Essex

Estuary Adventures

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Overview

Depart from Maldon by the Blackwater Estuary and head for nature at Northey Island. Visit the gardens at Hyde Hall before enjoying the scenery at Foulness Island. Enjoy the seaside atmosphere of Southend. Explore Hadleigh Park before finishing up with views of the Thames Estuary from Tilbury Fort.

Maldon

Set on the banks of the Blackwater Estuary, the historic town of Maldon is known for Hythe Quay – home to a large collection of Thames barges where you can take bird watching or sightseeing trip. Relax and spend some time in the Promenade Park with its lake and Splash Park – great fun for the kids! In season try the local oysters.

Northey Island

The remote Northey Island is the oldest recorded battle site in England, dating back to Battle of Maldon in AD991. Share the peace and tranquillity with an abundance of wildlife – but don’t forget the island gets cut off at high tide!

Hyde Hall

The RHS Garden of Hyde Hall is a spectacular display of garden colour set amongst the rolling hills of Essex. Explore the 360 acres of landscape and be sure to stop in at the Dry Garden, Robinson & Woodlands Garden and Hilltop Garden.

Foulness Island

Owned by the Ministry of Defence, Foulness Island is the fourth largest island off the English coast. An international wildlife haven you can leave the hustle behind and enjoy nature at its best. Take a cruise or tractor ride to see the seals and abundance of wildfowl.

Southend-on-Sea

Southend is a classic English seaside resort where you can enjoy traditional amusements, walk the Southend Pier and explore the formal gardens. Enjoy the museum, visit the casino or take in the Sea Life Adventure centre.

Hadleigh

Hadleigh Park spans over 500 acres overlooking the Thames Estuary. Enjoy over 18kms of Olympic Mountain Bike trails and then wind down by exploring the natural landscape of woodland, grassland, salt marsh and ponds.

Port of Tilbury

The English Heritage site of Tilbury Fort, built in the 16th century overlooks the Thames Estuary. Spend some time taking in the views and exploring the fort including the ammunition houses and bastion passages to learn about the life of a fort soldier.

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Overview

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Maldon

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3.5 miles

Northey Island

3
9.9 miles

Hyde Hall

4
18.9 miles

Foulness Island

5
11.5 miles

Southend-on-Sea

6
3.6 miles

Hadleigh

7
19.0 miles

Port of Tilbury

What to see and do…

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Audley End House & Gardens

Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

Chelmsford City Racecourse

Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1QP

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, Barleylands Farm Park, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

Downham Hall

Downham Hall, Castledon Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1LG

Rope Runners Ltd

The Secret Nuclear Bunker, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA

Parlour Cafe

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Creeksea Disc Golf and Football Golf Course

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Creeksea Place Barns

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Suenos Guesthouse

Suenos Guesthouse, 184 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 3AA

The PitStop

The PitStop, The Morgan Garage, Little Hallingbury, Essex, CM22 7RA

Milsoms

Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HW

Maison Talbooth

Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HN

About the Estuary Adventures Trail

Distance:67 miles
Cities / Towns:7
Number Of Businesses:22

Start at historic Maldon on the banks of the Blackwater Estuary before making for the tranquillity of Northey Island to enjoy the views and take in nature.

Head for Hyde Hall to soak up the colour of the glorious gardens. Take a trip to remote Foulness Island to enjoy the scenery and local wildlife.

For a change of pace, arrive at the lively seaside resort of Southend with its traditional entertainment – may be explore the gardens or stroll the boardwalk out over the sea. Explore the open spaces of Hadleigh Park before arriving at historic Tilbury Fort to enjoy the views over the Thames Estuary.

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Island Life

Visit the islands of Essex including Foulness Island and Mersea Island, home to an abundance of wildlife, to enjoy the scenery and take in the coastal views.

Seaside Fun

From seaside gardens, to amusements and the pier, Southend is a lively seaside resort where people of all ages can enjoy the traditional entertainment on offer.

Estuary Adventures

The rivers of Essex provide a great opportunity to explore different habitats and views – Maldon sits on the banks of the Blackwater where you can see Thames sailing barges whilst Tilbury Fort affords views of the Thames Estuary.

Also Nearby

Audley End House & Gardens

Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

Chelmsford City Racecourse

Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1QP

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, Barleylands Farm Park, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

Downham Hall

Downham Hall, Castledon Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1LG

Rope Runners Ltd

The Secret Nuclear Bunker, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA

Parlour Cafe

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Creeksea Disc Golf and Football Golf Course

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Creeksea Place Barns

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