Heybridge - Maldon - River Chelmer - River Blackwater

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Maldon is a picturesque town and has been important for sailmaking and the production of sea salt for many years. In 991 Anglo-Danish troops were defeated by Viking invaders camped on Northey Island, which you pass on your walk to reach the battle site itself. You also pass a 13th Century church with a triangular tower - the only one of its kind in England. At the Hythe, the quay at the eastern end of the town, you will pass a number of the robust and beautiful sailing vessels known as Thames barges, used for trade on the east coast in the last century. You can then see Beeleigh Abbey with its historic connections and modern-day peacocks. The walk back is also unique in the complications of the different water channels along and across which you pass. At the end of your walk you can sit in or outside the Old Ship Inn and contemplate the sea, the canal and much of the walk you have previously undertaken whilst imagining the past hustle and bustle of your location, in complete tranquillity today.

August 2020: the weir at waymark 16 is under repair. It is possible to walk to this point, return the same way and take a riverside path from waymark 7 to waymark 19 to finish the walk.

England - East England - Essex - River Walk


Birds, Church, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Museum, Pub, River, Sea, Toilets
16/07/2019 - Sid Marks

Re-walked this one after 8 years,still remains one of my favourites. Just a couple of updates,at waymark 11,St Peter's Church is now a library/community centre.At waymark 14,the stiles have been replaced with gates. At waymark 19,the towpath is no longer submerged. As stated in my previous comments the walk is longer than 9 miles,it's around 11.5 miles. Highly recommended walk

27/02/2011 - Sid Marks

Really enjoyed this walk, lots to look at, good walk instructions. The walk is longer than the stated 9 miles,it's more like 11.7 miles, taking 4hrs 20 mins.

11/06/2009 - David Pereira and Jeni Chester

Dave & Jeni of Essex. Off Road Ramblers. Went on this walk on a very hot day, really brilliant walk round the Basin, only part not keen on was the amount of road walking out of the park & Maldon High Street, double check your directions at top of High St, we went wrong, but got back on track. After that the rest of the walk was fantastic, especially the last leg along the river leading back to Heybridge, which makes up for the road walking.

25/01/2009 - Paul Woodgate

Walked this on a wet and windy January day (25 01 09). Really varied, starting out on the (very) exposed Heybridge Basin side of the Blackwater canal, through Maldon Town and out into the local countryside, including a small detour to the site of the Battle of Maldon in 991AD. Very enjoyable, easy to follow. Will be nice in Summer when the promenade refreshment stalls are open!