SUP Hullbridge, River Crouch, Essex

Facing north onto the western end of the Crouch Estuary, Hullbridge is a handy spot for the top of the tide if there’s a bit of weather about. Useful routes are pretty well limited to the loop up to Battlesbridge and back, but it’s a great social spot as there are a couple of pubs up there and a couple more, plus a curryhouse, back in Hullbridge!

Although there’s water here throughout the top half of the tide, the tidal currents and sensible routes mean it’s only really a spot for within an hour or two of high tide. Flood tide creates a current west (left) towards Battlesbridge, whereas ebb pulls east (right) towards Fambridge. Tidal currents can get very strong and cause fierce chop in wind against tide conditions. Check out our SUP Weather section for the latest…

Easterly winds aren’t ideal here as they blow in down the estuary and can result in big chop off the launch as the tide ebbs. Most other directions are doable in sensible windstrengths as the river bends and turns towards Battlesbridge so there’s not much fetch to build chop. Check out our SUP Weather section for the latest…

Free parking in the large public car-park – although there is a 2.2m height restriction to get in and out, it’s just a short walk to the slipway. Facilities are great, with toilets, two pubs to choose from (The Anchor Riverside & more relaxed Smugglers Den) and even a curryhouse (Simla Tandoori) right by the launch!

Take Ferry Road north off Lower Road past the shops towards Hullbridge Community Centre. The free car-park is beside the bus stop, just before you get to the Anchor pub. Nearest postcode – SS5 6ND

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