Heybridge - Goldhanger - Heybridge

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At the beginning and end of the walk there are plenty of cafes and pubs. There is an active lock fed by the River Chelmer, a retired minesweeper, two further pubs along the route, as well as places to purchase refreshments. There is also a nice harbour with mainly small private boats and great views of Osea Island and Bradwell Power Station. Further on there are fields of various berries and other crops.

England - East England - Essex - River Walk

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
13/08/2012 - Angela Argent

We followed this walk on 11th August from Goldhanger (point 4) to the pub at Mill Beach (just after point 6) and then returned along estuary to Goldhanger. Slightly shortening it but making a pleasant round walk of about 2.5 hours in total. Blackwater estuary was beautiful on a sunny day. We did however encounter some difficulty on the first stretch from Goldhanger to Mill Beach. The series of stiles and footbridges were very overgrown,the hedgerow in general is encroaching on them, together with many stingers (Possibly unavoidable at this time of year?). This made one of the stiles virtually impassable we had to climb the adjacent gate and another for which there was no alternative, extremely difficult because the hedgerow is Sloe, therefore very prickly. Would recommend being prepared with a stick or poles to clear the way. Otherwise we enjoyed our walk but needed anti-histamine after!!