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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Essex Coast - Burnham-on-Crouch to Southend

Salt marsh

A walk around creeks and countryside of coastal south Essex

The start of the walk is a call to the ferryman. He is based on the far side of the River Crouch and a telephone call has him sailing across in no time. The ferry drops its passenger on Wallasea Island which sets the scene for the day. It is an island but only separated from the mainland by a creek. This low level land is full of creeks, dykes, ditches and it is difficult to determine what is an island and what is part of the mainland.

For this walk we navigate across to the village of Paglesham and then down to the banks of the River Roach which we follow up to the town of Rochford. One could simply catch the train at Rochford and return to Burnham. It wouldn't be a bad idea if you are following this route as the remaining leg to Southend is predominantly urbanised and not a pleasure to walk. The alternative to taking the road is to follow the creeks through to Shoeburyness but that is a whole days walking in itself.

There are limited places for refreshment along this route. There is the Punch Bowl pub at Paglesham but this has limited opening hours. In this instance we returned to Burnham-on-Crouch where the Queens Head is a little back street pub that specialises in micro brewery ales which are rare to find in this part of Essex, in fact any ale of any description is hard to find in this part of Essex.


This is a walk summary intended to provide the user with just the essential information in order to navigate the walk route. Fully detailed information notes, refreshment stops and walk features are not included in this. A full write up will be included in the near future.

Burnham-on-Crouch to Southend Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Burnham-on-Crouch View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Southend View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
14.2 miles
Walk difficulty
footpaths and country lanes - the end section along urban roads
The end section from Rochford to Southend is mostly alongside very busy roads and although there is pavement it certainly is not the most conducive of places to ramble


The following maps and services can assist in navigating this route. The links include published hard copy as well as online plots and downloadable GPX route data for importing into navigational software and apps.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
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Online Ordnance Survey Route
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Online OpenStreetMap Route
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Online Google Route
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ViewRanger App Route
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GPX data for route (download)

Details of Accommodation used when performing this walk


Waterside Park Camp site View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Parkdean resorts Waterside Park on the banks of the Blackwater estuary. This was taken over by Countrywide Park Homes in December 2017 amid accusations of intimidation towards holiday park plot owners. It is uncertain whether touring sites are still available here. Certainly during Autumn 2017 the site was amenable and the staff accommodating. More recent Trip Advisor reports since the take over are not encouraging.


Details of public transport that is required for the walk

Burnham ferry - Ferry Service
Service Details
Burnham ferry - The Ferry links Essex Marina on Wallasea Island with Burnham-on-Crouch Town Quay (opposite the Anchor pub) across the River Crouch. This is a foot ferry that also allows cycles and runs 6 days a week excluding Wednesdays from Easter (Good Friday) to the end of September.
Various - Train Service
Service Details
Greater Anglia - Southend Victoria to Burnham on Crouch, change at Wickford

Walk Data

Date of Walk
Walk Time
09:30 to 15:30
Griffmonster, Kat
Weather Conditions
warm with sunny spells


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