River Crouch, Hullbridge
The River Crouch flows west to east through the English county of Essex. From Battlesbridge the River flows in a wide estuary for 17.5 miles until it reaches the North Sea at Holliwell Point. This is a tidal river which gives SUP paddlers the opportunity to take part in a variety of different experiences, from downwinders, training paddles against the tide, or leisurely trips with the tide. The scenery is beautiful as this is a conservation area and has an abundance of wildlife and unusual bird life, there is also an important breeding population of grey seal at the mouth of the Crouch Estuary.
Tides: The River can be accessed at high tide or indeed up to 2 hours before and after high tide during spring tides, there can be quite a flow and some interesting currents during mid-tide, so caution is needed here.
Wind: The Crouch is a vast expansion of water, meaning there is always a spot where flat water can be found, hugging the bank means you can generally keep out of the wind.
Facilities: Ample free parking very close to the launching area by the Anchor pub. There is a great curry house near the launch which we have had SUP Club meals in – place your order before you paddle and have the food ready when you get back.