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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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 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.