June’s walk started in Tillingham and the group headed west following the well-defined St Peter’s Way through fields of ripening crops. The gradient rose very gently and from the highest point, and on this clear and sunny day, we were rewarded with far reaching views that included the River Blackwater and Osea Island, and Maldon in the distance. We spent some time enjoying the view whilst taking advantage of the conveniently placed, and one and only, seat on the walk. A small plantation of trees gave some shade and a welcome change from walking through crops. From there we turned south and headed for Southminster, a total of 4 miles. After a picnic in the church grounds most of the group continued on to Burnham. Near Ratsborough Farm the vegetation was thick and the paths almost obliterated and later disappeared altogether causing some problems. With difficulty we regained the correct footpath returning to Burnham via Stoneyhills and peeling off at various stages thus adding a further 2-3 miles to the walk.
Forthcoming meetings (4th Tuesday monthly)
July 22nd Meet Burnham-on-Crouch Railway Station to catch the 10.20 train to Althorne. Walk 5kms/4.5 miles to North Fambridge, lunch in Ferry Boat Inn, return by train. Option for stronger walkers only meet Marina Car Park 9.00 to walk to North Fambridge, joining others at Althorne (on the seawall), 12kms/7.5miles.
August 26th Meet 10.00 outside Blackwater Bistro, Blackwater Marina, Mayland walk 7kms/4miles lunch in Bistro optional pm walk 7kms/4miles.
For further details contact Diane Caulkett 783786.