The Crouch particularly
has suffered from a high mud content since the great floods in
the first half of the 1900's which added to the tidal flow does
not encourage bathing. There is a sandy area on the Crouch in
Riverside Park, Burnham on Crouch, although this is mainly
used for sunbathing, sandcastles and paddling.
The Sea coastline to the east can be accessed
via the coastal path although vehicular access to the many sandy
beaches require the use of private roads that are usually locked
by farmers to prevent theft and damage.
Beaches are much more accessible on the River
Blackwater with regular access points to vehicular traffic
although parking can be an issue.
Popular beaches on the Blackwater -are :-
Steeple Bay Holiday Site (Sand and Shingle), St Lawrence Centre
(Shingle), Bradwell on Sea - Othona and Down Hall beaches (Sand
Particular care should be exercised in
bathing as the area has no warning system for dangers and no
If you intent to bath in the river or sea please
visit the Coastguard site for advice.
There is no public swimming pool in the Dengie Hundred although
many of the Junior Schools have their own pools that are used by
children and occasionally available to the public
Southminster Primary School has a larger pool that is open
to the public for organised and free swimming sessions. Click
Burnham Primary School has a pool that is normally open to the
public in summer school holidays.
Many local people use the public pools at Maldon, South Woodham
Ferrers and Wickford.
Blackwater Leisure Centre and Pool at Maldon