WELCOME TO BURNHAM-ON-CROUCH

Burnham-on-Crouch is a historic maritime town located on the Dengie Peninsula and is known for Burnham Week, which is one of the longest running annual regattas on UK mainland. This charming town is home to rich heritage, a picturesque waterfront, independently owned cafés and restaurants, a historic cinema, four sailing and yacht clubs, excellent museums, and numerous walking routes for you to enjoy. Burnham-on-Crouch is a renowned yachting centre and is also known for its oyster beds and boat building.

HISTORY OF BURNHAM-ON-CROUCH

The town of Burnham-on-Crouch was inhabited thousands of years ago, and archaeological evidence indicates that it was inhabited in the Bronze and Iron Age, as well as the time of Roman Occupation. Red hills have also been found a distance inland and date back to this period. These hills were formed over generations as a result of the byproducts of saltmaking. Their colour is derived from coarse pottery vessels, ash and soil reddened by the heat of fires used to evaporate sea water to produce salt cakes. Several other red hills have been found in the Dengie Peninsula, and one has been recorded up to 5km from the current shoreline.

Very little is known about Burnham-on-Crouch until the Domesday Book of 1086 and the town's name means 'settlement by the stream'. This doesn't refer to the River Crouch, but to the original settlement which centred around a small stream nearly a mile inland. By 1840, a separate village was expanding on the banks of the River Crouch, and later the two communities eventually expanded and merged. In 1253, the Market Charter was granted to the Lord of the Manor of Burnham and largely marks the beginning of Burnham-on-Crouch as a town.

By the end of the thirteenth century, a highly profitable fishery was operating from the town. From this period and until the late nineteenth century, the main industry was fishing, sea trade and oyster breeding. In 1889, the railway came to Burnham-on-Crouch and was built by the Great Eastern Railway. The early twentieth century saw the origins of the Burnham Carnival which began on 5th November 1909 with a bonfire and a torchlight procession. The Burnham Carnival has now been running for over a hundred years and is always on the last Saturday in September.

MAIN WALKING ROUTES

Burnham High Street

DISCOVER BURNHAM-ON-CROUCH WALK (2 MILES)

Follow the Green path to discover the main attractions of this historic maritime town. The route takes you from the Saltmarsh Hub along the quay, heading past Riverside Park, the RNLI lifeboat station, the Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum, the town pontoon, numerous places to eat and drink, and the town's four sailing and yacht clubs. Heading off from the quay, the route then takes you up Belvedere Road and then round to the High Street.

There are more shops, cafés and restaurants along the High Street for you to explore. Continuing along the High Street, turn right down Chapel Road, where you will pass the Town Council Office. After a hundred yards, you will see former fishermen's cottages, then continue along the road before turning right down Whitney Road. At the end of this road, you will see Granville Terrace which has the longest single span wooden roof in Essex, and these fishermen's cottages were built in 1891.

Head back down Whitney Road and Chapel Road to make a right onto the High Street, passing the town's war memorial. After going past Burnham Baptist Church on the right, cross over the road to make a left down Coronation Road, where you can then make your way back to the quay.

BURNHAM-ON-CROUCH TO CREEKSEA WALK ALONG THE SEA WALL AND RETURNING THROUGH RIVERSIDE PARK (4.25 MILES)

Follow the Red Path along the High Street and Station Road, passing the library on your left and then the United Reformed Church. Turn left before reaching the Co-op, heading down Foundry Lane. The road eventually borders the park, and after half a mile it makes a sharp left as it heads towards Burnham Marina. Instead of continuing round the bend, head onto the footpath off to the right. This path soon runs parallel with the railway line for a quarter of a mile.

At the end of the field, turn left away from the railway line, continuing around the edge of the field. Heading past Creeksea Place Barns on your right, ignore the entrance to the caravan park, and after 100 yards, you will head right onto the waymarked footpath which heads away from the field. Follow this narrow, fenced path until you reach a track, where you will go diagonally right, crossing a stile on the left of the track. Take the footpath for 150 yards across the meadow, and there will be a wooden fence to your left.

You will head over another stile and track, taking the footpath which heads in the same direction that goes along the left side of another meadow. Heading past the gate, lead onto a narrow, fenced footpath which passes several houses on the left. Crossing the drive, head over another stile on the left, where you soon reach the river. Turn left to walk along the sea wall and continue for over half a mile. Then turn left along the sea wall path to follow the edge of the marina, heading past the RNLI station.

