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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.

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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

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Halesworth

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Harwich

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. By ferry from Burnham-on-Crouch.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Canvey Island

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

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Benfleet

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.

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Thurrock Thameside

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.

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Langdon Hills

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

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South Ockendon

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.

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Purfleet-on-Thames

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-on-Thames.

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Purfleet Beacon

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.

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