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Eastcourt Meadows Walk
The walk is along the shore at Riverside
Country Park and takes approximately 50 minutes. This map shows how to get to the Park.
On leaving the Visitor Centre, turn left towards the driveway
and then right through the gate beside the small picnic area.
Once through the gate, taken the left hand fork and continue to
Sharp's Green Bay. Make your way across the car park and through
the gates into Eastcourt Meadows.
Turn right and take the path around the sea wall. The path veers
left around the edge of the meadows. Continue until you reach a low
wall and fence. At this point the path turns left, inland. The
Saxon Shore Way continues along the coast towards the Strand.
Turning inland, continue to follow the path around the meadows.
This will eventually bring you back to Sharp's Green Bay.
If you wish to explore the meadows further, there are several
paths that cross the middle. Please do not walk on the horse
Points of interest along the way
1 - Sharp's Green pond. Viewed
from the boardwalk over the pond in summer, there is a lot of life
in and around the water, including dragonflies, water beetles and
the white flowers of water crowfoot.
2 - Sharp's Green Bay. Few boats use the bay,
as even at high tide it is very shallow. Several small salt marsh
islands trap silt and provide homes for many coastal plant
3 - Copperhouse Marsh. This
salt marsh is just offshore from the meadows. It provides a high
tide refuge for birds in winter. The channel between the marsh and
Eastcourt Meadows is a good place to see ducks such as teal and
4 - Eastcourt Meadows. Once used for grazing,
in 1928 the council reclaimed the area to use as a municipal
rubbish tip and tipping continued until the 1950s.
5 - Nature study area. This fenced area
provides an excellent place for school studies. The council wants
to provide a clean environment for the children, so please do not
take dogs inside this area.
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