Heading around the marina, you will soon reach the footpath on the eastern side. The path will eventually turn left away from the marina to head alongside the River Crouch. You will soon pass Riverside Park, several houseboats and the Crouch Yacht Club. After passing the Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum, the path twists and turns and you will pass a boatyard and the town's war memorial.

Continue along the quay, heading past the Old White Harte hotel, the Anchor Hotel and the Royal Burnham Yacht Club. After 120 yards past this yacht club, the path takes a right hand bend as it approaches the Royal Corinthian. Turn left here, continue onto Belvedere Road for 150 yards, then turn left onto the High Street. Passing the iconic Clock Tower on your left, continue along the High Street to reach your starting point.
Creeksea
Burnham-on-Crouch Quay
Burnham-on-Crouch Train Station
Exploring the Saltmarsh Coast

TAKE THE TRAIN TO ALTHORNE OR NORTH FAMBRIDGE AND RETURN BY FOOT ALONG THE SEA WALL (5 MILES FROM ALTHORNE OR 9 MILES FROM NORTH FAMBRIDGE)

Take the train to North Fambridge from Burnham-on-Crouch and after arriving at the station, walk down Station Approach and turn left onto Fambridge Road. Continue for a quarter of a mile and before the road makes a sharp right, continue straight ahead onto the gravel track. Walking ahead, you will see the sign for the Blue House Farm Nature Reserve. Continue through the two gates, going to the right of the barn. Heading along the right hand edge of the field, you will cross a stile on your right and then take the footpath which joins from the right.

Head towards the large building which is Kennett's Farm, and follow the path as it curves left, then go ahead in the direction of the waymarker, now following the left hand edge of the next field. Passing over the stile at the side of Kennett's Farm, take the footpath as it turns right to go around the back of the Ferry Boat Inn. When you reach the lane, turn left and ascend the grassy bank, passing the front of the pub. Cross the Fambridge Yacht Station entrance and continue ahead on the path to soon reach the sea wall. Heading past the marina, you will continue along the sea wall for four miles, where you will pass the uninhabited saltmarsh of Bridgemarsh Island.

Take the train to Althorne and on exiting the station, head right down the unmade road. Continue straight along this road and you will soon see the River Crouch. Head up the steps by the marina car park and go left along the sea wall, passing the stile. Continue for over a mile, and you will note a small deviation from the river at Butt Cliff. The path will veer left and climb to the top of the cliff where you can enjoy views of the Crouch Estuary.

Nearly a mile after descending the cliff, the sea wall path ends as you near Creeksea. Turn left down the steps, heading through the gate and turning right onto the field edge path. After 250 yards, turn right onto the road which will rejoin the sea wall past the slipway after another 300 yards. Continue along the sea wall, passing Creeksea, and you will soon reach Burnham Marina.

Walking around the edge of the marina, walk south to rejoin the sea wall by the river. As you continue along, you will see Riverside Park to your left and you will pass the pubs and houses along Burnham Quay. After passing the Olde White Harte, turn left onto Shore Road to reach the High Street. Heading left up the High Street, you will pass the memorial and Burnham Baptist Church on your left, and further ahead the library will also be on your left. Continue along this road, where you will reach the railway station which is just past the Co-op on the left.

ATTRACTIONS

Burnham-on-Crouch Quay
Burnham-on-Crouch's quay, with its historic pubs and red-roofed houses, is known within sailing circles as the 'Cowes of the East Coast.' Along with its pubs, the quay has cafés, houseboats, and the Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum. Walking along the quay, you will pass its four sailing clubs, the RNLI lifeboat station and Riverside Park.
Burnham Riverside Park
Riverside Park is the main park in Burnham-on-Crouch and can be reached by a pleasant walk along the quayside. It has won numerous Green Flag Awards and has a naturalised area which boasts an extensive wildflower meadow. The large open space of Riverside Park allows for plenty of room for children to play, as well as for picnics.
Rio Cinema
The Rio Cinema is the only full time historic cinema in Essex and was built in 1931. The Rio shows the latest films at historically low prices and is one of the cheapest cinemas in the country. This independently owned cinema has two screens, 280 seats, and offers visitors a unique experience in a historic setting.
The Dengie Hundred Sports centre

Dengie Hundred Sports Centre

The newly re-furbished Dengie Hundred Sports Centre is a Community Sports Centre, committed to delivering fantastic facilities and service. Choose from our wide range of classes, activities and facilities.

