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