*It's our own stage.
At first we walked from Manningtree Railway Station to Lawford church where we terminated last time, and then walked the Essex Way.
It was nice weather and felt hot.
The field we needed to cross had construction work on it. So we walked around the site. The route will be slightly changed in the future.
Walked through England's lovely smallest town Manningtree.
Walked down the street and the River Stour could be seen. I've walked along the river before with the big mouse, so I was quite relaxed without the map or instruction.
Passed by the Mistley Towers and the factory, we crossed under the railway.
Looked back, I could still see the EDME Factory's chimney.
Passed through the wood and the long path which goes through the field was waiting.
We met with some walkers, the information they gave us was about 'a pub'. It's a place which allays walkers' thirst. But we usually carry a lunch and drinks. We looked for a church or the shady place for lunch. We usually have a lunch at a churchyard, but this time, we couldn't find a nice place to have a lunch.
We walked on and on, but there was nothing, just wide fields to be seen to cross. It was a hot day, I was like a dried out frog...
We arrived at Bradfield. I was glad to see poppies were still blooming, because it's a symbol of the Essex Way.
After recharging energy, we started to walk towards the river again. I felt so good to cross the field!
The water was blue and beautiful under the strong sunshine.
Everything seemed fine, but we made a mistake at the nature reserve area. Because we missed the way to seawall. We corrected the way and finally found a breath-taking scenery. This place reminded me of Venice, Italy. Because the tower-like buildings on the other side of the bank looked like the Piazza San Marco.
We walked through green lane tunnel towards Wrabness church, which has bell cage. Unfortunately the church was closed during this August, we started to walk to the Wrabness station.
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