Lets Go Bonkers

Lets Go Bonkers

Let’s Go Bonkers is East Essex’s most exciting and professionally designed premier indoor children’s soft play studio, featuring two uniquely designed multilevel play studios, which has something for everyone.

St Mary’s Church

St Mary the Virgin

Affectionately known as St Mary's, there has been a church on this site since 1155, possibly even earlier, and as such the fabric of the building reflects a long and eventful history.

Burnham Wick Farm

Burnham Wick Farm

Adjoining the River Crouch, the farm offers a permissive access trail with information boards featuring details of ancient crop marks, salt extraction and wildlife. The circular route takes you through the farm returning via the sea wall.

Anyone can play Disc Golf

Creeksea Disc Golf

Come try disc golf! Our short course is fun for beginners and families, or play 18 holes for a challenge!

Saltmarsh Spa and Fitness

Saltmarsh Spa and Fitness

Our brand new fully air conditioned gym and spa has beautiful views of the field and river and offers members on-site parking, free wi-fi, toilets, showers, changing rooms and lockable storage.

Muddy Boots Farm

Muddy Boots Farm

Muddy Boots Farm is an educational, working smallholding that holds pre-bookable practical farmyard sessions with children under 12 years old.

Spectacular Views

Burnham-On-Crouch Golf Club

Superb 18 hole riverside course with stunning views over the River Crouch.

Burnham Hillside Bowls Club

Burnham Hillside Bowls Club

Offering the opportunity to play bowls in Burnham-on-Crouch, Burnham Hillside Bowls Club welcomes applications from new members to join.

The Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum celebrates the history and development of the town and its people, from the Neolithic era to the present day. The museum showcases an interesting collection of exhibits and displays, offering insight into oyster fishery, boat building, agriculture, as well as the local Iron Foundry and more.
The Mangapps Railway Museum houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of railway relics in the eastern counties and includes items from 1790 to the present day. The museum features a mile long standard gauge line with restored stations and original railway buildings, as well as eighteen steam and diesel locomotives.

EVENTS

You can enjoy a wide variety of events throughout the year in Burnham-on-Crouch and the wider district. Keep up to date with what's going on by checking out our events page, and you can also pick up an events list from the Burnham-on-Crouch Tourist Information Centre.
Burnham-on-Crouch has a great reputation for its events, in particular Burnham Week and the Burnham Carnival. Burnham Week draws in sailors from across the country and Europe, and culminates in Quay Day, where you can enjoy pirate-themed family fun. Burnham Carnival draws huge crowds each year, and is renowned for its torchlight procession, which is the largest in Essex.

ON THE WATER

Seals in the Maldon District

SEAL & WILDLIFE TRIPS

Experience the wildlife of the Maldon District by going on a trip along the River Crouch, where you'll be able to see seals, wildfowl, numerous species of bird such as Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Merlin and even Short-eared Owls. This is a perfect opportunity to get out onto the water and see these animals in their natural environment.

Spend time with Common Seals who are often as interested in you as you are in them. On these seal and wildlife trips, you also might catch a glimpse of Atlantic Grey Seals and Harbour Porpoise. These trips go from the quay at Burnham-on-Crouch and will certainly make for an excellent day out with family and friends.

SAILING

The town of Burnham-on-Crouch is home to four sailing & yacht clubs and has a long history of sailing. These four clubs welcome sailors from Europe and around the world for the famous Burnham Week. It is one of the longest running annual yacht regattas on the UK mainland and dates back to 1892.

From leisure and competitive sailing, to beginners and experts, regardless of experience level you'll be able to find a club that suits you. Many clubs also hold open days and taster sessions throughout the year, so that you can get an idea of what they have to offer.

Burnham Sailing Club

Burnham Sailing Club

Our club offers a friendly atmosphere, a varied social programme and good facilities. We provide excellent training for our strong junior section. There is competitive Wednesday evening racing for cruisers, day boats and dinghies.

The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club

Royal Corinthian Yacht Club

Architecturally listed yacht club offering magnificent views of the River Crouch. Racing for day boats and dinghies, training for cadets and optimists - strong Junior Club. Large restaurant and bar with terrace. Visiting yachtsmen welcome.

