If being on the water sails your boat, Burnham on Crouch is the place to be. It’s nicknamed the Cowes of the East! Whether you are just visiting or looking for a new home here, this is a wonderful location for family life.
Burnham, as it’s known locally, is near enough to Chelmsford, Brentwood and the M25 to make it a popular choice for commuters. It sits right on the River Crouch and has gained a reputation as one of the prime yachting venues in the UK.
As a result, it’s a thriving little town with plenty of amenities and facilities that go with that. This eastern part of Essex is far removed from the busy life closer to the M25 in the west, where Essex blends into Greater London. This is a rural area, and the coastline has been dedicated as a National Nature Reserve.
Burnham is tucked out of the way but it’s certainly not out of touch. It’s only 20 miles from Chelmsford and a rail link to Wickford connects with direct services to London Liverpool Street. Bus services to Chelmsford, Maldon, and other smaller local towns and villages, are provided by First Essex. By car, you can join the A130 just west of South Woodham Ferrers. This road route connects with the A13 for Tilbury, Grays and Purfleet to the south and with Chelmsford to the north. There’s also a link with the A12 just outside Chelmsford, for Brentwood and the M25.
The yachting harbour and all the riverside inns host annual events that have become part of the history and culture of the town. The internationally famous Burnham Week regatta and sailing competitions and two big charity pub crawls each year bring a carnival atmosphere. There’s a sports centre, a primary school and a secondary school. There are two small supermarkets and a couple of convenience stores. South Woodham Ferrers is just 11 miles away and there you’ll have an Asda Superstore, Sainsbury’s and M&S Simply Food, close to the pedestrianised town centre shopping area. Maldon is another option for shops and services, 10 miles to the north.
Essex is actually a very historic county and the Roman walls, theatre and castle in Colchester prove the point. The county is also home to some of the UK’s most popular and traditional seaside resorts such as Southend on Sea and Clacton on Sea. Inland, Epping Forest offers 8000 acres of green space, making it a great day out for all the family.