Day 6 The Long Essex Sea Wall

Saturday 11 April 2015

Rochford to Bradwell-On-Sea
21 miles walked
The Star Inn, Steeple

The day started with a breakfast of champions – 2 pain au chocolat and a coffee from Tescos. It was a blustery walk from Rochford along the River Crouch. There was no one about except the early birds chirping away to keep me company, including lots of Egrets who were a constant presence all day. I did find the way to make a cheap road when by the sea, just use shells.   

A farm road made of shells near Rochford
Halfway through the morning the first rain of the trip arrived and confirmed there’s no reason to believe in God as my prayers weren’t answered. Fortunately I have good waterproofs and I quite enjoyed myself, at least until it started hammering down and the rain dripped down my legs into my socks and I got wet feet. 

By the time I reached Wallasea Island the rain slowed and I managed to open my eyes long enough to phone for the ferry to Burnham-On-Crouch.  


The ferry man recommended cafe 41 on Burnham high street, which is a really pleasant town, and I was glad of a rest. I couldn’t resist the flying pig hot sausage sandwich and a pot of tea. (It’s OK Jo, I’m eating!) 

One change of socks later and I was set for the afternoon’s brisk walk to St Peter’s Chapel at Bradwell on Sea. I walked along the top of an earth bank that separates the land from the encroaching sea and passed many pill boxes. This was the finest.  


It was a blowy and solitary afternoon with stunning views out into the North Sea and including a wind farm. A long and satisfying day.  

it’s windy by the sea
St Peter’s Chapel

4 thoughts on “Day 6 The Long Essex Sea Wall

  1. jomunday99 April 11, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    I was just thinking that I wanted to know more about your food intake and then you played a blinder, describing breakfast and lunch no less! Glad to hear sausages are available. Hope you’re also finding plenty of your desired veg!

    More info also about accommodation please. Have you camped yet? You look very tanned already – you’ll be completely weather beaten in a year!


    • jstumm April 12, 2015 / 5:36 am

      She does look rather weather beaten! mom and I were having bets on how much like Tom Hanks in “Cast Away” she’ll look when we meet in October. Also if we’ll need to banish her to the bathroom for a few hours or if she’ll need to tent it in the garden. ☺️

      I like the sound of the sausages though, and Jo is right, more info about sleeping, eating and toilets – that’s what the kids at school are interested in…


  2. Chris Frazer April 12, 2015 / 12:50 am

    Awesome post…….hopefully there will not be too much rain over the next few months……..keep yourself well even you are vulnerable to Kryptonite……..very envious what an adventure.


  3. Tracey April 12, 2015 / 6:57 am

    Morning Lucy, that seashell road looks so gorgeous in the sunshine! Sorry you got rained on but at least you didn’t have to wade through any piles of landfill rubbish today! X


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