An Essex Walk from the Bewitched Village of Canewdon

Another Essex Coast Walk checked; a very enjoyable route from Canewdon along the River Crouch. The full route (Walk 34) starts at South Fambridge but I completed only the circular section. The tall tower on St Nicholas Church can be seen for many miles and a light...

A Walk Around Shoeburyness Range

Today’s walk, in weather more like October than June, took me around the military firing range at Shoeburyness. The area east of Shoeburyness, including Foulness Island, has been used by the military since 1858 when the British School of Gunnery was opened. It is...

The Least Scenic Coast Path?

In Essex Coast Walk I wrote that the coast path from Grays to Purfleet may be the least scenic in Britain. Today I walked part of it, from Purfleet to the QE2 Bridge. Whilst not what one would typically call scenic, it’s an interesting stretch of the Thames, with...

A Walk by the River Blackwater

Now that we are permitted to travel for our exercise I’m back to checking walks for the forthcoming reprint of 50 Walks on the Essex Coast. Sales have picked up again and Amazon keep running out of stock but Swan Books have copies for quick despatch, without postage...

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...