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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Sunday Walk: Along the River Crouch with mudflats and bird life

North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch
Length: 20.9km (13 miles) or 14.5km (9.1 miles)

Toughness: 3/10 or 2/10

10:08 Ipswich train from Liverpool Street changing at Stratford (arr 10:16; dep 10:30) and at Wickford (arr 11:01; dep 11:06) to arrive at North Fambridge at 11:20.

Return trains from Burnham-on-Crouch to Liverpool Street, changing at Wickford and Shenfield, are at xx:10 (journey time 1 hr 27 mins).

This walk follows the tidal River Crouch eastwards towards the North Sea, mainly atop the sea wall. You’ll experience huge skies, scenic countryside, salt marshes, mudflats, creeks, rich bird life, sailing boats and marinas, finishing along the promenade in Burnham-on-Crouch. Lunch is at The Three Horseshoes (01621 740307) 11.5km into the walk in Althorne, requiring a detour inland. There are plenty of options for tea in Burnham.

If you take a packed lunch to avoid the detour, and also take short cuts at the start and the end, the length of the walk can be cut to 9 miles. You can also finish the walk at lunchtime by returning from Althorne station (trains at xx:15).

You will need to download the walk directions.



Thomas G said...

Looks like there are no trains tomorrow between Liv Street and Stratford, and what the journey planner shows is a tube transfer, i.e. Central Line. Best to describe it as a Stratford start therefore! At 10.30...

Thomas G said...

Just n=2 off the Stratford-originating train in w=warm-and-hazy-with-a-breeze-later-sunny weather. Some good displays of Red Samphire in the Salt Marshes, plenty of wildflowers still on display on the seawall and in the neighbouring pastures. Lots of butterflies and insects, incl. plenty of red-bodied dragonflies. Add the mudflats (it was low tide at the start of the walk) and plenty of birdlife, the sailing and other boats, and we had an almighty fine scenery.
Walker 1 picnicked by the river in Althorne, Walker 2 found some nourishment on a damson tree pathside to keep him going, and - for once - forewent his usual pub lunch and headed straight for Burnham and a Kaffee und Kuchen extravaganza, later on washed down with a pint of locally brewed liquid bread at The Queen's Head.
Always a nice walk.

Anonymous said...

I was on the walk, possibly about two hours behind. With a friend. Lovely walk indeed. Picnic by the marina at Althorpe. Beer and food in Old White Harte BOC excellent, and the dark mild in The New Welcome Sailor near the station was beyond good. Great day, thanks for posting. Gavin

Thomas G said...