Day 3 and My Map is Out of Date

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.  

Tilbury Fort – One for the Gun Spotters
  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landscape around the new container port, set to be the biggest in Europe, is changing and I discovered my map is now out of date.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.  

spot the path? Just have to head for the white post
  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.

4 thoughts on “Day 3 and My Map is Out of Date

  1. Chris Frazer April 9, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    Enjoy the rest day Juice, I bet the mat will feel like the best bed ever after a long day on your feet. Did you see any bearded tits?


    • Spike Martin April 9, 2015 / 2:58 pm

      Hey Juice, you are going well and the rest day will do you good. You know how I like a bit of bird spotting, but bearded ones…………….I’m not so sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x


    • Lucy April 9, 2015 / 6:54 pm

      Unfortunately not. Bearded men with binoculars but no bearded tits


  2. Al Lewis April 9, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    good to bump into you, albeit and the dentist’s car park – hope you are back on track soon and get some better non-mattress-non-rubbish dump views.


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