Crouch Yacht Club

Crouch Yacht Club

Situated in a waterfront building, facilities include two fully licensed bar areas, two restaurants and a number of bedrooms, all available for hire. The club organises regular open cruiser races as well as having a motor boat section.

The Royal Burnham Yacht Club

Royal Burnham Yacht Club

This prestigious yacht club overlooks the River Crouch and is open all year 7 days a week. It has an active junior section, an affiliated rowing club and visiting yachtsmen are always welcome.

BURNHAM-ON-CROUCH RNLI LIFEBOAT STATION

Burnham-on-Crouch has had a RNLI Lifeboat Station for over forty years and it is one of only three stations in the country to have both boats kept in floating boathouses. The RNLI Lifeboat Station provides an on call, 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service for the area surrounding, and including the River Crouch.

The station has two boats, one is an Atlantic 85 B849, the ‘Tony & Robert Britt’, which arrived in August 2011. There is also an IB1, the ‘Ernest & Rose Chapman II’, which arrived in February 2007.


MORE INFORMATION
Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI Lifeboat Station

WHERE TO EAT

Oyster Smack Inn

The Oyster Smack Inn

The Oyster Smack Inn is a charming local restaurant and cocktail bar with accommodation. Built in the 1800's, the building is full of character and sets the scene for an outstanding and extremely popular local Restaurant.

Bar 3

Bar 3

Bar 3 is a family run establishment providing hot food (including but not limited to, panini’s, baguette’s, jacket potatoes, burgers & our signature 3 for 7 pounds small dishes deal)

The Victoria Inn

The Victoria Inn

The Victoria Inn is a good friendly locals pub and is run by Nick and Irene Rogers. Good home cooked food made from local produce is served everyday from 1200 until 1445 with a vast menu and included vegetarian options.

The Burnham Seafood and Oyster Bar

The Burnham Seafood and Oyster Bar

The Burnham Seafood and Oyster Bar provides a wide range of fresh seafood of the highest quality on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Quayside Café

The Quayside Café

Visit the Quayside Restaurant and Café to sample a variety of delicious home cooked food - freshly prepared on the premises.

The Anchor Hotel

The Anchor Hotel

Following extensive works, the Anchor Hotel in Burnham-On-Crouch has re-opened and offers a great range of ales and lager, freshly prepared food and beautifully appointed letting rooms.

Ruam

Ruam

Ruam Thai Restaurant so please to welcome everyone to Burnham-on-Crouch the town of situated on the banks of the River Crouch in the East Coast of England with us.

Cabin Dairy side view

The Cabin Dairy

A Quayside/High Street Café and Tea Room that is popular with motorcyclists and visitors. Serving home-made breakfast, brunch and lunch. Indoor and outdoor seating, also sells sandwiches and ice creams.

Ship Inn evening

The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn is a local pub in the heart of picturesque Burnham-on-Crouch, serving fine food, classic pub lunches, and a wide selection of drinks, in a casual and relaxed setting.

Welcome to the Parlour Café

Parlour Café

Parlour Cafe might be slightly off the beaten track, but with great coffee, tea, milkshakes, freshly made lemonades and a bar this is the place to be! We have free parking, free wifi, a large, dog-friendly garden and a children's play area!

Dhan Shiri

Dhan Shiri

Indian cuisine using fresh meat and fish produce, including exciting vegetarian options. Flavours including spicy, sour, sweet and hot all at the same time.

Ye Olde White Harte

Ye Olde White Harte

17th century building with many original exposed beams and fire places overlooks the River Crouch. The Waterside restaurant offers lunchtime and evening Tablé d'hoté with full à la Carte menus. Seats 50. Full Licence.

The Queens Head

The Queens Head

You will find The Queens Head in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and the Real Ale Pub Guide

WHERE TO STAY

The Star Inn, Burnham-on-Crouch

The Star Inn, Burnham-on-Crouch

The Star Inn is a comfortable 17th century Coaching Inn in Burnham-on-Crouch which is a small town on the north bank of the River Crouch.

Guest Accommodation with 0 rooms

The Oyster Smack Inn

The Oyster Smack Inn

Contemporary independent restaurant with rooms.

Inn with 10 rooms, £110-£140 prpn, £80-£120 prpnb

Thatched Cottages

Thatched Cottages

Award winning thatched cottages set in their own private gardens. They are close to the railway station with trains going directly to London in about an hour. Easy access to the town, river & yacht clubs. Perfect for holidays or B&B.

