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Before you visit

  • Open 8 am-8 pm (or dusk if earlier)
  • Free entry
  • No visitor centre, catering or toilets at present. More visitor facilities planned in future
  • Registered assistance dogs, and other dogs on leads, welcome at all times.

How to get here

  • Nearest railway station, Rochford, 7 miles (11 km) away. Taxi rank. Accessible taxis include Andrew’s taxis, tel: 01702 200200
  • Nearest bus stop, Canewdon, 3 miles (5 km) away. Stephensons Route 60 from Southend on Sea
  • Follow brown tourism signs from Rochford
  • Ferry from Burnham-on-Crouch, currently berthing at Essex Marina, 1 mile (1.5 km) away.

Car parking 

  • 24 spaces
  • Surfaced (crushed concrete topped with granite chippings)
  • No lighting
  • No height restrictions.

Nature trails

  • Allfleets Marsh Trail (public footpath) runs from car park for 3 km along full length of northern seawall. Jubilee Marsh trail (permissive path) runs south for 2.4 km to the River Roach from the Allfleets Marsh trail.
  • Both trails are unsurfaced grass paths with a 1:12 ramp up to the sea wall. There are steps a mile along the sea wall. There are no other width restrictions or stiles on RSPB land.

Viewing facilities

  • Raised seawall footpath offers excellent panoramic views across the area being developed by the Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project
  • Access road between Grapnells Farmyard and car park provides views over the wild bird cover area and the developing grazing marsh


  • RADAR-accessible facilities and baby changing in Back Lane car park, Rochford, 7 miles (11 km) away.  


  • Nearest refreshments, including hot food, The Marina Bar at Essex Marina and Canewdon village, 3.5 miles (5.5 km) away, which has local shops and a pub.

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