The Flitch Line
The Flitch Line runs along the Brain Valley between Witham and Braintree and is the remaining part of the line that ran via Dunmow to Bishops Stortford. The line from Braintree to Bishops Stortford closed during the Beeching era of cuts, but the commuter branch line from Witham to Braintree remained.
The line passes through White Notely and Cressing, home of the Cressing Temple, calling at Braintree Freeport Designer Village (for fashionista bargain hunters) and Braintree. There are country walks and cycle routes (John Ray Walk and Flitch Way the start of which is adjacent to Braintree Station), history at Braintree Museum or you can just relax in the areas many hostelries and restaurants.
Travelling by train is easy and takes just 60 minutes from London.