The Essex Way Sponsored Walk – stage one

We are walking the Essex Way backwards - so we began at the plaque that marks the end of the path...

We are walking the Essex Way backwards – so we began at the plaque that marks the end of the path…

The plaque is on an old lighthouse at Harwich, built in 1818.

The plaque is on an old lighthouse at Harwich.

Claire at the start!

Claire at the start!

Fiona at the start!

Fiona at the start!

The Essex Way is well sign posted - we spot the first one...

The Essex Way is well sign posted – we spot the first one…

Lots of people out enjoying the morning sunshine, some opening up their beach huts as we walked past.

Lots of people out enjoying the morning sunshine, some opening up their beach huts as we walked past.

Loved the old lighthouses.

Loved the old lighthouses.

Turning away from the beach and crossing marshland.

Turning away from the beach and crossing marshland.

Following the path markers...

Following the path markers…

Found a pub and stopped for a liquid lunch :)

Found a pub and stopped for a liquid lunch 🙂

Muddy walk through the woods next.

Muddy walk through the woods next.

Found the next one!

Found the next one!

Pretty streams running through the wood to cross.

Pretty streams running through the wood to cross.

Woods opening out to the River Stour - beautiful area.

Woods opening out to the River Stour – beautiful area.ew23

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Made it! Eight miles done, time to catch the train back to the car in Harwich.

Made it! Eight miles done, time to catch the train back to the car in Harwich.

Muddy new boots.

Muddy new boots.

Loved every minute, beautiful weather and scenery – brilliant start to the challenge 🙂

If you would like to sponsor us on our walks as we raise money for the Willow Foundation we would be very grateful – you can do it here: FUNDRAISING PAGE

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