Day 10 Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside

Wednesday 15 April 2015

East Mersea to Frinton-On-Sea
15 miles walked
Camping at Grange Farm, Thorpe-Le-Soken

Morning ablutions were cheered up somewhat by reading Chris’s comments to my blog. Today was the hottest and sunniest so far, which also made it the sweatiest. Jo kindly made me porridge and tea while I packed up a dry tent and then I made my way to the end of Mersea Island to await the 1015 ferry across the River Colne.  

I love foot ferries
 The ferry man kindly gave me free passage in honour of my trip and the fact that I was going to Point Clear because apparently no one goes there. When I arrived I saw why. It was a bit derelict and rubbishy, and yet more caravans. Its only redeeming feature is the first Martello Tower in the line between Brightlingsea and Aldeburgh, defending us against Napoleon.  

Point Clear Martello Tower
 Two hours later I reached the biggest set of holiday caravan parks I have seen. Apparently this area is a holiday Mecca for East Londoners from Dagenham and Barking, and it seems like lots of them own static caravans. I carried on through Jaywick to reach Clacton-On-Sea. Jaywick is the most rundown, poverty stricken place I’ve seen. Half the houses were boarded up, there was rubbish everywhere and every adult I passed was drinking a can of extra strong lager. A couple of places had extremely loud music blaring, one was country music and had speakers on the walls and an old bloke sat out the front. Another had younger inhabitants and I drew a few expletives just for walking by. 

Clacton-On-Sea was busy with people enjoying the summer sun in April (not sure anyone goes to school) and I took the opportunity to cool my feet with a quick paddle in the sea. Think I might have had a swim if I had been somewhere else. I saw the world’s supply of motorbility scooters going along the promenade and didn’t bother stopping for lunch as I didn’t fancy a bacon burger, chips or any of the other fare on offer. Yet again I drew more comments from passers by, mostly rude, and often commenting on the ‘ski poles’.  

Clacton beach on a glorious April day
 Quite a lot of the beachside promenade was closed as £36M is spent on new fish tail groynes to improve the sea defence. I counted 11 cranes and 5 dumper trucks in operation. Impressive to watch.   

that looks fun!
 I busted myself the last 4km in the afternoon heat to try and make the 1603 train from Frinton-On-Sea to the campsite at Thorpe-Le-Soken and missed it by 3 minutes. Gutted as that meant a 57 minute wait for the next one. 

12 thoughts on “Day 10 Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside

  1. jstumm April 15, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    Nooo, was the train being driven by a German? So, our rucksack are complete, we have plenty of electronic equipment, including a laptop! One pair is packing 2 tents (who wants to share), though they did agree to take only 3 weeks worth of underpants, then they would need to shop for more! We did have sensible ideas though, in their defense 😄. Next week we are going to try and read bits of your blog, i’ll let you know how we get on. Be careful, and walk as much or as little as you feel like – there are plenty of years to see the rest…


    • Lucy April 15, 2015 / 8:00 pm

      Brilliant. Will get you a photo when I can get someone to take one. These kids are going to find it difficult with their packing. Keeping me amused though. Love to E and P x


  2. Val K April 15, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    Sorry to hear you are getting so much verbal abuse for using the poles, but at least the kindnest
    you are experiencing seems to outweigh the bad manners. Keep safe .


    • jstumm April 17, 2015 / 3:45 pm

      haha, i spent all day wondering if i had misread the post, i hadn’t read anything about Polish people (poles) – doh


  3. April 15, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    Brilliant post – had me laughing out loud. I take it you won’t be looking for a seaside home there…. Although the beach pictures look lovely.

    Bad luck about the train!


  4. Chris Frazer April 15, 2015 / 11:31 pm

    Juice were you not tempted to use one of those scooters to ease your pain and to move through the nations finest more quickly?

    Lucky you moving through such scenic countryside with all the static caravans…….joy of joys oh the vista.

    Unlike you to turn down food….even if it is swimming in fat and made lovingly by hands that may not seen soap in a while…

    Hope the feet repair soon

    Keep going and be careful…….



  5. Donna Munday April 15, 2015 / 11:39 pm

    Lucy, let me know if you are still in Frinton tomorrow, as we have friends that live there by the sea and I’m sure would love to give you a cup of tea. And how about putting some James Bond-esque poison on the tips of your poles to jap at the people being rude? Or is that a bit harsh? Love Donna xx


    • Lucy April 18, 2015 / 7:08 am

      Hi Donna. I’m sorry I picked your comment up a little late. Will give the poison idea some thought though 😈


  6. salmunday April 17, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    I like the idea of the James Bond poison for the tips of the poles. Good offer of the friends for tea, does anyone else have friends along the coast as we could over Luc tea (and phone charging) all up the coast!


  7. Donna Munday April 19, 2015 / 12:39 am

    I can offer friends in Scarborough, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bristol, various parts of Cornwall Devon and Dorset, Bournemouth and Brighton. And any city or town on the coast where there’s a decent size theatre. Maybe we need some kind of advance warning system so we can set up a Tea/Food/Laundry UK-wide support network.
    Never mind re Frinton Luc, but will keep an eye on where you’re heading so can be more organised.
    Love Donna xx


    • Lucy April 19, 2015 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks Donna. I’ll let you know when I’m approaching Scarborough.


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