Adventures around Chelmsfordwith PlusBus

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Chelmsford only became a city in 2012, when it was granted city status as part of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, but its history goes back centuries. In the new city's museum you can learn more about Chelmsford's industrial past, including its role as the birthplace of radio. Nowadays, Chelmsford has great shops, restaurants and leisure activities too, as well as walks by the river and through flowering parks. A Chelmsford PlusBus ticket gives you unlimited bus travel around the whole area. Here are just three of the adventures you could have.

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  • Great for: climbing | family fun | history | industrial heritage | museums | parks and gardens |
  • Refreshments: lots of great cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  • Please note: researched/updated in October 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Walks around Chelmsford

    The countryside around Chelmsford is beautiful and there are some great paths to follow. Here are a couple walks that you can easily reach with a PlusBus ticket.

    • The Saffron Trail, one of several brilliant long-distance walks across Essex, follows a green, riverside corridor through Chelmsford on its 70-mile route from Southend to Saffron Walden. This short taster of the Saffron Trail is entirely inside the city, but feels quite rural at times. Catch bus 371 or bus 47 from the bus station (Stand 3) next to the railway station. Get off the stop called Fox and Raven, carefully cross Chelmer Village Way, and turn right at the roundabout onto Mill Vue Road. Follow this lane until it becomes a path and follow the path until it leads sharp right back along the river, soon crossing a green-railed footbridge.
    • You can walk about three miles through the heart of Chelmsford, along Rivers Chelmer and Can, past various locks and mills and under a railway viaduct. Soon after walking under the viaduct, a path leads right up to the Admirals Park bus stop, where you can catch bus 59 back to the railway station.
    • Also leading through Admiral’s Park, Chelmsford’s Centenary Circle is a 21-mile circular walk around the edge of the city. Each of its five sections are easily reached with a PlusBus ticket.
    • Wherever you wander in Chelmsford, there is plenty to explore. For more ideas and adventures in the area, see our car-free guide.