SWC 162 - North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch
Length: 20.9 km (13.0 mi) [shorter walk possible, see below]
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.
- 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
(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
, height profile, some photos
, a video
and gpx/kml files