Beach of Dreams

A collaborative 500 mile walk from Lowestoft to Tilbury

Beach of Dreams walk 1 map

Walk 1: Sunday 27th June

Lowestoft Euroscope to
Southwold Lighthouse

16  Miles
On this first day of the epic Beach of Dreams journey, we’ll be setting off from Lowestoft in the early morning and walking to Southwold mostly by the Suffolk Coastal Path.

Walk 2: Monday 28th June 2021

Southwold Lighthouse to

Halesworth Town Park

10 miles

A walk by the River Blyth – first its estuary, to the village of Blythburgh, and then the inland river all the way to Halesworth

Walk 3: Tuesday 29th June 2021

Halesworth Town Park to Aldeburgh Moot Hall

21 miles

Quiet paths and lanes through rural Suffolk, then through Walberswick Nature Reserve, Dunwich, Minsmere and Thorpeness. Plus Sizewell!

Walk 4: Weds 30th June 2021

Aldeburgh Moot Hall

to Orford Ferry

16 miles

A day close to the Alde estuary, first inland to the famous Snape Maltings, then through Iken and the sea wall by the Sudbourne Marshes.

orford ness

Walk 5: Thurs 1st July 2021

Orford Ness local walk

4 miles

A short walk around one of the most remarkable nature reserves in England, Orford Ness. Access only by ferry from Orford; entrance fee payable.

Walk 6: Friday 2nd July 2021

Orford Ferry to Sutton Hoo

17 miles

We walk inland through Chillesford before the river Deben takes us to the estuary town of Woodbridge. From here, it’s not far to the Anglo-Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo.

Walk 7: Saturday 3rd July 2021

Sutton Hoo to Bawdsey Ferry

17 miles

We cross typical Suffolk heathland to the ancient village of Boyton. We rejoin the coast soon after, following firstly the Ore estuary, before our final destination of Bawdsey Ferry.

Walk 8: Sunday 4th July 2021

Felixstowe Ferry to Ipswich Marina

19 miles

A seaside walk into Felixstowe, and then we
are never far from the tidal River Orwell as it makes its way to the county town of Ipswich.

Walk 9: Monday 5th July 2021

Ipswich Marina to Shotley Ferry

12 miles

We stay on the Stour & Orwell walk, this time following the right bank of the Orwell with occasional diversions into the surrounding countryside.

Walk 10: Tuesday 6th July 2021

Shotley Ferry to Dedham War Memorial

17 miles

The Suffolk bank of the tidal River Stour takes us to Cattawade, where we join the Stour Valley Path past Flatford Mill and cross the boundary to the Essex village of Dedham.

Walk 11: Wednesday 7th July 2021

Dedham War Memorial to Wrabness House For Essex

11 miles

A day on the Essex Way, Britain’s oldest county trail. We pass through Manningtree and Mistley, and are never far from the banks of the Stour

Walk 12: Thursday 8th July 2021

Wrabness House For Essex to Harwich Ha’Penny Pier

7 miles

We take the final UK miles of cross- European Trail E2 to the ferry terminal at Parkeston Quay and then enter the Georgian old town of Harwich. Friday 9th July is a rest day

Walk 13: Saturday 10th July 2021

Harwich Ha’Penny Pier to Walton-on-the-Naze

19 miles

We’re back by the North Sea coast through Dovercourt before venturing inland near Great Oakley, then Hamford Water provides wonderful estuary walking.

Walk 14: Sunday 11th July 2021

Walton-on-the-Naze to Jaywick Martello Tower

15 miles

A circuit of the Naze Peninsula to start with. Then, back in Walton, we take the prom through the popular seaside towns of Frinton and Clacton.

Walk 15: Monday 12th July 2021

Jaywick Martello Tower to Brightlingsea Ferry

16 miles

There’s coastal marshland on the way to Point Clear and St Osyth. From here we go inland for a little while before returning to the coast at Brightlingsea.

Walk 16: Tuesday 13th July 2021

Mersea Island circular walk

13 miles

A circuit of the most gastronomic island in Essex – we pass saltmarsh grazing, oyster beds, brewery and a vineyard! Access from Brightlingsea Ferry or Cudmore Grove on the island

Walk 17: Wednesday 14th July 2021

Brightlingsea Ferry to Peldon Church

15 miles

The Colne and one of its creeks take us to Wivenhoe, where we cross
the river by ferry to Fingringhoe. From here we walk inland to the small village of Peldon.

