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Rochford

Essex


Slow Ways linking Rochford and Burnham-on-Crouch, Leigh-on-Sea, Rayleigh, South Woodham Ferrers, Southend-on-Sea

England / Essex / Rochford

Rochford’s five Slow Ways are 45% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 3/5
verified: 1/5
and surveyed: 0/5

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Rochford from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Leigh-on-Sea—Rochford
Leiroc one Pioneer me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 85m Descent 80m
Rayleigh—Rochford
Rayroc one Review me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 61m Descent 115m
Rayleigh—Rochford
Rayroc two Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Rochford—Burnham-on-Crouch
Rocbur one Review me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 63m Descent 57m
Rochford—Southend-on-Sea
Rocsou one

Double check Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 24m Descent 46m
Rochford—Southend-on-Sea
Rocsou two Pioneer me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
South Woodham Ferrers—Rochford
Souroc one Pioneer me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 153m Descent 155m

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Collective progress

50% of Rochford’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

7/7

drawn

4/7

reviewed

2/7

surveyed

1/7

verified

6 people have contributed to Rochford’s Slow Ways

4 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Rochford

39km out of 76km have been walked and reviewed

76km of reviews have been shared in Rochford

Latest Updates

I walked in early April on a fine day travelling east-west from Rochford to Rayleigh, I was planning on doing Rayroc one but I checked out the section of Rayroc two where they differ. I liked this section, I could see where paths had been wet previously, as when it was surveyed, but they were dry when I walked and I had no problems. It has more views south over the countryside than the woodland-bound Rayroc one....

James Piers Taylor

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(I also checked out the section of Rayroc one which differs from this route. It seemed good to me, I could see where paths had been wet previously, as when it was surveyed, but they were dry when I walked and I had no problems.)...

James Piers Taylor

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James Piers Taylor took this photo on Rocbur one

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Due to storm damage to the town pontoon the ferry currently leaves from/arrives at Burnham Yacht Harbour rather than Burnham Quay, as shown on the route map - check the exact departure point with the Burnham Harbourmaster (office by the marina jetty). You can use the Malbur one route to get you from the marina to the railway station, or proceed eastwards along the coastal path to reach Burnham Quay; and, 2. Burnham’s town pontoon is due to be replaced in the Summer of 2024, and the ferry should restart using it in 2025 - at which point the Burnham end of the route will be correct and it takes a direct route from the Quay to Burnham railway station. I walked in late March on the first day of the Ferry season in the Burnham to Rochford direction which avoided any fretting about last boat crossings....

James Piers Taylor

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Rayleigh's picture-postcard parish church is near the start and is well-worth a peek (photos 1 & 2) before you head through the outskirts to pick up the path (photos 3 & 4) leading to Hockley Woods....

sherbie

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It’s a delightful quiet green route most of the way, no refreshment stops, so we started with second breakfast at Rayleigh before setting off....

Jane Taylor

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Rayleigh—Rochford

Jane Taylor added Rayroc two, a new walk from Rayleigh to Rochford

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Further north, the bridle path which runs alongside the industrial estate between the river Roche and Tinkers Lane is just clear enough for a baby shetland to pass, but it’s really still crowded by foliage, and we were put off by a possible sighting of giant hogweed, so turned back....

Jane Taylor

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The ferry is an ‘on demand’ licensed one man operation and our experience was not good; we arrived at Wallasea marina at 4.15, we thought that allowed plenty of time, and were very surprised when we called the number provided and were told he’d finished for the day. As we didn’t get the ferry I can’t confirm accuracy, but the route as drawn shows the ferry running to a ferry terminal by the Anchor hotel in Burnham. This is the route marked on Google maps and OS maps! However the advertised ferry route runs to Burnham Yacht Harbour, and this route is marked on Open Street Maps. So I’m inclined to think the route will have to be redrawn at the Burnham end in any case. Anyway after all that I’m flagging this route as a ‘maybe’, and I will try to check the accuracy of the Burnham end in time....

Jane Taylor

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Rochford—Southend-on-Sea

Alex Thornton added Rocsou two, a new walk from Rochford to Southend-on-Sea

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Tony Coates surveyed Rayroc one

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Alex Thornton surveyed Rocsou one

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Footpaths are awful, overgrown, not cleared through farmers fields and large dips and curbs, narrow access making it impossible for wheels. Route is incorrect in two places, trying to use private roads or non existent footpaths...

Alex Thornton

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Rochford

QueenofRochford surveyed Rochford

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Leigh-on-Sea—Rochford

Tony Gordon added Leiroc one, a new walk from Leigh-on-Sea to Rochford

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Rayleigh—Rochford

Tony Gordon added Rayroc one, a new walk from Rayleigh to Rochford

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Rochford—Burnham-on-Crouch

Slow Ways added Rocbur one, a new walk from Rochford to Burnham-on-Crouch

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Rochford—Southend-on-Sea

Slow Ways added Rocsou one, a new walk from Rochford to Southend-on-Sea

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South Woodham Ferrers—Rochford

Slow Ways added Souroc one, a new walk from South Woodham Ferrers to Rochford

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Rochford, Sat 22 June

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Rochford’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ8731990460

Lat / Lon

51.58187° / 0.70225°

Easting / Northing

587,319E / 190,460N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Rochford's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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