Whoever escaped/ Kept a weather-eye open and moved away.
Seamus Heaney (trans.) Beowulf
A volte-face of an old favourite: the walk from South Woodham Ferrers to Maldon via Purleigh. The trick with this walk, in either direction, is to leave early enough to reach The Bell in Purleigh before they stop serving food. I got the 8.25 bus (31x) from Burnham clocktower to Maldon, which gave we enough time to check the charity shops (one purchase: Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf – 99p) and visit Maldon Library before departing proper. Continue reading “Beating the Bounds 4: Maldon to SWF via Purleigh”→
From the cafe on the upper storey of the Antiques Centre in the old mill at Battlesbridge a view of the River Crouch. Battlesbridge is the head of the River Crouch navigation, the upper reach of the tidal zone and site of the most easterly bridge over the river. Geographically Battlesbridge sits at the south west corner of the Dengie peninsula.
An afternoon bracer: off the train at North Fambridge at 15.10 then south down at Fambridge Road. At the turn to The Avenue I instead took the footpath (PROW 256_10) along Blue House Farm Chase towards Blue House Farm. Instead of proceeding directly to the sea wall by the continuing public footpath (PROW 256_13) I took the permissive path east across Blue House Farm land. This initially dragged me north easterly along a raised bund, higher than the wet fields and fleets.