A House For Essex
One thing on my list of places to visit since I’ve been in Harwich is to visit Grayson Perry’s “A House For Essex”. It’s not far and I jumped on the Mayflower Line at Harwich Town to pay a visit. Wrabness is easy to get to by train and if you’re going by car there’s plenty of parking at the train station. The house is situated at the end of a quiet lane and there isn’t any parking available along here.
Where is it?
It’s easy to find, I alighted at Wrabness and walked out of the station. You’ll see the local shop on the corner of Black Boy lane and the house is at the end.
I was lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, and you’re greeted by the magnificent golden roof set against the backdrop pf the River Stour.
You can’t go inside but there is a path that takes you around two sides of the house and get a great view. If you want to get a look inside then you can book it as a holiday let. More information can be found here
It really is a unique piece of architecture and very much a Grayson Perry work. I took some photos and decided to walk along the public footpath down to river to get some more views of the house. There is a pathway along the river running both ways towards Manningtree and Harwich.
Exploring the riverside path
As it was such a lovely day I decided to explore a little. I set of towards Mistley taking the peace and calmness of my surroundings. The path follows the river with farmland to one side and the river to the other. Natures harvest was in full swing with blackberries, sloes and rose hips galore. If you want to make some sloe gin this year then there’s plenty to be found along the riverside.
I headed towards Wrabness Beach. It’s a sandy stretch along the river with beach huts and moored-up boats. I took some pics and stayed for 10 minutes or so enjoying my surroundings. I didn’t go any further from this point and headed back in the direction of Harwich.
The pathway from A House For Essex towards harwich is bordered buy a fine row of mighty oak trees and The Stour Estuary Nature Reserve was my destination. The walk itself is easy enough as it follows the river and as you pass through a couple of turnstiles you can look back to get a great view of A House For Essex.
Stour Estuary Nature Reserve
“The Stour Estuary is a nature reserve in Essex, England, east of Colchester on the estuary of the River Stour. Enjoy trails up to five miles long as you stroll through the woods. To watch wading birds, ducks and geese on the estuary, visit during the autumn and winter”
I would have liked more time to explore the RSPB site fully but it will have to wait for another day, and maybe another blog! I did however take a stroll through the woods for a couple of hours whilst meandering back to Wrabness.
There is a village shop in Wrabness that’s run by volunteers but it’s closed from 1pm to 3pm so be sure to stop there first if you need any water or snacks for your walk.