Thu 19 Apr 2018 14:00Wallasea Island is such a rare find - a place in Essex which is properly deserted. I mean really deserted.
I decided to drive down on the hottest day of the year so far, in the middle of the rush hour - what better place and time to find somewhere where you can't see another person or hear another car? Hopefully I'm not jinxing it by writing this!
My walk took me from the car park along the north side of the island, along the river Crouch with Burnham on the other side. You can just about hear the hubbub from the town for a short while.
Wallasea Island was flooded around 10 years ago to provide wetlands and mudflats for what I can only assume are millions of birds, judging by the noise they made from a good couple of miles away.
Over 4 million tons of earth was taken from Crossrail excavations and dumped on the island, part of which made the raised pathway I was walking on. The only signs of life for miles was the conveyor train used to distribute the earth - currently appearing as if it was abandoned.
There is a sign saying Old School House which piqued my curiosity a little bit. A school was opened here in 1879 when the population of the island was about 135, but it only lasted 20 years. I couldn't imagine any old buildings left on here - and I was right. There's just a odd-shaped shelter at the end of the road.
The tide was out so I had a chance to jump onto the mudflats to see a couple of signs I don't normally see. Luckily I didn't sink.
Article written Thu 19 Apr 2018 14:00, last modified Tue 15 May 2018 10:30