Name:Ray Island
Hill number:19102
Height:5m / 16ft
Parent (Ma):none
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Essex (CoU)
Island:Non Tump island (t)
Maritime area:Essex coast
Grid ref:TM 00404 14666
Summit feature:no feature
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 168
(1:25k) 184W
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 12 users)ByDate of Ascent
Alan and LindaGlenford01/01/2019
Board walk ignoring half hearted efforts to prevent access.chalky195331/12/2017
Nature Reserve welcomes visitors and track leads there so should be OK. Salt marsh is private (signage). Stay on the path, as many others obviously do.Tony S11/11/2017
(Not visited). Looked at crossing saltmarsh from The Strood but boardwalk now fenced off and unambiguous signs forbid access across this SSSI. Only access is by boat, it says, so shall return with kayak and paddle from parking at west tip of Mersea island (easy put-in).AndyS31/03/2017
Parked on Mersea Island just before the start of The Strood, then walked over The Strood to gain the start of the path to the nature reserve on Ray Island. Walked the numerous wooden planks in my wellies.Dugswell201/09/2016
Limited parking on The Strood, got in at a wide field entrance (TM01291520). Walked NW to Pyfleet House where the nature reserve track wends its way across wet, marshy ground but with handy wooden planks laid across all the channels. Wasn't long after high tide and would say ground had been definitely covered an hour or 2 earlier. As per RHW, continued SW past HP then swung round N with easy tracks through the scrub to a reasonably obvious HP enclosed in light woodland.jonglew02/07/2016
From NE end of The Strood, path and bridges. To avoid prickly scrub walked past hp then back R thru easy trees to summit clearing then choose your anthill. With Adrian. Towards low tide but didn't get impression track is covered regularly although sign says soRHW21/05/2016
With RHW. Clearing in woodlandAdrian21/05/2016
Delightful. From N end of causeway a path with many small planks and bridges wends its way across the saltings (salt marsh channels) aiming for the small wood which is the slightly raised Ray Island. The 1st sign met is offputting -saying Bonners Salting: Private -no unauthorised access ( I think to deter bait diggers)- however this is to the south of our path so keep going -shortly after a welcoming Essex Wildlife sign and NT sign is reached warning not to be cut off as the saltings flood twice a day at high tide. Noteworthy as you arrive at the slightly higher Ray Island is the change of vegetation to grassy tussocks and trees above the high water debris line of seaweed and many dead crabs which encircles the island -further evidence of its tidal island status at least on occasions . Lost in a solitary dream world I was mildly astonished to come across footprints in the mud and briefly sensed how Robinson Crusoe must have felt until a discarded beer can reminded me I was in EssexChris Pearson18/05/2016
What a surprisingly beautiful island! Walked over the numerous bridges across the marshes from The Strood. With Peter Doyle.Dangerous Dave17/01/2016
Alan Whatley01/01/2019