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The Chapel (which is always open) is in a remote part of Essex, many miles from the nearest town and railway line. Probably the only reliable way to get there is by car, and when you arrive at the Chapel's small car park after your long drive you will have a fairly long walk to get to the Chapel itself on the coast. All of which just adds to its charm and remoteness.
Note that the path to the Chapel is a natural track across open farmland, uneven and stony (and muddy in winter). Acces to the path from the car park is by a fairly large kissing gate that will allow the passage of baby buggys, wheelchairs or large electric buggy/electric wheelchairs. It will take around 15-20 minutes at walking pace from the car park to the Chapel. There are no toilet facilities at or near the Chapel so maybe you should stop at one of the pubs in the village first, take some refreshment and make sure you and your party are comfortable and ready for your visit.
If you or a member of your party is disabled and you need special help, contact the Chaplains of St Peter's in good time (seven-days advance notice if possible), and appropriate arrangements for your visit can be made. Click here to send an email.
In winter be warned that it can be very cold! If the wind is from the North, East or South East it can cut right through you. Wrap up well and enjoy the bracing, fresh, pollution-free air. Imagine when you visit what it must have been like to live at the time the Chapel was built. Imagine having to live without central heating, think what it was like not to have cars with heaters, imagine not having modern clothing. Marvel at what our ancestors achieved in those harsh conditions. But in Summer, bring a picnic and enjoy the warm sea breeze, the sky, the smell of moist earth and the song of skylarks.
By the way, the door to the Chapel is never locked. It is, however, a very old door with a stiff latch and to open it you need to grasp the ring handle firmly, pull it towards you and at the same time turn the ring handle sharply clockwise.
Getting to the Chapel
For a map of the area go to Google Maps click here, and enter the post code for the Othona Community: CM0 7PN
From the north and Chelmsford, take the A130 towards Southend.
From the south and the A127, take the A130 towards Chelmsford.
From the A130 look for signs to South Woodham Ferrers, and Burnham-on-Crouch. Leave the new road and join the old A130 at the Rettenden roundabout. (The distance from the roundabout to St Peter's on the coast is approximately 20 miles.)
After South Woodham Ferrers, go through Latchingdon, Mayland, Steeple and St Lawrence.
After St Lawrence look for signs for Bradwell-on-Sea.
On arrival at Bradwell turn right by the garage and head into and through the village of Bradwell-on-Sea, turning right just before the church, following signs to the Chapel.
Go eastwards as far as you can go and park in the small car parking area. You will have to walk the remaining distance.
The modern world is not far away even in this remote place. This is Bradwell
Power Station operational from 1962 to 2002 and currently being decommissioned.
A few minutes' walk from the Chapel and you are on the edge of the
North Sea looking out to where St Cedd arrived by boat in 653 AD.
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