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|Wat Tyler Country Park|
|Author: Claire, Published: 13 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 1.5 mile circular easy access walk around Wat Tyler Country Park near Basildon in Essex. Once a Victorian and Edwardian explosives factory, today the site is 125 acres of diverse habitats including meadows, hedgerows, blast mounds, tidal waterways, reed beds and marshes. This short, easy access trail takes in a number of the key features including the wildlife garden, bird hides, viewing platform, miniature railway, marina and sculptures, but there are plenty of other quieter paths should you wish to extend the walk. |
The park is open daily 9am to 5pm (Nov-Mar) and 9am to 6pm (Apr-Oct). The walk is generally flat with only a few gentle slopes. The majority of the paths are compacted stone, tarmac or boardwalks, with a couple of sections of grass paths that are generally firm but can get muddy after periods of rain. There are a couple of flights of steps, but these can easily be avoided meaning that the walk would be suitable for rugged pushchairs and disability buggies in the drier months. There are toilets and a cafe within the visitor centre at the start of the walk. Allow 1 hour.
Wat Tyler Country Park is located just south of the A13, near Pitsea in Essex. If you are coming by car, leave the A13 at the Pitsea exit and head south on Pitsea Hall Lane. Continue over the mini-roundabout and pass Pitsea rail station. The post code SS16 4UH will take you to this point. From the station, continue south and at the Y-junction, take the right-hand branch through the park entrance. Follow the access lane through the park (passing the Green Centre) all the way down to the RSPB visitor centre and main visitor centre, the Wat Tyler Centre. Park in the free car park alongside this. If you are coming by bus or train, alight at Pitsea rail station and walk south along the lane for about 1 mile to reach the Wat Tyler Centre where the walk begins.
|Start to Psychedelic Benches|
Start point: 51.5483 lat, 0.5054 long
Begin the walk in the main car park, standing with your back to the main entrance for the Wat Tyler Centre, visitor centre and cafe. Turn right along the paved walkway, with the car park to your left. Pass the RSPB visitor centre on your right (well worth a visit) and walk ahead into the RSPB Wildlife Garden. Go straight on, following the line of the fence on your right.
|Psychedelic Benches to Kestrel Hide|
Start point: 51.5504 lat, 0.5048 long
Bear slightly right at this point, to join the main grass avenue leading you between two square embankments of trees (the remnants of old industrial buildings – more about that later). At the end of the grass clearing, join the surfaced footpath which begins ahead. The path leads you past a pond on your left and on between hedgerows.
|Kestrel Hide to Central Crossroads|
Start point: 51.5507 lat, 0.5004 long
The Kestrel Hide is a great place to pause and enjoy some bird watching over the tidal Timberman’s Creek. When the tide is low, you are likely to see lots of wading birds digging into the mud banks and feasting on the worms and shellfish. Barn owls are also a fairly common sight here.
|Central Crossroads to Washing Bowl|
Start point: 51.5486 lat, 0.5014 long
Turn right to join another wide grass ride signed towards the Marina. Take time to enjoy the views which have opened up ahead and to your right. On a clear day these stretch for miles. On your right you will pass a large metal sculpture of a woodlouse. Soon afterwards on your left you will come to an old World War II brick pillbox. This has been converted with a set of steps to make an excellent viewing platform.
|Washing Bowl to End|
Start point: 51.5453 lat, 0.5023 long
Continue beyond the washing bowl, heading for the pylon ahead, passing a car park on your left. Enter the grass area in front of the pylon. On the left you will see the terminus for the miniature railway, which runs in the spring and summer months. Just after this you will see another pillbox, topped with an ornate compass. This makes another good viewing point, to enjoy the views along the creek and the marina activity.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 13 Feb 2016
Bobbie enjoyed visiting the viewing point on top of the WWII pill box....
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 13 Feb 2016
The park has some great sculptures. Not sure that we saw them all..
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