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  1. Lapwings at Blue House Farm, North Fambridge
    Blue House Farm was bought by the Essex Wildlife Trust in 1998 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and many other donors.
  2. old hall marshes sunrise
    An opportunity to see an abundance of coastal wetland bird species in their natural environment.
    1. Statue of Saxon hero who fought against the Vikings, in Promenade Park
      One of the highlights of a walk around Promenade Park is to walk along the extension, which stretches out into the water (or the mud) and leads to a seating area at the end. There you can also see at close hand the statue of famous Saxon leader Byrhtnoth (sometimes written as Brythnoth, Brithnoth, Britnoth or Byrthnoth) who fought back against a Viking invasion. Ultimately he lost, but his bravery in battle was commemorated in the epic Old English poem The Battle of Maldon. The battle was fought in 991AD, and following the thousand-year anniversary, The Maldon Culture Company raised around £100,0000 to commission a lasting memorial to the district's hero, and artist John Doubleday was commissioned to create a statue of the great warrior.
      1. Beach at St Lawrence Bay
        St Lawrence Bay, also known as Stone, is undoubtedly the most beautiful beach in the Maldon District, and the broad sweep of shingle and sand is worth the effort to get to. If you travel by car you will need to park at Jubilee Field car park as you come into the village on the left - don't be tempted to attempt to drive closer to the beach, there really isn't anywhere else to park, and it's only a 10-minute walk. Refreshments (and toilets for customers) are available at The Stone Inn right on the sea wall and St Lawrence Inn opposite the car park and there is a convenience store for picnic supplies.
      2. Bradwell St Peters Chapel
        This ancient Saxon chapel is the oldest church in England built by St Cedd in 654AD, it is one of the most restful and spiritual buildings in the country, a place to bring you peace and tranquillity. The old Saxon quote on the Chapel sign ‘In this place the word is revealed to you’ is certainly true. The Chapel is situated at one end of the long distant walk ‘St Peters Way’. The Chapel is right on the coast and has stunning views a must for walkers and those keen on photography.

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        Althorne Recreation Ground car park, Burnham Road, Althorne, CM3 6BY


        2.3 miles. Althorne sits on the southern ridge of low hills on the Dengie Peninsula; so you can glimpse both the Blackwater and the Crouch rivers on this gentle walk. Look out too for the grapes growing in the many vineyards that benefit from the…

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        The Little Ship Club, The Hythe Quay, Maldon, CM9 5HN


        Monday 11 September. SALTMARSH COAST WALKING FESTIVAL EVENING EVENT - Join National Trust ranger David Mason for a talk about Northey Island and learn more about the National Trust project to conserve and protect the saltmarsh habitat on the island.

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        Church Street, Goldhanger, Essex, CM9 8AS


        SALTMARSH COAST WALKING FESTIVAL - 2.8 miles. Explore the charming village of Goldhanger where you can see remains from Iron Age, Saxon and Roman times, an 11th century church and a 100-year-old village pump. Along the seawall you will see a host of…

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        Wickham Bishops Village Hall, Snows Corner, Wickham Bishops, CM8 3JZ

        Wickham Bishops

        2.96 miles. This walk explores three pretty villages in the north of the district - Wickham Bishops, Little Braxted and Great Totham. Taking in tree-lined lanes and footpaths, this gently undulating walk is a great introduction to this part of the…

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        The Saltmarsh Coast Walking Festival, Promenade Park (by the main ornamental gates), Park Drive, Maldon, CM9 5JQ

        Park Drive, Maldon

        Friday 8 September. Beeleigh Falls and Heybridge Basin. Part of The Saltmarsh Coast Walking Festival - This walk provides the perfect introduction to Maldon’s countryside and riverside. See the scenic Beeleigh Falls, explore the Chelmer & Blackwater…

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        Burnham-on-Crouch station, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, CM0 8BQ


        SALTMARSH COAST WALKING FESTIVAL - 7.2 miles. This attractive linear pub 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…

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        West Maldon Community Centre, Sunbury Way, Maldon, CM9 6YH


        2.6 miles. This short Walk it Local route is an easy stroll starting close to Maldon town centre, but taking in the lovely Maldon Wick Nature Reserve and part of the disused railway line. Depending on the season you might see rare butterflies,…

