Beach of Dreams natural dyes

48 Shades of Sand

Creating the colours of the East Coast with natural dyes   Hand-painted silks are a defining feature of Kinetika’s transformational […]

Read More
Bola and Remi at the graffiti wall credit Kevin Rushby

Purfleet Beacon to Grays

Day Thirty-Four. I almost died of shock. There it was. The pop-up tent abandoned and empty. No sign of Hobblin' John Hogweed...

Read More
Horses at Hullbridge credit Kevin Rushby

Hullbridge to Paglesham

Day Twenty-Four. Just when you think it's going to be okay, when the aches and pains have faded..

Read More
Beach of Dreams flag installation Lowestoft

Flag Installation

There are only two more opportunities to see all 500 flags together in the special Beach of Dreams installation – this is one of them!

Read More
Sea People Nabil Ali exhibition

The Sea People by Nabil Ali

Installed for only two days, you are invited to see this dramatic outdoor exhibition of 15 large sculptures on a remote beach at Walton-on-the-Naze, by artist Nabil Ali.

Read More

Beach of Dreams Credits

Contributors & Credits Thank you to everyone who contributed to Beach of Dreams, it was a huge feat of collaboration […]

Read More
Beach of Dreams walk 1 map

Lowestoft

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.

Read More

Southwold

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

Read More

Halesworth

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

Read More

Aldeburgh

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.

Read More
orford ness

Orford Ness

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

Read More

Orford Ferry

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.

Read More

Sutton Hoo

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.

Read More

Felixstowe

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.

Read More

Ipswich Marina

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

Read More

Shotley Ferry

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.

Read More

Dedham

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

Read More

Wrabness

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

Read More

Harwich

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

Read More

Walton-on-the-Naze

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.

Read More

Jaywick

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.

Read More

Mersea

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

Read More

Brightlingsea

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.

Read More

Peldon

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.

Read More

Tollesbury

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.

Read More

Maldon

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.

Read More

Bradwell

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.

Read More

Wallasea Island

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.

Read More

Burnham-on-Crouch

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.

Read More

Hullbridge

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.

Read More

Paglesham

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.

Read More

Rochford

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.

Read More

Shoeburyness

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.

Read More

Canvey Island

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

Read More

Benfleet

From Benfleet Station, up the tidal creek north of Canvey Island, we pass across marsh, landfill and railway – a low-lying landscape created and shaped by water. In collaboration with the InspiralLondon collective.

Read More