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Burham Marsh

Updated: Apr 22, 2023

One evening, as I stepped out of my door, the shelf on the door suddenly gave way. As it did so, I tumbled out and scraped my legs as they dropped between the metal step, which in turn, flipped and trapped my legs. It hurt! I had difficulty standing for a couple of minutes.

I don’t tend to lean on the shelf, but some do. What must’ve happened was that the shelf fixing had been weakened over a period of time. The scary thing is that my mum had recently been in my caravan. The shelf could easily have broke away as she alighted! That would have been horrendous!

Common Primrose

One day, the Sun came out and the temperature rose. With such a beautiful day, it was time to go for a walk. I decided to wander down for a stroll along the bank of the River Medway. It turned out to be a bit of a romp, not too strenuous, but I hadn’t walked for a bit.

I walked down and across a couple of fields towards the river.

I then crossed some waste ground.

A cement factory once occupied the ground. The old factory road leads to a lake of some sort. However, just before the lake, the way is barred by a high fence and gates with loads of warning signs attached.

I had to turn around. The waste ground is evidently being used by people on trails bikes.

I came across another old road. A little explore, revealed a path through some shrubland,

which took me to the river.

I then followed another path that took me back to the old road.

En route, I found an old rusty gate buried among some Goat Willow.

I soon found myself back on the old road. The road bypassed a cement factory. Just before the entrance to the factory is an old gate with a pedestrian access point.

Through the gate, Burham Down comes into view.

Once past the factory, I found another footpath leading towards the river.

The first thing I saw as I reached the river was a pile of waste plastic.

Once I reached the river, I followed a footpath along an embankment that crosses Burham Marsh.

The riverside is covered in Common Reed.

I followed the river past a hairpin bend.

Nearby is the old redundant 12th.c St. Mary’s church.

The view across the marsh to Wouldham Down

I came across a large stone with an inscription carved upon it.

‘This stone commemorates the Battle of the Medway in 43 when a Roman army crossed the river and defeated the British tribes under Caratacus’

Views across the marsh to Burham Down

and Blue Bell Hill

View along the river to the new settlement of Peter Village

I then picked up a footpath back towards Burham.

View looking back to the hairpin bend of the river (note the rubbish in the foreground)

Soon, home was in site.

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