Tuesday 17th July 6-8.30pm
Orsett Fen – Where does your jam sandwich come from?
There was fenland in Thurrock into the 1960s, and this walk visits the last to survive, Orsett Fen, and its near neighbours Bulphan and Stringcock fens. Today, this is highly productive agricultural land, with large arable fields producing a variety of foods for the nation’s tables. But even now, there is a sense of loneliness as you walk through the landscape, the low Essex ridges, although distant, seeming to cut you off from the wider world. There will be artisan bread and jam to sample.
- Registration: 5.45 p.m
- Walk starts: 6.00 p.m
- Meet: Orsett Church, High Road, Orsett RM16 3ER
- Walk ends: 8.30 p.m. Orsett Church
Duration: 2.5 hours
Distance: 5 miles
Grading: Difficult – the field crossings require a good level of physical fitness.
Walk Leader: Peter Aylmer
See the route map here:
Nearest Train Station: Stanford-le-Hope, three miles; buses from Grays, four miles
Park considerately in the streets around the church.
This walk is not accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The walk crosses arable fields, in some of which the farmer has not left a clear line for the right of way; even where there is a clear line, the going is often rough under foot.
Thurrock 100 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.
Walk leaders will be at the start of the walk regardless of the weather. In the unlikely event of any unforeseen circumstances, Kinetika reserve the right to change or cancel a walk and/or performance. Please check the website regularly for any updates or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
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. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
What to bring
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 for Thurrock 100 Recipes 2018 here: Thurrock 100 Recipes 2018 flyer