Thorpe-le-Soken - Landermere - Beaumont Quay - Thorpe-le-Soken

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Thorpe-le-Soken - Landermere - Beaumont Quay - Beaumont-cum-Moze - Thorpe-le-Soken

Starting in Thorpe-le-Soken, which is also the starting point for another of our walks, you use mainly farmland paths to visit Landermere and Beaumont-cum-Moze before returning to Thorpe. There are excellent views over the Walton Backwaters and Hamford Water at a number of points along the route and you can enjoy a very pleasant stretch along a creek which at one time was regularly in use by Thames sailing barges. The famous remains of one of these craft ('Rose') can be seen on the walk at Beaumont Quay.

This quay, now disused, was built of stone recycled from the old London Bridge. You will also see an interesting row of cottages. One of these is the former home of Sir William Gull. Born in a barge at St Osyth he later became physician to Queen Victoria. He is also credited with curing Prince Albert of typhus. However, his memory is not entirely without mystery; many believe he was the original Jack the Ripper. The date of his death is disputed and some believe that the large grave in Thorpe in which he and his wife are said to be buried, may contain the remains of at least one other person.

Another interesting fact about the row of cottages in which Gull lived as a young man, is that a contemporary, a giant of a man, took advantage of his great height to travel the world as a form of entertainment or peep-show and would shake hands with people in the upstairs rooms of the cottages through the open windows as he passed.

England - East England - Essex - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Sea, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
09/02/2016 - Alan and Jackie Bennett

Walked Sunday 7/2/16. Rather windy and it is exposed in places but excellent directions and some great views. Thorpe Le Soken has 3/4 great pubs. We chose The Bell that we would thoroughly recommend. Good VFM and great service.

09/04/2006 - Peter Bell

Hi Chris, completed this walk 8/4/06 and what a great walk this is. The views over Hamford water are excellent and stay with you for a lot of this walk. I sat on the seat under the tree as described in the text, for lunch. What a view - the sun was out, blue sky ,white clouds, it don't get any better than this. It's true the best things in life are free. Nice one Brian & Anne. Will keep coming back to this walk, fantastic, best wishes Peter.