Doug and I went on another walk at the weekend, once again in Essex, this time we walked from Southminster to Burnham-on-Crouch. The weather forecast was for 100% cloudy skies, but it’d been a few days since the last walk, so we set off anyway.
The predicted cloud overlay the landscape, when we disembarked at Southminster station, but a strong wind had picked up and the clouds were racing across the sky. The sun occasionally broke through, creating huge contrasts between light and dark, way more than any sensor could handle – challenging exposure decisions would have to be made.
After an hour or two, we were in the flat, open farmland at the eastern end of the Dengie peninsula and the cloud had broken up. There was glorious sunshine and dramatic skies. Things had definitely taken a turn for the better. Once on the banks of the Crouch, we were directly under a bank of low cloud with a strong, low sun creating a dramatic scene. Unfortunately, we were only just over halfway along the walk, so we had to move on after shooting only a few photos.
When we arrived in Burnham, we popped into a rather good pub for a pint, which ended up costing us more time as we stayed for another, and then another. When we left, it was starting to get dark, but we pressed on, We ended up stumbling through a muddy field in total darkness, so when we hit a road, about 1/2Km short of the end point, we headed back into Burnham and back to the pub for a final pint.
The route is once again from the Essex Pub Walks web site and can be viewed here. The Backtrack D-Tour somehow managed to lose the stored route when I attempted to download it, so it there’s no map link for this walk.
You can view the day’s gallery here.
posted on 23 January 2012