This is a walk around SS17: Stanford-Le-Hope, Corringham, Fobbing and Mucking, an area full of history, natural beauty, and also reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the country!
Beginning at Hardie Park, you head south to the Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, with superb views over Mucking Flats and the Thames Estuary. You then cross the railway and head east, past the site of Ivy Walls House, a 15th century farmhouse demolished in the 1920s, where the novelist Joseph Conrad lived in the 1890s. You then head north east, past Corringham Hall and on to Fobbing, home of Thomas Baker, one of the leaders of the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381. After crossing Fobbing Wharf and the route of the Corringham Light Railway, you head west, skirting Corringham and back to Stanford, (this was the location where in 2015 walkers were greeted with a celebratory event in Hardie Park.)
You don’t need to walk the full route (around 10 miles) if you don’t want to – there are a series of pick up/drop off points clearly indicated for each walk which are in green below. The original approx walk timings are below for your reference. The main points are:
10.00 Depart from Hardie Park.
11.30 Visit the new Essex Wildlife Trust Thameside Nature Park on the restored landfill site with fantastic views towards London Gateway Port.
13.00 Potential refreshment stop at the historic St Margaret’s Church, Stanford Le Hope (5 miles)
13.30 Walk through the marsh landscape towards Corringham.
14.30 Visit East Thurrock Football Club and the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Fobbing. (7.5 miles)
15.30 Arrive at the White Lion, Fobbing (8 miles) (do you know about Fobbing’s connection to the Peasant Revolt and its historic link to the Thames?) Here you can also visit the legendary fairy garden before heading back to Stanford Le Hope.
16.30 Arrive back at Hardie Park.
Download the schedule and map here.
Hardie Park, Stanford-le-Hope SS17 0PB.
Stanford-le-Hope station car park or King Street car park.
Please download the map above for more detail on which parts of the route are most accessible. Blue routes have been identified as most likely to be suitable for wheelchairs users and buggies, taking into account the quality, gradient and availability of dropped kerbs on the path.
Whilst we endeavour to make all our walks as safe and enjoyable as possible, any walk attended is done so at your own risk. Due care has been exercised in organising the walks however Thurrock Council and associated sponsors accept no liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes.
You need to choose walks within your capabilities; and if not on one of the Thurrock 100 guided walks, you should consider walking with a friend.
Equipment and Clothing
This walk originally took place on Sunday 12 Jul 2015.