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        Blue House Farm Nature Reserve car park, Blue House Farm Chase, North Fambridge, Essex, CM3 6GU

        North Fambridge

        SALTMARSH COAST WALKING FESTIVAL - 3.1 miles. This walk has a bit of everything – the river Crouch, boats galore, an historic pub and farmland. All within the confines of the village of North Fambridge. Enjoy a walk along the seawall, with…

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        High Street, Southminster, CM0 7AY


        2.36 miles. This walk explores the town of Southminster from its historic church and thatched cottages to the Jubilee Woodland and sculpture park and modern microbrewery. With a walk time of around an hour, and no steps or stiles to contend with,…

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        The Saltmarsh Coast Walking Festival, Burnham Station, Station Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8BQ

        Station Road, Burnham-on-Crouch

        Thursday 14 September. Explore the Dengie Peninsula with Craft Beer and Food. Part of The Saltmarsh Coast Walking Festival - This invigorating walk takes you from the charming riverside town of Burnham-on-Crouch in a steady ascent across the final…

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        Tollesbury, Essex, CM9 8QU


        SALTMARSH COAST WALKING FESTIVAL - 6.4 or 10.2 miles. A fascinating walk around Tollesbury and the surrounding marshes. This walk has plenty of stunning views, historic sites and bird-watching opportunities! Tollesbury nowadays is a renowned sailing…

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        Southminster Railway Station, Southminster, Essex, CM0 7EG


        A voyage of real ale discovery along the scenic Crouch Valley railway line from Wickford to Southminster in the heart of the Dengie Peninsula

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        The Saltmarsh Coast Walking Festival, Woodrolfe Road Car Park, 42 Woodrolfe Road, Tollesbury, CM9 8SE

        42 Woodrolfe Road, Tollesbury

        Saturday 16 September. Birds, Boats and Big Skies: Tollesbury Wick. Part of The Saltmarsh Coast Walking Festival - Discover the breathtaking beauty of this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on this guided walk with the Essex Wildlife Trust…

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        All Saints' Church, High Street, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4PY


        Walking tours filled with ghoulish tales and tantalising tidbits of history (mostly of the gruesome variety).

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        The Saltmarsh Coast Walking Festival, Promenade Park (by the main ornamental gates), Park Drive, Maldon, CM9 5JQ

        Park Drive, Maldon

        Sunday 10 September. Riverside & Historic Maldon. Part of The Saltmarsh Coast Walking Festival - As you take in both Maldon's historic town centre and its riverside and quay, you’ll hear stories about many of the historic buildings and places you’ll…

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        The Saltmarsh Coast Walking Festival, Blue House Farm Nature Reserve car park, Blue House Farm Chase, North Fambridge, CM3 6GU

        Blue House Farm Chase, North Fambridge

        Friday 15 September. Riverside Flora and Fauna at Blue House Farm Nature Reserve. Part of The Saltmarsh Coast Walking Festival - Walk with an Essex Wildlife Trust guide, as he points out the wide variety of flora and fauna in this riverside nature…

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        Braxted Bakery, Little Braxted Lane, Little Braxted, CM8 3ET

        Little Braxted

        3.3 miles. The quiet lanes around Little Braxted make a pleasant walk with plenty to explore along the way, including a richly decorated Grade I listed church, fine old buildings with decorative chimneys and an unusual miniature railway at Braxted…

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        Althorne, Essex, CM9 6DG


        A pleasant 5.02 mile circular walk around the village of Althorne. The walk includes a short stretch along the River Crouch before turning inland through the fields and over the railway line before arriving in Althorne.

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        Burnham-on-Crouch Library, Station Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, CM0 8HQ


        SALTMARSH COAST WALKING FESTIVAL - 4.6 miles. This largely mud-free stroll follows an easy circuit of the riverside yachting centre giving visitors the opportunity to explore some lesser-visited parts of the town.

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        Bradwell Village Hall, South Street, Bradwell-on-Sea, CM0 7QJ


        SALTMARSH COAST WALKING FESTIVAL - 6.5 miles. Spectacular waterside walk taking in one of the district's most important historic sites – the ancient, lonely Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall. This easy, level circular walk covers 6.5 miles, much of it…