Walks Around Upminster & Cranham

Some ideas for walks in the Essex countryside around Upminster and Cranham as coronavirus limits our travel opportunities. Updated 26/4/20 – I’m glad that so many people are enjoying walks in the countryside around Upminster. Sadly a minority are not behaving...

Upminster Walks

A few years ago I considered writing a short book describing walks around my home town of Upminster in Essex but it was thought that the market was too small. I often walk the footpaths in this Essex countryside and until recently rarely saw more than one or two other...

Mrs Patience’s House – A Bit of Social History

In the mid – late 1970s, when I was still at school, every Saturday morning I used to visit an elderly lady called Mrs Patience. She lived in a cottage in the countryside a couple of miles away from my Upminster home (Essex). There was no mains sewage and the only...

Pike Pond & Childhood Fishing Memories

Today’s coronavirus lockdown permitted exercise took me past Pike Pond, a small pond in the countryside that surrounds Upminster. I walk past here every so often and it always brings back memories of childhood fishing trips. From the mid 1960s to early 1970s my father...

Another Paglesham Walk

Walk 38 from 50 Walks on the Essex Coast today – Paglesham Circular (South). Starting at the Plough & Sail, the walk soon reaches the River Roach, once busy with fishermen, smugglers and revenue men. HMS Beagle, the ship which took Charles Darwin on his...