Day 7 Very Windy Walk to Maldon

Sunday 12 April 2015

Steeple to Maldon
15 miles walked
Osea Campsite, Mill Beach

If yesterday started with the breakfast of champions then today was the breakfast of kings. I stayed at the Star Inn in Steeple and the lovely proprietor cooked me breakfast on the house just for being a nutter. Marvellous. This was after he served me the biggest portion of cod I’ve ever eaten for dinner yesterday. If you’re ever in the area I can recommend The Star.  

one piece of cod was deemed too small for an Essex portion so I got two!
 I set out to walk to Maldon on a sunny but very windy day. Making my way around Mayland and Lawling Creeks I occasionally had to use my walking poles to try and prop me upright against the wind. I met a lovely couple who were very interested in my trip and were out for a training walk ahead of doing the South Downs Way. If only I’d done some training! 

This photo captures the essence of the Essex coastline for me. It took me 3 hours to get from the campsite across the creek to where I’m stood taking the photo; over 7 miles of walking, 2 pee stops, one blister stop and a cake bar just to get half a mile as the crow flies. I should have swum it.  

view across Lawling Creek
Oh the wind, it was incredible and I definitely got windburnt. I was treated to some lovely views of Osea and Northey Islands, lying in the Blackwater River. 

Osea Island
I passed the site of Maldon Battle in 991 – a nondescript field by the river. Maldon itself is a good looking little town and there were lots of people out in the park enjoying the good weather. I stopped for a prawn sandwich and the. Walked into town to buy some more blister plasters. It was then a long slog out of town to Osea campsite. I pitched my tent in as much shelter from the wind that I could find; as you can see it was difficult to find a space.   

At 5.30, after a shower and some foot admin I walked to the onsite restaurant and bar for some dinner only to be told they stopped serving food at 5. The barman took pity on me and offered to cook me scampi and chips with peas so I at least ate, even if it wasn’t the nicest. 

Fingers crossed I don’t blow away in the night. 

6 thoughts on “Day 7 Very Windy Walk to Maldon

  1. Gareth bryant April 12, 2015 / 7:17 pm

    I told you that you would eat a lot of fish and chips! Great to hear the progress and hope the feet are feeling better soon.


    • Lucy April 15, 2015 / 8:01 pm

      Only one lot of fish and chips so far, and only one ice cream. I am slacking!


  2. Chris Frazer April 13, 2015 / 3:43 am

    Juice you needed three points of contact to tackle that meal…..impressive piece of fish!

    Have you tried run breeze anti blister socks,they are multilayered the inner most being silk? Others I know used socks with individual toes and swore by them. I used moleskin blister plaster (very soft) when the blisters came and gewohl foot cream to strengthen my feet…….the best thing the medics did for me was to tape my feet so it looked like I wearing those five finger vibram innov8 shoes that Ben Plonk used to wear……you may need to experiment with insoles I swear by the sorbs thane ones……

    Have you got gaiters? You cannot walk for long with wet feet your skin crumples up and that is where the blisters form…..gaiters will keep them dry for longer and stop the rain running into your socks.

    I know you know all of this but I am just reiterating this as you have so much to think about that tha basics get paid lip service.

    Be strong and well done for the first week


    • Lucy April 14, 2015 / 7:52 pm

      Hi Chris. Thanks for all the great advice, I should have talked to you before I left. Learning as I go so all advice gratefully received.


  3. Spike Martin April 13, 2015 / 10:15 am

    Hey Juice, well done you. A week in and still going strong. With all those pub stops you are having, I think I need to come and join you!!!!! Send my regards to Colchester and 16 Air Asslt Bde as I will be on Ex JOINT WARRIOR validating them AGAIN!!!

    Juice hang in there girl, otherwise I will have to come join you in my FMBs and Oktoberfest little number!!!!!


    • Lucy April 14, 2015 / 7:54 pm

      I wondered why I could hear a Chinook yesterday. Quick bus trip to Colchester today but didn’t stop. Thought of you as I passed through.


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