Monday, 19 April 2010

Walter Linnet

Wildfowler Walter Linnet lived a peaceful, solitary existence here in this cottage on the Bradwell shore. With a desirable aspect the small garden looks out across the wide reaching mudflats and across the North Sea. He was one of the last of the wildfowlers on the river earning a living working his gun punts at the top of the tide. A way of life long gone now, possibly due to a huge supermarket or two.

The cottage which is in remarkably good condition is now used by bird watchers.
Most people get here by foot on the long stretch of Roman road. I visited the cottage in Huffler via a small forgotten creek called Gunners Creek which cuts through the saltmarsh from St Peters mudflats.

Looking north across the saltmarsh towards Linnets cottage gives a feel of the remoteness here

Cockle Spit one of mother natures art works

The Dengie flats and the Raysand beyond.
Just visible are a line of lighters which are marked on the chart but rarely seen by mariners this close.