Wed 09 May 2018 19:00According to the Domesday Book in 1086 there was just one Fambridge once - "Fanbruge" meaning bridge by a fen. Over time the bridge (probably a causeway of some kind) disappeared and two villages of North and South Fambridge popped up. I'm in North Fambridge today - I'm not sure if there's much in South Fambridge at all, but I will probably find out one day.
North Fambridge is an odd place - a very quiet village off the main road between South Woodham Ferrers and Burnham-on-Crouch, with its own railway station no doubt keeping house prices nice and high, although you feel like many of the stations axed by Beeching in the 1960s were busier than this one.
I've parked up in front of the North Fambridge Yacht Club, and tried to get lunch in there, but they're under new management and have a severely restricted menu. Boo. I decide to walk out and head past the Ferry Boat Inn, which was owned by former Arsenal player Ray Parlour until last year.
Past the pub and up to the coast, which forms part of the new Saltmarsh Coast trail. Someone should have checked the spelling of "Burnham" in their shiny new signs though ...
Most of my walk today takes me through the Blue House Farm nature reserve. I don't see a lot of nature, but then thankfully I don't see a lot of other people either.
Afterwards I headed back to the Ferry Boat Inn for a really poor bacon baguette for lunch. I should have tried the yacht club after all ...
Article written Wed 09 May 2018 19:00, last modified Tue 15 May 2018 19:30