East­ern de­lights

Proof there’s more to Es­sex than TOWIE and danc­ing around hand­bags

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Riding - By Justin Hayzelden

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

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