WALKING IN THE DISTRICT

The Maldon District is the ideal place for walking with over 75 miles of meandering coastline and diverse landscapes. The extensive network of footpaths and quiet country lanes enable the casual explorer as well as the more dedicated rambler to enjoy the open farmland and waterside areas of the District, whilst taking in the big skies and extensive views.

FITSTEPS WALKS

Join one of the many free FitSteps Walks going on around the Maldon District throughout the year. The FitSteps Walks are led by trained volunteers, and are suitable for all abilities, from beginners to seasoned walkers. The walks range between one and four miles and take place along safe, town and country routes. It is a WfH accredited walking for health scheme supported by a partnership including Maldon Distirct Council, NHS Central Essex Community Services, and Provide Community Service Enterprise.

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COASTAL WALKS

Tollesbury Marshes

TOLLESBURY AND OLD HALL MARSHES

This fascinating walk has something for everyone. There are great views, historic sites and plenty of opportunities for bird-watching. Tollesbury is now renowned as a venue for sailing; once upon a time the marshes were the haunt of smugglers. Some of the scenes in the BBC’s dramatisation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” were filmed in the marshes around Tollesbury; the series was first aired in December 2011.

Distance: Longer walk – 10.7 miles (17.3 km).Shorter walk - 6.4 miles (10.3 km)

Times taken: Longer walk – 4 ½ hours. Shorter walk – 2 ¾ hours

St. Peter's Chapel, Bradwell

BRADWELL TO ST. PETER'S CHAPEL

This is an easy but spectaular waterside walk on the eastern edge of the isolated Dengie Peninsula. It provides the opportunity to visit what is arguably the most important historic site in the Maldon District - the ancient, lonely chapel of St Peters on the Wall, which was re-consecrated as chapel and has been used ever since in 1948, attracting pilgrims from all over the world. You will also see the disused Bradwell Bay Airfield and at low tide, you can also walk along beautiful sandy beaches, which are often deserted.

Distance: 6.5 miles

Time taken: 3 1/2 hours

Goldhanger Estuary

GOLDHANGER AND BLACKWATER ESTUARY

This lovely walk combines a good stretch of walking in Essex farmland with a decent hike on the sea wall alongside the estaury of the River Blackwater. the walk starts and finishes in the charming and historic village of Goldhanger, with its old cottages, two pubs and 11th century church of St Peter's. Along the way, there are red hills (formed as a result of generations of local salt making), inter-tidal salt marsh and mudflats and boats harvesting the oyster beds.

Distance: 8 Miles

Time taken: 3 1/4 hours

You can also stroll around Purleigh and Stow Maries Aerodrome with a walk that provides an opportunity to visit a working vineyard and an historic World War 1 aerodrome. Wickham Bishops and Little Braxted walk takes in some of the charming scenery around the villages and the longer version gives you the opportunity to visit one the smallest churches in Essex. The Woodham Walter walk has lovely views across rural Essex. The very attractive Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation walk provides a good opportunity to sample some of the delights of the navigation while the full version allows you to pass the beautifully situated 13th century church in Ulting. The fascinating Shut Heath Wood and Great Totham walk explores a myriad of lanes and footpaths encircling the villages and provides the perfect opportunity to see Shut Heath Wood Nature Reserve. The Blackwater Rail Trail is a delightful walk which closely follows the route of the former Witham-Maldon Railway

COUNTRYSIDE WALKS

Beeleigh Falls

BEELEIGH FALLS AND HEYBRIDGE BASIN WALK

This most enjoyable waterside walk provides the perfect introduction to Maldon’s countryside and riverside. You will explore the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, see the scenic Beeleigh Falls and walk along the seawall beside the Blackwater Estuary, with fine views of Maldon. Heybridge Basin (near the halfway point) has a number of opportunities for refreshments.

Distance: 7.25 miles (11.7 km)
Time taken: 3 ¼ hours

You can also meander through the attractive yachting centre of Burnham -on-Crouch and nearby countryside with Burnham and Creeksea walk. North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch is a wonderful linear riverside walk taking you eastward towards the estuary at Burnham-on-Crouch. The Steeple Creek walk is attractive and easy and branches off St Peter's Way, the long distance footpath, it then heads north to the Blackwater Estuary and follows the seawall until it returns to the village. The Heybridge Basin to Goldhanger walk is faily long but comes highly recommended and offers beautiful scenery along the way. Mundon and Mundon Creek walk takes you through some lesser-known but nonetheless attractive, parts of the Dengie Peninsula. Tollesbury Wick walk is a site of Special Scientific Interest and a walk around the spectacular reserve which is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.

HERITAGE WALK

Fat Man of Maldon

MALDON HERITAGE TRAIL

Commemorative plaques have become an accepted feature of buildings and sites
throughout Britain as a means of revealing the hidden history of our nation and
communities. Here in Maldon, plaques have been installed in a shared project
between Maldon District Council and the Maldon Society.

Distance: 1 ¾ miles

PUB WALKS

BURNHAM TO SOUTHMINSTER PUB WALK

This attractive linear walk takes you from the charming riverside town of Burnham-on-Crouch in a steady climb across the final outlier of the rolling farmland of central Essex, before reaching the ancient town of Southminster; you can then make the return journey to Burnham by train.

Distance: 6 ½ miles (10.4 km)

Time taken: 3 hours (without pub stops)

Burnham High Street

Woodham Mortimer and Purleigh Pub walk is an extremely pleasant walk which takes you through attractive Essex farmland and down quiet country lanes,providing walkers the opportunity to visit two historic country pubs which are locally renowned for serving fine ales and excellent food. The Three Dengie Pubs walk has atractive countryside, dismantled railway tracks and village pubs to commend itself and allows you to sample three superb examples of village pubs in the Dengie Peninsula. The Maldon Real Ale Trail is a short walk but provides the perfect opportunity to sample some local beers in four pubs which have good reputations for the range of well-kept ales. Trio of Thurstable Pubs, a very pleasant walk, meanders through typical essex farmland and provides a great opportunity to visit three excellent village pubs.