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SWC Free Walk 157, Wickford to Battlesbridge. 5/6/12
Around 13.4 miles of walking through a very interesting pocket of the Essex countryside. Setting out from the station, the walker is soon into the meadowland that forms a large feature of this walk, along with a few woods. Soon, however, the scenery changes to a vast expanse of man-made water, Hanningfield Reservoir. Walking through the delightful nature reserve here provides an opportunity for a little bird-watching, and, then, shortly after, lunch at the lakeside cafe, though there is also a pub alternative nearby. Thereafter, it's more of the same before arrival at another watery land mark, the tidal River Crouch. Unfortunately, 'rain stopped play' for me just before this, so this short section wasn't filmed today. A lovely walk that feels more Suffolk than Essex, at times, though not without the obligatory Essex pylon, or two! There's a shorter ending at South Woodham Ferrers as required.
Last updated : May-18