Brad­well on Sea

A walk with a sense of peace and his­tory

Essex Life - - INSIDE - WORDS AND PHO­TOS: Lau­rie Page Pub­lic Rights of Way Team at Es­sex County Coun­cil

1 This is a pop­u­lar and well-known Es­sex walk. It is a straight for­ward route which has the ad­van­tage of not only easy walk­ing but also some in­ter­est­ing fea­tures along the way, as well as the fa­mous chapel. There are no steep hills or stiles to ne­go­ti­ate. If it is out of sea­son, watch out for a keen easterly wind that can keep the tem­per­a­ture down, as this is a very ex­posed coast­line. But if it is warm enough, just sit on one of the many World War II pill boxes that line the route and en­joy the peace and quiet.

Walk through the gate at the end of the dirt track. Fol­low the foot­path to the chapel, which you will see straight ahead of you. Con­tinue past the other side of the chapel down to the shore­line (the marsh area of the na­ture re­serve is in front of you) and at the T-junc­tion of foot­paths turn left pass­ing the watch­tower and fol­low the foot­path along the sea wall.

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To the right is the marshy na­ture re­serve which is soon re­placed by the Black­wa­ter es­tu­ary. By a lit­tle beach the grass foot­path is re­placed by a con­crete walk­way, mak­ing progress eas­ier. This re­verts back to grass, but con­tinue to fol­low the wind­ing sea wall path all the way for about two miles. En­joy the tran­quil set­ting and the views of West Mersea on

the op­po­site shore and the es­tu­ary with its lit­tle sail­ing boats. As the walk con­tin­ues, the re­main­ing build­ings of the power sta­tion can be seen to the left. Pass the power sta­tion on the sea wall and be­fore the path swings round to the left in a large arc, you will see steps down to a wide grass track on the left.

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Take this path, lead­ing to­wards a large World War II pill box in the field. Pass the pill box, which is on the right, and then a few lit­tle white bun­ga­lows. Go through the gate and up the track, and as the path swings to the left, go straight on, fol­low­ing the foot­path ar­rows be­tween two hedgerows. This runs par­al­lel with the road and in wet weather the walker can use the road. At the end of this lit­tle path turn left to join the road that served the power sta­tion. Turn right onto the road and con­tinue past the play­ing fields. On your left is the im­pres­sive war memo­rial to the 121 mem­bers of the RAF who were killed in ac­tion while fly­ing on mis­sions from Brad­well air­field dur­ing World War II.

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Con­tinue round the S bend in the road, pass­ing the red brick houses, and at the road junc­tion fol­low the sign to Brad­well vil­lage. Stay on this road, pass­ing the road called Wood­yards and into the lit­tle vil­lage of Brad­well on Sea. Just past the quaint church of St Thomas (which usu­ally stays open and has some in­ter­est­ing guides on the chapel and the vil­lage), turn left into East End Road. Con­tinue all the way down the road (this is where you drove to get to the start) for about a mile, pass­ing the Crick­eters Pub, the car­a­van park and back to East­lands Farm and the track to the car park­ing area.

Brad­well on Sea

The RAF War Memo­rial

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