Have You Seen Your Shadow?

The time had come again for me to take off for 10 days and get my walk back under way for this year. I have planned two for this year, adding up to almost three weeks of adventurous exploration as I walked the coastlines and beyond. 

But, this is what I saw for much of my walk this time!

Walking is defined as therapeutic by many people I have talked with regarding my adventures. An interesting word and how it relates to your own life. It’s said that a good walk can do wonders for mental and emotional strength. Taking photographs when I walk to help commemorate what and where I have been is a highlight as well, but as you can see, there is no reflection possible here nor anything much to share!

I began my walks years ago, as a means to simply enjoy nature but when my wife passed on, my life was ripped out from under me. Walking, then became my escape from reality and the catharsis, from my emotional despair. Walking has been my release in life, while building my self esteem and I have become a different person, with more ambition for life, than I was several years ago.

Now, that my life has become almost whole again, let me tell you that walking here is a challenge and where my path took me is not meant for photographs or the light of heart. Oh, reflections? I have not yet learned how to see it in muddy pathways! This is exactly what you will find in Essex, unless you catch the tide just right.

Maybe I should explain by sharing the history there to be found, beginning back in Canvey Island during it’s 1954 disaster. Canvey Island is a civil parish and reclaimed island in the Thames estuary in Essex, England. It has an area of 7.12 square miles and a population of 38,170. It is separated from the mainland of south Essex by a network of creeks. Wikipedia 

Devastation on England’s east coast, was the worst natural disaster Britain experienced

 during the 20th century. 

Photograph courtesy of: https://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/news/previous.html

A monstrous tidal wave struck the low lying homes on England’s east coast, taking the lives of 307 people and leaving 40,000 completely homeless. It is reported that is was due to a lack of preparedness that caused this horrid devastation, plus the disaster response team was headed up by the community who did most of he research and rescue before they received help from the central government.

There were 13,000 people evacuated from their homes on January 31, 1954 after floodwaters inundated the island. Parts of the reclaimed island in the Thames estuary lie below sea level, meaning the town must be ever-vigilant against the threat from the sea

Taking you the direction in which I walked, first up would be Gravesend, where I took a ferry across the water to Tilbury. But first, I would like to share with you an exciting fact, which I am in the process of tracing now. I had learned sometime back that my great grandmother was related to Rebecca Rolfe, and it’s likely not a name most of us know, but how about the name, Pocahontas? Yes, she may be an ancestor of mine and finding out more of my own history is quite exciting! Watch later for an update to follow!

Gravesend /ˌɡreɪvzˈɛnd/ is an ancient town in northwest Kent, England, situated 21 miles (35 km) east-southeast of Charing Cross (central London) on the south bank of the Thames Estuary and opposite Tilbury in Essex. Located in the diocese of Rochester, it is the administrative centre of the Borough of Gravesham.

Here is where I caught the ferry to Tilbury and began my journey walking along pathways I had not been before and a town where you can find much history. It is also the town where Pocahontas was laid to rest.

The port of London has increasingly shifted eastward from London’s original Dockland in the East End to deep water on the lower Thames at Tilbury, where it is famous for it’s docks constructed in 1884-86. Of course, as years passed on, the docks have been rebuilt, new engineered designs completed and extensively modernized by the Port of London Authority, Tilbury, has become the principal container port of the Port of London. It’s design to embark or disembark passengers at any stage of the tide.

One of the oldest and most exciting attractions in Essex, is the Tilbury-Gravesend ferry.

My next stop was Canvey Island, but I have already shared it with you. Although tragedy struck this area in 1954, it has much to offer the tourist. While mud did not allow you to see your reflections that dreadful day, today the clear waters surround this area of beauty, where you can now see your reflections in the water.

Last up…Southend-On-Sea, is a resort town on the Thames Estuary in Essex, southeast England. I stayed in a splendid Bed and Breakfast and found comfort at the end of each days walk. Essex, being one of the largest counties in England is a must see as there are many historic and otherwise grand locations to visit. There is a long pier that’s serviced by a small train and even has a museum at the end of the shore. The busy area offers tourist many fun activities for the family, to include the Adventure Island, amusement park which includes exhibits, rides and water slides. The Cliff Lift, a century-old funicular, clings to the hillside and offers coastal views. Sea Life Adventure aquarium is home to otters, clownfish and the turtle.

Now this, is worth the walk through the mud to get here, just spend time on the  sandy beaches and adventures, in a truly resort town! Pictured here is the pristine waters and amusement park alongside of this long pier. This photograph, is shared from mirror.co.uk. 

Southend-on-Sea, commonly referred to as simply Southend, is a town and wider unitary authority area with borough status in southeastern Essex, England. It is home to the longest leisure pier in the world, Southend Pier. Now, home again via Shoeburyness, to rest up before taking my next adventuresome walk, where life’s steps give you the strength to enjoy each new day!


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Until We Meet Again!,


Chris Ambrose, Author 

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No matter what Life throws at you, 

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