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.
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.