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Essex Walk
Bradwell on Sea Circular

County/Area - Essex

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km

Ascent - 100 feet / 30 metres

Time - 3 hours 20 minutes

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference TM024078
Lat 51.732359 // Long 0.929629
Postcode CM0 7PN (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

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This easy circular walk from Bradwell on Sea in Essex explores a section of countryside and coast. The route allows you to visit one of the oldest churches in England, the isolated seventh-century chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall. The walk includes Bradwell Waterside with its yachts and small boats, the Blackwater Estuary to visit the Dengle National Nature Reserve with its wide variety of bird life in season.

The start is the car park for Dengle NNR (grid ref. TM024078) on East End Road about 3 km. east of the church in Bradwell on Sea. After parking, return along East End Road and continue ahead to the road junction into the attractive village of Bradwell on Sea with the parish church on your right and the King's Head pub opposite. Turn right into High Street and continue out of the village. Using the grass verge, continue ahead at the first junction past Down Hall on your right to reach a second junction (grid ref. TM002745).

Cross straight over to join a gravel track with an adjacent finger post. The path maintains a diagonal direction across several fields to exit onto Waterside Road in Bradwell Waterside. Bear right and pass Green Man Inn on your right and continue towards the sea. Just before the Yacht Club on the left, turn right onto a narrow path with adjacent finger post (grid ref. TL995079).

The onward path follows the Estuary shore. The first landmark is Bradwell Nuclear Power Station your right. After easy walking for just over three kilometres St Peter's chapel comes into view. Stay on the main path before taking a grassy path on your right towards the chapel (grid ref. TM031082). Continue beyond the chapel to join a track, once a Roman Road, and continue through a kissing gate to reach the car park used at the start of the walk.

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