The Friends of the Flitch Way and Associated Woodlands
Annual General Meeting - Friday 3rd May at 7 pm.
Our Annual General Meeting will be taking place on Friday 3rd May at 7 pm. Proceedings will begin with a talk by Dougal Urquhart on the Red Squirrels of Mersea Island followed by the Annual General Meeting.
Address : Discovery Centre, Great Notley Country Park, Great Notley, CM77 7FS.
Free Parking in main car park.
The meeting is open to the public but only members can vote on resolutions.
The agenda can be found here.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on coming so we can make sure we have enough refreshments available.
Update: Flitch Way closed between Little and Great Dunmow
The byway which connects the Flitch Way at Little Dunmow to Great Dunmow has been temporarily closed for 6 months for drainage and surface improvements. ECC are hopefully that work will be complete by mid November but this depends on the weather. Please be aware that the diversion route is via the B1256 which has a 60 mph speed limit.
Wildlife of the month
Orange Tip Butterfly
This butterfly’s name only applies to the male’s colours, who’s wings are white
with orange tips. Females have black wing tips and mottled green underwings.
They are widespread, preferring damp habitats such as river and stream banks,
as well as woodland glades, meadows and hedgerows.
Orange-tips lay their eggs on garden plants including Honesty and Dame’s violet
and the caterpillars feed on plants in the Cruciferae family, particularly
Cuckooflower and Mustard.
Discover more on our Wildlife page.
Why not explore some of the places we work...?
More information is available on our Explore page or click one of the links below to the most popular places.
Carriage Museum Rayne
A great place for all the family. Enjoy tea and cake from the Booking Hall cafe and then visit the carriage to see the model train set and learn about the history of the old railway in the carriage museum. Open 11 am until 3 pm weekends and some school holidays subject to volunteer steward availability.
Stretching for nearly 15 miles between Braintree and Bishops Stortford, the Flitch Way provides a safe traffic free environment for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The Flitch Way forms part of National Cycle Network Route 16. Car parking at Braintree train station and Great Notley Country Park.
Great Notley Country Park
Voted Best "Fun for Free" Attraction for Families in Essex for 2018 by Primary Times it has over 100 acres of parkland and great play facilities from tots to teens. Accessible by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. There is also a large car park and a signed link path to join the Flitch Way at Rayne.
Footpath Work Group
There are many miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways in Essex. The group is on call to go out and clear these Public Rights of Way. This can include building new bridges, gates and steps. So next time you are out on footpaths, around Essex, have a look and see if you can find one of the Friends discs on items we have installed.
Major projects we are trying to fund in the financial year 2017-18 include the following:
- Professionally waterproof the roof of the Carriage Museum. This will be completed with the help of £3,500 grant from the Essex Community Foundation (ECF). The grant was awarded from the Yellow Car Charitable Fund (£2,500), the Essex Life Charitable Fund (£722) and the Acorn Fund (£278) which are administered by ECF.
- Replace and extend the Dunmow boardwalk on the Flitch Way near Oak Spring at Great Dunmow. Status - Funding required.
- Provide a bridge over the river Blackwater in Witham on the Blackwater Rail Trail. Status - Funding required.
The Flitch Way is managed by Essex County Council Country Parks. Please be aware:
Useful contact numbers:
- Motorised vehicles are not permitted except along the Grange Lane Track which connects the Flitch Way at Little Dunmow to Chelmsford Road, Great Dunmow and Buttleys Lane near Great Dunmow. If you see a vehicle using the Flitch Way, please report it to the police on 101/999 and let the Park Rangers know of the incident number.
- All dogs should be under control.
- If you have an incident with a dog, please report it to the relevant dog warden and police with a detailed description and let the Park Rangers know the incident number.
- Please take your litter home with you.
Useful contact numbers:
- Country Park Rangers 03330 132 900 or message the Rangers on their Facebook page.
- Braintree Dog Warden 01376 552 525.
- Uttlesford Dog Warden 01799 510 510.
- Uttlesford Environmental Health 01799 510 510.
- Essex County Wide Traveller Unit 0345 603 7624.