Wednesday 8 April 2015
Tilbury to Pitsea, Basildon
15 miles walked
Airbnb stay with Lindsey
Such a beautiful start to the day walking along the estuary past Tilbury Fort with just birdsong and lapping water for company. Music to the ears but not so for the eyes I’m afraid as there was lots of rubbish, mainly plastic sticks and plastic tampon accoutrements. This is where the plastic goes.
As the day got going so the map reading became more tricky and I got my first telling off from the man in the hard hat on the big crane at Mucking Tip because I shouldn’t have been walking there amongst the enormous dumper trucks that kept speeding past. Fortunately I found a gate into Essex Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and was glad to stop for some refreshment and a good view of the new container port being built. Today the twitchers were out looking for bearded tits (no comments Spike!) but I didn’t have time to look as I carried on through Mucking Marshes.
When walking map reading is more significant because mistakes mean extra miles. The landscape around the new container port, set to be the biggest in Europe, is changing and I discovered my map is now out of date. I was fortunate not to get lost as some paths no longer existed and I came across a dual carriageway where there was a field on my map; that was a surprise!
I made it to Fobbing early afternoon and rewarded myself with a refreshment stop at the White Lion where I met Len, Paul and Dave. Len also likes walking and canal boats (he was about your age mum but I think he was married). He was kind enough to explain all the map issues I was having and point me in the direction of Pitsea, a small town next to Basildon and my night stop.
Tonight would be my first Airbnb experience and many thanks to Lindsey who was an excellent host. Tomorrow is my first, unplanned, rest day as I shall be going home to visit the dentist and hopefully get the broken tooth sorted. My feet will be glad of the rest and hopefully the blisters will heal.