January Blues Away - River Crouch ramble, Essex
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Join us for this bracing January linear walk along the River Crouch to blow those post-festivity cobwebs away. If you're a regular ODL walker or new to the group, at just under 9 miles this is an ideal walk as it's a station to station start with regular trains to and from London if you're looking for a day out of the city.
As with all of my walks i'll be following my 3 golden rules of a day walk with Sharpie:
1. It'll be at a pace to suit everyone
2. There'll be some lovely scenery and countryside to enjoy
3. There'll be a pub at the end
If you're new to OutdoorLads a list of 'what to bring' and travel details are in the sections below and you're welcome to ask any questions you may have by getting touch with me via the website.
Is it dog friendly? Yes!! 4 legged friends are welcome but please abide by the Countryside Code (https://tinyurl.com/rlqvp3h) and please remember, not everyone loves dogs as much as you do so please be mindful of other members.
Photo usage credits. (All images sourced as licenced for re-use in Google Images)
The River Crouch (credit Flickr user Sludge G - labelled for reuse).jpg
North Fambirdge (Taken from Geograph Website - Copyright Chris and labeled for reuse under Creative Commons).jpg
Burham on Crouch (Taken from Geograph website - Copyright Bob Jones and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.).jpg
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters and a dry pair for the end if you get wet
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch and snacks - you may also want a small thermos with a warm drink.