St Peter's Way

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St Peter's Chapel
St Peter's Way trail-marker

St Peter's Way is a long distance footpath, 41 miles in length, running from Ongar to the Dengie Peninsula near Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex. Starting in Ongar the trail runs eastwards through agricultural land visiting many historic Essex villages, with scenic views of Hanningfield Reservoir and the Blackwater estuary on the way. At Tillingham, the route traverses the Essex Marshes and joins the coastal footpath heading north to the site of St Peter-on-the-Wall, an ancient Saxon chapel built on the ruins of a Roman fort by St Cedd in 654AD.

The route was planned in 1970 by Len Alcott of the West Essex Ramblers Association, and the trailmarkers display crossed keys over the Cross of St Peter (ie an inverted cross), on a red disc. St Peter's Way crosses two other long distance paths in Essex: the Essex Way and Three Forests Way.


The following table has divided the way into sections that can be easily walked and added to OSM.

The St Peters Way relation is Relation 140533 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Section Km % Complete Notes
Ongar to Blackmore 6 100% Completed 2009-06-28 Qichina
Blackmore to Mill Green 5 100% GPS trace 2009-06-29 Qichina
Mill Green to Margaretting 4 100% GPS trace 2009-06-29 Qichina
Margaretting to Stock 5 100% Completed 2009-07-20 Qichina
Stock to West Hanningfield 5 100% Completed 2009-07-25 Qichina
West Hanningfield to Bicknacre 7 100% 2009-07-22 Qichina
Bicknacre to Purleigh 7 100% 2009-07-26 Qichina
Purleigh to Mundon 4 100% 2009-07-31 Qichina
Mundon to Maylandsea 4 100% 2009-08-01 Qichina
Maylandsea to Steeple 5 100% 2009-08-08 Qichina
Steeple to Tillingham 6 100% 2009-08-08 Qichina
Tillingham to St Peter's Chapel 8 100% 2009-08-14 Qichina