Three-in-One Walk around Old Hall Marshes Nature Reserve

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You can vary this walk in a number of ways. We parked at the RSPB car park (free and open to the public), which is at the end of a long, narrow lane and involves going through gates. It is also possible to park opposite the church at Salcott-cum-Virley, but there is limited parking here and implies that you have to include the extension mentioned in the walk details, which of course means a slightly longer walk, whichever you choose.

Old Hall Marshes are mentioned in the Domesday manuscript and were once owned by Adeliza, sister of William the Conqueror. They are on a peninsula bounded by Salcott Channel, the North Sea and the estuary of the River Blackwater. The whole area is now a nature reserve and attracts an enormous variety of birds, particularly waders and other sea birds. Among those we saw or were told were in the area on the day we prepared the walk were curlews, sandpipers, plovers, marsh harriers and a spoonbill. Given the level nature of this walk it affords the most outstanding views along the entire route and in this respect, rivals many of the mountain walks we have experienced.

England - East England - Essex - Coast


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, River, Sea, Wildlife
8/23/2015 - David Yarwood

Excellent walk. Flat, but far from uninteresting. Constantly changing views, big skies and lots of wading birds to see. Remarkable sense of isolation though never out of sight of human habitations. A walk to repeat and enjoy at different states of tide and in different seasons.