Walk 18: Thursday 15th July 2021

Peldon Church to Tollesbury Marina

19 miles

We circuit the Abberton Reservoir before returning to the coast at Salcott and the desolate Old Hall Marshes. For bird-watchers, a day in paradise.

Walk 19: Friday 16th July 2021

Tollesbury Marina to Maldon Hythe

17 miles

Around the Tollesbury Wick Marshes to start with, passing the remains of the most unlikely branch line in Essex. Then we turn west to follow the tidal Blackwater estuary.

Walk 20: Saturday 17th July 2021

Maldon Hythe to Bradwell Waterside

20 miles

Today we’re on the southern shore of the Blackwater estuary, passing the site of the Battle of Maldon and walking through Maylandsea and Ramsey Island.

Walk 21: Sunday 18th July 2021

Bradwell Waterside to Burnham-on-Crouch Quay

17 miles

One of the most remarkable coastal walks in England. Seventeen miles without habitation, save for the religious community beside the 7th century St Peter’s Chapel.

Walk 22: Monday 19th July 2021

Wallasea Island circular walk

11 miles

Discover Wallasea Island, the largest man-made wetland in the UK, created by the RSPB with sea-wall breaches and soil from the Crossrail project.
By ferry from Burnham-on-Crouch.

Walk 23: Tuesday 20th July 2021

Burnham-on-Crouch Quay to South Woodham Ferrers Quay

17 miles

We take the north side of the Crouch estuary, through Althorne Marina and North Fambridge, with a brief inland diversion to the old rail line at Stow Maries.

Walk 24: Weds 21st July 2021

Hullbridge Quay to Paglesham Jetty

16 miles

Inland at first, to avoid sea-wall breaches. We regain the tidal River Crouch at South Fambridge and stay on its sea wall until we reach the Paglesham peninsula.

Walk 25: Thurs 22nd July 2021

Paglesham Jetty to Rochford (The Square)

12 miles

The Roach Valley Way takes us by its namesake river to Rochford. From here we complete a loop into the Cherry Orchard Country Park and back to Rochford.

Walk 26: Friday 23rd July 2021

Rochford (The Square) to Shoeburyness Boom

14 miles

After a short inland start, we circumnavigate Barling Marsh on the southern side of the Roach estuary. Turning south, we skirt Gt Wakering before reaching the open sea.

Walk 27: Sat 24th July 2021

Shoeburyness Boom to Benfleet Station

17 miles

Straight along the coast, on the prom at Southend and past the seafood stalls at Leigh. Thames-side marshes take us to Benfleet where we then loop around Hadleigh Park.

Walk 28: Sun 25th July 2021

Canvey Island circular walk

14 miles

From Benfleet station. Explore the many faces of Canvey – residential, holiday and industrial, with nature reclaiming the island’s western side.

Walk 29: Monday 26th July 2021

Benfleet Station to

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

15 miles

We join the Thames Estuary Path today, with a side trip to the Wat Tyler Country Park too. Afterwards, we walk through Corringham and Stanford-le-Hope.

Walk 30: Tuesday 27th July 2021

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

to Langdon Hills

14 miles

There’s an early visit to East Tilbury before we walk through Horndon-on-the-Hill. We end with a part circuit of the Langdon Hills, the highest ground of Beach of Dreams.

Walk 31: Weds 28th July 2021

Langdon Hills to

South Ockendon Village Green

13 miles

We travel through the former Dunton Plotlands before heading across to the Mardyke, staying beside it through what was fenland until the 1960s.

Walk 32: Thursday 29th July 2021

South Ockendon Village Green

to Purfleet-on-Thames

13 miles

Visiting rewilded lands in Belhus before crossing the London boundary at Hornchurch Country Park. From here, we follow the London Loop through Rainham and beside the Thames.

Walk 33: Friday 30th July 2021

Purfleet-on-Thames

to Purfleet Beacon

11 miles

Almost a circular walk. The Mardyke is our companion at Davy Down. We then take three of the Chafford Gorges before passing the Kinetika studios on our return to Purfleet.

Walk 34: Sat 31st July 2021

Purfleet Beacon to Grays Library

5 miles

Beside the Thames almost the whole way. There’s plenty of industry, but wilder patches too, as we cross under the QEII Bridge on our way to Grays.

Walk 35: Sun 1st August 2021

Grays Library to Tilbury Cruise Terminal

9 miles

On the final day we set out through Chadwell St Mary before paths and tracks take us through West Tilbury to Coalhouse Fort. A Thames-side finish past Tilbury Fort.

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