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Two Tree island walk 2nd April 2016 - a 9.5 mile walk.

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On a nice April day we decided to head south east to the lovely two tree island, it lies north-east of Canvey Island and south-west of Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. It is connected to the mainland at Leigh by a bridge. Its run now by the Essex Wildlife trust and is a haven for water foul and you will find many species on the rich mud flats that surround the island. parking is not a problem and around the island is a pathway and its dead flat so makes for easy walking, you will get a good breeze running down the Thames estuary so wrap up warm. Having walked around the island we walked towards Leigh-on-sea passing the busy train station, this runs all the way into London,s Fenchurch street station so you could easily get a train in and start the walk from there. You will soon find yourselves walking on the Saffron Trail a long distance pathway that is 71miles long running from Southend to Saffron Walden, I fancy this walk so we will try to pencil it in.

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Hadleigh castle

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You will find the ruins of the castle after climbing a short bank, with splendid views over looking the estuary and surrounding area. Hadleigh Castle in the English county of Essex overlooks the Thames estuary from a ridge to the south of the town of Hadleigh. Built after 1215 during the reign of Henry III by Hubert de Burgh, the castle was surrounded by parkland and had an important economic, as well as defensive role. Hadleigh was significantly expanded and remodelled by Edward III, who turned it into a grander property, designed to defend against potential French attack as well as provide the King with a convenient private residence close to London.
its a small world as just the other week we found, by accident, the tomb of William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army, this time we found ourselves on a farm he purchased way back in 1891. it has a rare breeds centre, coffee shop and also sits next to Hadleigh park that was the setting for the Mountain biking in the 2012 olympics. Also by the park on route you will find a reconstructed iron age roundhouse, you can enter the grounds but the house was not open.

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As you walk from the hills near the Farm you will soon cross the main line to Fenchurch street, don’t panic there is a nice crossing to get you safely across. Then you head along Hadleigh ray an estuary filled with wildlife, its here we spotted a Marsh Harrier the first we have ever seen. The marsh harriers are birds of prey of the harrier subfamily. They are medium-sized raptors and the largest and broadest-winged harriers. Most of them are associated with marshland and dense reedbeds.
A great walk this one and if you finish early you can head to Southend just a few miles away. A lovely walk of about 9.5 miles however apart for one steepish hill it made for easy walking.