to finish near the station.

Estimated timings

Based on previous RambAle's estimates are based on 4km per hour rounded to the next 15 minute interval, with a half hour stop per pub. Exceptions are made for very short distances.

When planning this route the number 3 bus from Clacton reached Great Oakley at 12:25, so times assume we start walking at 13:00.

The walk from the Maybush to the Olde Cherry Tree is 1.9 miles, so about 45 minutes. This means we'll be at the Olde Cherry Tree from 13:45 to 14:15.

After the Olde Cherry Tree we have the longest section of the walk at 4.0 miles which might take about an hour and three-quarters, getting us to the Bottle Kiln at about 16:00.

Leaving the Bottle Kiln at 16:30, we have about 1.2 miles to the New Bell Inn so should get there at about 17:00.

Alternatively from the Olde Cherry Tree don't do the optional stop at the Bottle Kiln and continue along the promenade at Dovercourt - this makes the distance from Olde Cherry Tree to New Bell 4.9miles, saving 0.3 miles and the half hour stop.

If you then allow half an hour stop at each of four pubs with negligible walking time between them you will be finished at 19:00 - this is after the last bus back to Clacton (18:14), so if people from Clacton visit all pubs including the optional stop in Dovercourt they'll need to return by train, changing at Manningtree and Colchester North as necessary.

Approximate distances:

  • Maybush, Great Oakley to Olde Cherry Tree, Little Oakley: 3.1km / 1.9miles
  • Olde Cherry Tree, Little Oakley to Bottle Kiln, Dovercourt: 6.4km / 4 miles
  • Bottle Kiln, Dovercourt to New Bell, Harwich: 2.0km / 1.2 miles
  • New Bell, Harwich to Globe, Harwich: 170m / 0.1 miles
  • Globe, Harwich to Alma, Harwich: 100m / 0.1 miles
  • Alma, Harwich to Hanover, Harwich: 320m / 0.2 miles

Getting to Great Oakley

From Clacton only the number 3 now goes to Harwich, via Great Oakley. From Harwich as well as the 3 the 104 to Colchester might get to Great Oakley at a more suitable time. You want to get off by the war memorial.

Route documents

Booklet printable (2 pages per side, double sided print)

Standard PDF (1 page per sheet)