Davy Down and the Mardyke Way to Bulphan
This walk happened on Mon 8th July 12.30-5.30pm but you could follow it yourself using the information below.
Walk 3 of T100 Welcome to the Kitchen Table
The day originally began with a delicious taster menu at the La Tasca Lakeside, which is a genuine Spanish Tapas Bar & Restaurant situated on the boardwalk at intu Lakeside. We heard from the chefs and spent time creatively exploring their recipes.
The walk itself starts at Chafford Hundred station and then meanders through the area using hidden off-road paths. Walk either around the top of Chafford Gorge Nature Park or stroll down into the gorge past the lake. This nature park which was created from former quarries now provides an important habitat to a huge variety of wildlife including orchids, kingfishers and reptiles.
Leaving Chafford Hundred the route crosses the A13 on a pedestrian-only bridge to North Stifford, passing a cricket pitch and thatched cottages. The walk continues alongside the River Mardyke. Despite being close to urban areas and busy roads this is a quiet, peaceful route with only occasional buildings in the far distance. Continue along the Mardyke valley and Orsett Fen to the lovely village of Bulphan.
- 12.30 pm Original Meeting Point: La Tasca, Unit 6, The Boardwalk Lakeside Shopping Centre RM20 2ZP
- 1.45 pm Registration for walk at Chafford Hundred Station, Grays RM16 6QQ
- 2.00 pm Walk starts
- 2.30 – 3.30 pm Break at Chafford Gorges. (Option to return to Chafford Hundred at this point)
- 5.30 pm Walk ends at Bulphan Village Hall
- Duration: 3.5 hours (not inc lunchtime at La Tasca)
- Distance: 7.3 miles
- Grading: Moderate
- Terrain: Pavements and countryside footpaths, uneven ground. This walk is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs between Intu Lakeside and Chafford Hundred. It is not accessible between Chafford Hundred and Bulphan.
- Please note the nearest train station is West Horndon, approximately 2.5 miles from Bulphan. Anyone walking to the station will do so at their own risk as we cannot provide a walk leader.
Many thanks to the original walk leaders: Lesley Robinson and Aisling Woodhead
Directions and travel info to intu Lakeside are on their WEBSITE
Nearest train station at the start: C2C Chafford Hundred, Grays RM16 6QQ
Nearest train station at the end: C2C West Horndon, Brentwood CM13 3TZ, approximately 2.5 miles walk from Bulphan Village.
At intu Lakeside the nearest car park to the Boardwalk is Car Park D.
Car park in Bulphan: Bulphan Village Hall, Church Rd, Bulphan, Upminster RM14 3RU
Most Thurrock buses pass through Lakeside.
This walk is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs between Intu Lakeside and Chafford Hundred. It is not accessible between Chafford Hundred and Bulphan. Terrain: Pavements and countryside footpaths, uneven ground.
T100 walks are of different lengths and on different terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and others mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven. If this walk doesn’t suit you, there is probably another one that will.
You need to choose walks within your capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take your word that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen.
Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however Kinetika, the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes, especially unsupervised. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
What to take
Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything!
Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear- best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home. Make sure you bring a packed lunch, if necessary, and plenty to drink.
We will be taking photographs and video of this event to promote and celebrate the project in print and online. If you do not give consent to be photographed or filmed, that’s absolutely fine, please let a member of the Kinetika team know on the day.
Download the flyer here: T100 2019 FLYER
Thurrock 100 would like to extend a huge thank you to its funders and delivery partners.