Stroll around Althorne
PUBLISHED: 12:21 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:21 07 October 2014
Take in the sights and sounds of this charming part of the county with a quiet and peaceful walk down by the river around the village of Althorne
1 From the village hall car park, turn left along the road and proceed to the end where you turn left at the T-junction towards Burnham. Cross over the road and use the pavement and after about 200 metres, opposite Lamberts, take the footpath on the right (to Hermans) along a wide stony track. Further down go through a metal swing gate on the right and follow the grass path down towards the river with the hedgerow on your left. Enjoy the distant views of the River Crouch and surrounding countryside. Proceed through a shady section of the path and emerge along by a large crop field. Continue to the wooden gate by the railway line.
2 Cross the railway line with care and continue between the fence lines and then between the creek and the lagoons to the river. The path turns sharp right and runs parallel with the river, where a variety of boats are moored. Continue to the Marina and the caravan site. Go to the stile at the end of the Marina and here you turn right up a dusty track. At the junction of tracks, proceed straight on along the main track to the railway crossing at Althorne Station.
3 The route continues up a lane for about half a mile to the top by the war memorial by the main road. Turn right using the pavement on the other side of the road. Proceed to the church sign where you turn left along a footpath taking you to St Andrew’s parish church of Althorne. Go round the church to the far corner of the churchyard where you cross a little planked bridge onto a short stony path. At the end, turn right along the wide track taking you to the road. The Village Hall where you started is directly opposite.