Althorne to Burnham-on-Crouch (8kms/5miles)
On the 27th December (a Bank Holiday) 12 of us met to catch the 10.20 train to Althorne to walk back to Burnham. Unlike last year when we battled a gale and almost got blown from the seawall, this year was a complete contrast: cold temperatures had been forecast and we were dressed appropriately, but in fact it was a glorious, still and sunny morning and we were soon casting off our hats, gloves and jackets. As usual there was much chatter that continued for the duration of the walk. The river looked its best with the sun shining on a high tide. We passed a family group of walkers going in the opposite direction but for such a beautiful day there were few people around. As usual the views from Cliff Reach didn’t disappoint.
Footpaths around Creeksea and then north crossing the Maldon Road and Green Lane took us close to the Mangapps Railway Museum and the Manor. Then a walk through a pleasantly canopied footpath took us to the Cemetery and then on to the group leader’s home where snacks and drinks were awaiting. Two walkers had left en-route but a further five joined us for refreshments and more chatter – a perfect ending to 2016 and a year of walks that I have thoroughly enjoyed leading.
A Happy New Year to you all,
Next Walks – Tuesday January 24th meet 10.00 The Bell, Purleigh 8kms/5miles
Tuesday February 28th will be led by Sue Bridgman – details to follow.
Tuesday March 28th meet 10.00 Blackwater Bar & Bistro, Maylandsea 8kms/5miles