Maldon sits on the banks of the River Chelmer, as has easy access to the broad estuary of the Blackwater. It’s a historic town, and in the 10th Century Byrhtnoth, the ‘Earldorman of Essex’, was in his late sixties when he gave as good as he got in facing up to invading Vikings at the Battle of Maldon. He is commemorated by a statue, but he’s someone who should be better known by everyone in Essex! (The story of the Battle of Maldon evidently partly inspired one JRR Tolkien to write his Lord of the Rings).
Easily accessible off the A414 east of Chelmsford, with buses running there as well. There is a fair bit of parking off the High Street, and Promenade Park has a lot of parking.
Out and about
The High Street in Maldon is thriving these days, with a lot of small shops opening in little lanes off it. There are two new ‘micro-pubs’. Market day is Thursday. There’s a Flea Market in the Town Hall the first Saturday of every month.
There are sailing barges moored on the riverside and you can head out onto the estuary for a trip of a couple of hours, as we did on the Sailing Barge Thistle a couple of years ago.
There’s a big leisure centre next to Promenade Park.