North Farnbridge to Burnham on Crouch, 7 May
This will be a walk of approximately 11 miles with optional drop out point at Althorne after approximately 6 miles (or 7 miles if you come to the picnic/lunch venue).
08.55 am dep Liverpool St (Southend train)
change Wickford – 5 mins only – (Southminster train)
09.50 am arr North Fambridge
The weather forecast for next Saturday is good. This is a lovely walk through the Blue House Farm Nature Reserve, an area rich in bird life. From there, we will climb gently up to the sea wall from where we may be treated to Big Skies, constantly changing river views, sailing boats and marinas.
Approximately six miles later, we will reach Althorne. There is a train service every 40 mins for those who wish to return to London immediately. REMEMBER TO CHANGE AT WICKFORD.
Or you may wish to linger a little longer and walk further uphill to a garden of remembrance. Many benches and lovely gentle views down to the Crouch River – a tidal river.
For those who wish to stay for lunch, I have booked a table for 10 at the vineyard just above the remembrance garden. When we did the recce, we had no complaints about the food or drink. But service was a bit on the slow side. Because it is a long walk, for those of us doing the full 11 miles, I would suggest a lunch break of 45 mins.
Those who picnic are welcome to come up for a drink but, if we are more than 10, you might have to take your chances with seating.
After lunch, those who wish to do so can return to Althorne station. This would bring the shorter walk up to approximately 7 miles.
For the remaining walkers we will continue along a road, with a verge, for about 10 or 15 mins, and then make our walk back to the sea wall promenade.
When we reach the marina, I propose to make my way directly to Burnham on Crouch station (20 to 30 mins walk). If you wish to continue to follow the promenade into town, you may find some tea rooms – if they are still open – but bear in mind to allow 20 to 30 mins back to the station
HAZARDS Some road walking – in single file, please. A couple of stiles. A bit of uphill to Althorne station and lunch spots. Very bright reflective light from the river – you may wish to bring your sunglasses. Uneven walking along sea wall.
Please let me know if you wish to come and wish to have lunch at the vineyard. I will try to circulate a menu beforehand or direct you to the website.
Looking forward to another day’s walking in the glorious English countryside. Patricia