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

15-Oct-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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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.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sun, 15-Oct-17 18

Sunday Walk - Mudflats and Birdlife on a tidal river, a Regatta & Big Skies: North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch

Length: 20.9 km (13.0 mi) [shorter walk possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 127/120m
Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 3 out of 10
Take the 10.14 Southend Victoria train from Liverpool Street (10.23 Stratford, 10.34 Romford etc.), change at Wickford onto the Southminster service (arr. 11.03, dep. 11.06), arrives North Fambridge 11.20. Nervous about the 3 minute connection in Wickford (the connecting train typically does NOT wait)? Take the 09.44 train from L’pool Street…
Return trains from Burnham are hourly on xx.10 (80 mins journey time). Buy a Burnham-on-Crouch return.
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, on the last day of The Endeavour Trophy regatta. 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.
Shortcuts:
· It is possible to shorten the walk by taking the train back from Althorne, just before/after lunch.
· 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).
· Finally, if you bring your own lunch (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.
Lunch is at the family-run The Three Horseshoes in Althorne (11.5 km/7.2 mi). For tea, you are spoilt for choice for cafes, restaurants and pubs in Burnham (we might even manage to gate crash the bar at The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club again in its stunning location overhanging the river estuary…). For details on all these options consult the Walk Directions pdf.
For walk directions, map, height profile, some photos, a video and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.162
Always a nice walk, whatever the weather, whatever the season, in my opinion, but especially so when it's sunny with a breeze from behind, and the tide is low, the mudbanks are exposed and the birdlife is busy, as it was today.
18 walkers today, 13 or 14 of which went to the lunch pub. Some were quite happy with their food, others had some grumbles, but outside in the sun, this didn't really matter all that much. 9 of us then had a very good cream tea (or just tea) in Burnham at the Georgian Tea Gardens and most of those then also had a drink on the wooden terrace of the Ye Olde White Hart pub, overhanging the river. 18.10 train for those. Purrrfect day.
Sat, 07-Jan-17 18

Saturday Second Walk - Along the seawall of the tidal River Crouch: mudflats, creeks, marshlands & 'big skies'

SWC 162 - North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch
Length: 20.9 km (13.0 mi) [shorter walk possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 127/120m
Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 3 out of 10
Take the 09.35 Southend Victoria train from Liverpool Street, change at Wickford onto the Southminster service (arr. 10.11, dep. 10.16), arrives North Fambridge 10.30.
Concerned about the 5 minute changeover time? (the Southminster train does NOT wait in case of delays). Take the 09.13 Southend Victoria train...
Return trains from Burnham are every 40 mins: 15.40, 16.20, 17.00, 17.40,…, 23.00 (70 mins journey time).
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.
This walk should be mud-free after the first couple of field boundaries early on…
For a neutral view on the walk check the comment dated 16/08/15 here or check out the photos or even the video on our website.
Shortcuts:
- 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).
- Finally, if you bring your own lunch (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.
Lunch is at the family-run The Three Horseshoes in Althorne (11.5 km/7.2 mi). For tea, you are spoilt for choice for cafes, restaurants and pubs in Burnham (we might even manage to gate crash the bar at The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club again in its stunning location overhanging the river estuary…). For details on all these options consult the Walk Directions.
For walk directions, map, height profile, some photos, a video and gpx/kml files click here.T=swc.162
18 walkers in dry weather with low clouds/mist. The seawall path was unexpectedly muddy in a few places, but mostly fine to walk along. More difficult were the few stiles and the one plank bridge: all slitherey and dangerous, resulting in one comical (injury free) backwards fall. The route was amazingly quiet today, even by the standards of this remote walk. No other hikers and only very few dog walkers, so we had the scenery to ourselves and the birds.
Mudflats and creeks were exposed for the duration, as we had low tide all the way, making for interesting scenery unlike any other walk I am aware of on this site.
12 pub lunchers and 2 sandwichers walked up to Althorne, the rest continued directly to Burnham. The Three Horseshoes served the by now familiar huge portions of tasty, good value for money grub. And they even had space inside for all of us.
2 then took the train from Althorne to Burnham for a mosey.The rest reached the town in time for tea, only to find the first tea shop still shut for year end.
Not to worry, the Quayside Cafe and Restaurant a little further along the promenade served decent cakes and (bagged) tea. Most of the tea drinkers then joined 4 others for a drink at the Royal Yacht Club (the Corinthians Yacht Club was shut for the day). 17.00 train for the backmarkers.
The two who left the group after lunch enjoyed tea at Royal Burnham Yacht Club with fantastic view of peaceful sea highly recommended.
Sat, 07-Mar-15 19 North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch
Sat, 23-Aug-14 6 North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch
Sat, 11-May-13 4 North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch
Wed, 05-Sep-12 North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch