Greensted Church and Ongar
Saturday 26th March was a beautiful sunny day for our walk, which started at Greensted Church, which is claimed to be the oldest wooden church in the world and certainly the oldest still standing in Europe.
It is said that there has been a place of worship there since Saxon times, although dating of the remaining oak-clad nave walls put the date of the current structure to around 1060 AD.
It has been repaired and extended many times over the ages to be what we see today.
From the Church we walked past the ancient Greensted Wood (mentioned in The Doomsday Book), then along by fields where the remains of a Roman Villa were found. We then passed very close to what is left of the now defunct Epping to Ongar railway and then onto Cripsey Brook, where we were hopeful of seeing the azure flash of a Kingfisher (not to be today, though).
In true EFOG style we then turned off into Ongar for refreshments and a bite to eat after which we joined the path back to Greensted Church.
The walk was led by Peter Burgess and group members on the walk were: Peter & Annick, Ken, Eileen, Louise, Sue S, Madeleine, France & Parviz, Val.
Val. 26th March 2022