One of its querks was the New Years Day mud race across the 400m river Blackwater from bank to bank through the freezing water at low tide and the oozing mud, for charity.
The date for this event has now been changed since the freezing New Year conditions of 2010, to Springtime, but none the less its still very cold water
Leaving the Hythe Quay at different times of the day depending upon the tide, this smart vessel, Viking Saga, will take you out downstream into the Blackwater estuary. The hour long trip goes past Northey and Osea islands and Heybridge and then back upstream past the river barges moored on the quayside and on up to the end of the navigable river.
You also see the small riverside unit where the famous Maldon Sea Salt is processed.
The skipper provides an interesting and entertaining commentary throughout the trip. There is a bar on board. The short trip costs £5.00 for adults.
Apparently they also do longer trips so watch the noticeboard on the Quayside for full details. Be warned though, the vagaries of the tide can upset the sailing schedule. We had to wait 45 minutes after the notified sailing time because the boat couldn't get down the river - the tide was too low. Still it was worth the wait.
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Colchester Rd Tolleshung Knigh Maldon Essex CM9 8H
Good for: Families
The Hurdlemakers is really the epitomy of what an English country pub should be - it's a charming, cosy establishment set in the heart of the Essex countryside between Maldon and Danbury.
I have so many lovely memories of balmy summer evenings spent in their garden enjoying a cold beer, as The Hurdlemakers has been a favourite in my family for as long as I can remember - even though it used to take us almost an hour to drive there!
Fans of real ale will feel right at home in this cosy pub, where you can still enjoy a game of darts in a friendly atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Treats on the menu include soups, paninis and baked potatoes, as well as traditional country favourites such as ploughmans, scampi, ham egg & chips, steak and ale pie, lamb and mint gravy and sausages with horseradish mash.
This is a lovely pub outside Maldon and near to Danbury and Chelmsford, too. The food was fresh and delicious, and we were lucky to have a brilliant day of sunshine and warmth late in September.
Favorite Dish: The jacket potatoes are fantastic... especially the prawn. There's real ale to be had and very good chips.