Self-catering with 2 units, £400-£550 pupw sleeps 1-4

The Anchor

The Anchor Hotel

The Anchor Hotel is a traditional inn, centrally located in the High Street and adjacent to the waterfront. There is a warm welcome, atmospheric bar, home cooked food and comfortable accommodation in a four poster bed.

Guest Accommodation with 1 room

Burnt Mill Cottage

Burnt Mill Cottage

Situated in a quiet position of Main Road with off road parking.

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £45-£65 prpnb

Creeksea Place Barns

Creeksea Place Barns

Set on a picturesque farm in beautiful countryside, Creeksea Place Barns provides luxury holiday accommodation in a lovingly restored historic Essex barn.

Self-catering with 15 units, £70-£1995 pupn sleeps 1-30 , £140-£330 pupw sleeps 3-5

Ye Olde White Harte

Ye Olde White Harte Hotel

The White Harte offers a choice of 19 contemporary bedrooms, 11 of which overlook the River Crouch and beautiful Essex countryside.

Hotel with 19 rooms, £38-£95 prpnb

Silver Road Caravan Park

Silver Road Caravan Park

Tucked away at the end of Burnham-on-Crouch High Street, Silver Road Caravan Park stands in a privileged location. This incredibly quiet site has 60 large, level, grass pitches, each pitch has an electric hook-up.

Holiday & Touring Park with 60 pitches

The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn

Situated in the High Street of beautiful Burnham-on-Crouch, we offer boutique, stylishly refurbished en suite rooms above a modern pub-restaurant.

Inn with 3 rooms, £105-£140 prpnb

Chapel Studio

Chapel Studio

A converted Chapel in the heart of Burnham-on-Crouch with clean and tastefully decorated en-suite rooms, all including free Wi-Fi and HD televisions.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £80-£150 prpnb

Burnham Wick Farm

Burnham Wick Farm

Burnham Wick Farm is a medium-sized arable farm which adjoins the River Crouch and is very near to Burnham on Crouch.

Touring & Camping Park with 0 pitches

LOCATIONS NEARBY

Burnham-on-Crouch
Southminster

Southminster is a small town with a population of just under 4,000 people situated in the centre of a peninsula in eastern Essex.

 
 
 
Tillingham

Tillingham is a small village and civil parish with 1,015 inhabitants in 2001, increasing to 1,058 at the 2011 Census, located 8 miles from Burnham-on-Crouch and 3 miles from Bradwell-on-Sea.

 
 
 
Bradwell on sea

Bradwell-on-Sea is a village and civil parish in Essex, England. The village is on the Dengie peninsula. It is located about 9 km north-northeast of Southminster and is 30 km east from the county town of Chelmsford.

 
 

Along the coastline of the Maldon District, five Saltmarsh Coast Hubs are being installed as part of Maldon District Council's Dengie Gateway Project. Aside from Burnham-on-Crouch, they are located in:

These inspirational visitor information points make the perfect starting point for your journey and provide you with engaging facts and details about this fascinating part of Essex's Discovery Coast.

Saltmarsh Coast Trail
Additionally, audio posts, signage and waymarking will continue to be installed. This work has been undertaken as part of the Maldon District Council’s Dengie Gateway Project funded by the Coastal Community’s Fund.

These inspirational visitor information points make the perfect starting point for your journey and provide you with engaging facts and details about this fascinating part of Essex's Discovery Coast.

Additionally, audio posts, signage and waymarking has also been installed. This work has been undertaken as part of the Maldon District Council’s Dengie Gateway Project funded by the Coastal Community’s Fund.

Saltmarsh Coast Trail
Keep up-to-date with what's going on in the Maldon District and at the Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch Tourist Information Centres by signing up to our events list. You can stay informed about our latest news and projects, as well as the current tickets we are selling at our box office. There is a Weekly Events List and a Monthly Events List for you to choose from.

CONNECT WITH US

Maldon District Tourist Information Centre

Specially trained staff at the Maldon District Tourist Information Centre and the Burnham-on-Crouch Tourist Information Centre are on hand to offer expert and friendly advice to help you make the most of your visit. Situated in the centres of Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch, the two TICs offer a selection of free guides and brochures to help you understand and appreciate this unique area.