Sunset, Burnham-on-Crouch

Sunset, Burnham-on-Crouch

SWC Walk 162 North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch

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On the sea wall

On the sea wall

North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch walk

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Mudflats

Mudflats

SWC Walk 162 North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch Taken by Pia R

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Seawall on River Crouch, North Fambridge

Seawall on River Crouch, North Fambridge

SWC Walk 162 North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch

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Bridgemarsh Creek

Bridgemarsh Creek

SWC Walk 162 North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch

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Upriver View from The Cliff

Upriver View from The Cliff

SWC Walk 162 North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch

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Jetty, Burnham-on-Crouch

Jetty, Burnham-on-Crouch

SWC Walk 162 North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch

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North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch walk

Follow the tidal River Crouch eastwards towards the North Sea atop the sea wall. Wide open and scenic countryside, mudflats, creeks, rich bird life, sailing boats and marinas.

Length

20.9 km (13.0 mi), of which 4.4 km (2.7 mi) on tarmac or pavements.

For a shorter walk, see the PDF. Time: 4 hours 25 minutes walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 8 hours.

Maps OS Landranger Map: 168 (Colchester). OS Explorer Map: 176 (Blackwater Estuary).
Toughness 3 out of 10. Cumulative ascent/descent: 127/120m.
Walk Notes

Serenity, tranquillity, solitude: you’ll find lots of it on this walk on the Dengie Peninsula in Essex, which largely follows the tidal River Crouch eastwards towards the North Sea, on a wide grassy path atop the sea wall, and with the prevailing wind in the back. Far away from any conurbations, you’ll experience wide open and scenic countryside, stark but beautiful, with constantly changing river views, salt marshes, reed ponds, mudflats, creeks, rich bird life, sailing boats and marinas, to then end along the promenade in charming Burnham-on-Crouch, with its plethora of tea options. Flat throughout (apart from the diversion inland for lunch at the good value pub The Three Horseshoes in Althorne), and with exceptionally easy route finding.

Walk Options

It is possible to shorten the walk by taking the train back from Althorne, right before or after lunch, or to take a bus from the lunch pub in Althorne to South Woodham Ferrers.
You can also cut short the approach to the river from Fambridge station in the morning by using a more direct route (cuts 1.4 km/0.9 mi) or cut the Burnham ending short by using a more direct route to the station (cuts 2.1 km/1.3 mi). Taking both shortcuts therefore reduces the length of the walk to 17.4 km (10.9 mi), with a rating of 2/10.
Finally, if you bring your own lunch (there are no shops along the route) for a picnic by the river, you can cut out the walk inland to the lunch pub, reducing the walk by 2.9 km/1.8 mi and cutting 43m of ascent/descent.

Transport

North Fambridge and Burnham-on-Crouch are on the single track Crouch Valley Line from Wickford to Southminster, with one train every 40 minutes Mon-Sat, and hourly trains Sun.
Trains to Wickford depart from Liverpool Street (journey time to Fambridge 55 mins Mon-Sat, 66 mins Sun).

Lunch and Tea

The Three Horseshoes, Lower Burnham Road, Althorne, Essex, CM3 6DP (01621 740 307). Open Mon 18.00-22.00, Tue-Wed 12.00-15.00 and 17.00-23.30, Thu-Sat 12.00-23.30, Sun 12.00-22.30. Food served Tue-Thu 12.00-14.30 and 17.00-21.00, Fri-Sat 12.00-21.00, Sun 12.00-19.00. Located 11.5 km into the walk, the Three Horseshoes provides good value, freshly prepared food, from a wide-ranging menu. It has a large garden at the back.

Plenty of options for tea in Burnham. See the pdf for details.

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By Car

Start: CM3 6NE Directions then return to your car by train:

Finish: CM0 8BQ Directions then travel to the start by train:

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

Version

Oct-17

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Walk Directions  

Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.

This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk