Walk • Trek • Travel
A photographic record and journal of our walking, trekking and travelling adventures.
Brightlingsea Circular
Brightlingsea Circular

Sunday, 02 May 2021

We could see across the River Colne to Brightlingsea on a previous walk around Mersea and were intrigued by our companions' lack of enthusiasm for the town. We thought we would go and check it out with a bit of a walk around Brightlingsea Marsh National Nature Reserve.

Steeple Creek
Steeple Creek

Sunday, 26 July 2020

“Steeple?” said one of our friends. “Why Steeple? There is nothing there!” And there really isn’t. “Exactly” I replied. “That is exactly why Steeple”. Steeple is a one-street village, and that street is about a kilometre long. It has a church, two pubs of which one has closed down, a bus stop and few houses. It sits on the Dengie peninsula in Essex, and I imagine that most people barely notice the village during the sixty or so seconds it takes to exit on the other side.

Circular Walk from Beeleigh Falls
Circular Walk from Beeleigh Falls

Sunday, 19 July 2020

This weekend we were in Essex again. We were lucky enough to get a pitch on a fantastic campsite and meet up with our friend, Sioban, for a walk in the beautiful Essex countryside.

Mersea Island Circumnavigation
Mersea Island Circumnavigation

Sunday, 12 July 2020

We needed to get out in the Bongo but didn’t want to travel too far with all of the lockdown restrictions. Quite by chance, I saw a post on a Facebook group one evening, and after a brief exchange of messages on Facebook, I had managed to book us on to a campsite that I had never heard of before located in a part of Essex I had never heard of before. I had better check the map!

Socially Distant in Shoreham
Socially Distant in Shoreham

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Like many, we have not walked for months. During the ‘lock-down’, imposed as a result of coronavirus, we managed to walk around the local estate for an hour a day for exercise and, on one occasion, we even managed a six-mile walk to a small village next to us. But these were not ‘proper’ walks. I say during the lock-down but, as I write this, the lock-down is still actually enforced, albeit with some restrictions eased. However, you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise based on casual observation of many of the folk here, in the South East. When Susan mentioned that there was a ‘Socially Distanced Group Walk’ planned…

Minster to Sheerness
Minster to Sheerness

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Adrive out to Minster in the Bongo is not as bad as some might think. I am not entirely sure what this stigma is with the Isle of Sheppey, not being a local, but I find Minster quite a nice place to park up and stroll along the coast a little. Today, Susan suggested we walk a little further to Sheerness. I have never actually been to Sheerness having only ever driven through it before. Still, there is usually something of interest to be found in any of the towns and villages along the Thames Estuary. The walk along the coast was pleasant enough, but it was as we…

Mud Ado About Hadham
Mud Ado About Hadham

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Much Hadham is a small quintessentially English village in the Hertfordshire countryside that is slightly west of Stanstead Airport and perhaps, more importantly, the starting point of the first Team South East walk of 2020. The drive there gave us little indication of what the weather might be like for the walk. One minute the sky looked like it was brightening up and the next it would dump several buckets of rain on the windscreen. We had arrived at the High Street in Much Hadham, which was the designated starting point, and had just started to put our boots on when we were treated to another quick shower which prompted…

Dungeness to Rye
Dungeness to Rye

Sunday, 06 October 2019

At 6 am I woke up to the sound of engines starting. Some of my neighbours were moving on. My attention then moved on to the crazed tapping on the roof of ‘Bianca Bongo’. It was raining. Heavily. I had no real timetable this morning. I planned to drive to the car park next to the lighthouse at Dungeness, park up, and then walk to Rye along the beach. I had checked the tide times and knew that the tide would be low and I had also checked that Lydd Range would be closed avoiding another detour. I decided I would stay in my sleeping bag for another hour and…

Folkestone to Dungeness
Folkestone to Dungeness

Saturday, 05 October 2019

It has been five and a half years since I was last at Folkestone. Since then, I had tried a few times to sort out a walk from Folkestone to Rye, but each time I was unable to find affordable accommodation and wild camping options didn’t really appeal to me either. The area around Dungeness is a completely open shingle beach with no shelter from the elements and nowhere private too, well, you know. To make matters worse, EDF, the owners of Dungeness Power Station, now have the Nuclear Police patrol the area and move on anyone that is trying to camp there or overnight in the car parks. So,…

Orchard Pods
Orchard Pods

Saturday, 28 September 2019

After a comfortable night in the Bongo on the Isle of Sheppey, Susan and I made our way over to Queenborough to do a little exploring. It was my first time on Sheppey and I was finding the whole area fascinating. After Queenborough, we made our way around the coast to Sheerness and then on to Minster where we found a nice car park with sea views. The perfect place for tea and cake! Our main aim for the day was to end up at Offham, West Malling. Susan’s work colleagues had booked us a night in a ‘Pod’ as a wedding gift at Orchard Pods. Today was the first…

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