Proof there’s more to Essex than TOWIE and dancing around handbags
Burnham-on-crouch isn’t the kind of place you ride through or past, it’s the kind of place you ride to. Situated along the southern end of the Dengie peninsula in Essex, on the north bank of the River Crouch, it’s been a popular destination for decades.
It’s the ride there that initially draws people to this picturesque riverside town and in particular the infamous Burnham Bends - a series of ten 90-degree turns that present themselves in rapid succession along the A1010 just before the local limits kick in. There’s not much beyond Burnham, in fact as far as roads are concerned it is pretty much the end of the line, so you get to ride them on the way back too.
It’s a genuinely bike friendly town; not only is parking free, but on Sundays and Bank Holidays motorcycles are exempt from double yellows in the more popular areas – how welcoming is that?
There are several places to eat, but the best for groups, meets and gatherings is either Sherlock’s on the run in or the Cabin Dairy by the war memorial. Both do a fantastic fry-up, although the Cabin Dairy has the edge on location – the views across the river to the bird sanctuary of Wallasea Island are stunning and it’s not hard to find some credence in the legend that it was the teeming wildlife that gave Alfred Hitchcock the idea for one of his more famous movies…
Burnham- on- Crouch is at its busiest on any Sunday from spring to autumn, although you’re guaranteed to find a few intrepid souls making the journey even in the depths of winter as the cafés are open all year round. There is some great riding to be had locally and it’s worth looping up to Bradwell at the north east of the peninsula before heading back west. The tarmac is good but the narrow roads are more suited to bimbling than blasting and it’s not unusual to see a fair number of classic and vintage machines.
‘A run of 90-degree turns arrive in rapid succession’
Why are these bikes abandoned? Because their riders are busy clogging their arteries
No parking…unless you are on a bike. We approve