Essex Off The Beaten Path

  • Civic Centre fountain.
    Civic Centre fountain.
    by IreneMcKay
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  • Peter outside the Civic Centre.
    Peter outside the Civic Centre.
    by IreneMcKay

Essex Off The Beaten Path

  • Essex Islands...

    0fficially, at least 19 islands exist off the coast of Essex; though the definition of an island leaves a lot of scope as to what to include...However, there are other areas of raised saltings, which emerge after high tide, which have been named as islands over the years, though their categorisation as such, is subjective, but those most can agree...

  • Mistletoe county...

    Essex is said to be a place where more Mistletoe grows than anywhere else in UK...Mistletoe is a hemiparasitic plant that needs another host tree on which to draw water & nutrients, the consequences of which stunts the growth of the host & can even kill it...European Mistletoe has paired, pale green waxy leaves, (which carry out photosynthesis, so...

  • Thames Estuary...

    The Thames might be the river most associated with England's capitol city, but this mighty waterway has an equally capacious mouth which incorporates much of the Essex coast within the Thames Estuary...Southend-0n-Sea is regarded as the location of the actual mouth of the Thames - within this broad inlet is to be found Canvey Island, as well as the...

  • The 0nly Way Is Essex...

    The Essex Way is a long-distance series of footpaths, which is officially said to start in Epping, reaching the coast at Harwich...However, I prefer to think of it from back-to-front; i.e; Harwich > EppingHarwich is said to be 'the gateway to the Continent', so travellers who come ashore here from the ferry, will be following the route inland, &...

  • X-files Essex...

    Essex is a county full of secrets, curiosities, & the unexplained...Perhaps the greatest secret that the county posesses, is that it was the last place that The county has in recent decades, been keen to promote its 'secret bunkers', at Mistley, & Kelvedon Hatch, which at the end of the Cold War were decommissioned to sold to the public, becoming...

  • Wandering in the countryside of Essex.

    Not far east of Hullbridge on the south side of the River Crouch, I discovered glorious fields of sun bleached wheat, on a walk from Hockley. It was a stunning summer's day in 2010 and yet again I was fascinated by the way, in England, one could walk a short distance from a built up area and be in the middle of the countryside. Yet again Essex...

  • Rayleigh - always nice on a sunny day.

    Rayleigh can't be classed as a tourist destination, but it is a nice place to stop if you need to do any shopping. What I like about Rayleigh is the way the high street leads the eye up to the Norman style stone church at the top of the low hill and the windmill near that combines to give the town a skyline of some photogenic quality. There's also...

  • Castle Hedingham

    Castle Hedingham is a small village in the north of Essex, and, naturally, it has a castle. Not just a castle, but a fine Norman keep, on the top of a hill. It is in private ownership, but is open to the public every Sunday from April to September, plus some other days during the week at certain times in the summer - check their website for...

  • Terling - a quiet little village.

    Terling is a small village just north-east of Chelmsford. Close to the cluster of houses lies Terling Place, home of the Stutt family for over 300 years. The Strutts have the family title of Baron Rayleigh of Terling Place. The most famous Lord Rayleigh was John William Strutt, the third Baron who was an eminent scientist, and won the Nobel Prize...

  • Layer Marney Towers

    This stunning piece of Tudor architecture is really only the gatehouse to what would have been an immense Tudor house but for the untimely death of the Lord and also his son two years later. The towers soar 80 feet (eight storeys), and you can climb to the top of one of them. The remainder of the house is not open, but there is a long gallery which...

  • Gentile Dovercourt

    Dovercourt is definitely a "gentile" seaside town. You won't find much in the way of cafes or amusement arcades - as you can see in the picture - just a very good beach and plenty of open spaces. People retire to Dovercourt. People go for walks, along the beach with the dog, or along the front. The shops are a couple of streets inland, enough shops...

  • Walk the sea walls

    The Essex coastline is not particularly inspiring, but when the tide is in and the sun is out it can be very pleasant walking along the sea walls along the estuary of the River Blackwater. In the summer there is always something to watch with dinghy races held at the numerous sailing clubs. In the quieter areas and in the marshy areas behind the...

  • Hanningfield Reservoir

    This is a nature reserve I visited on my free time, not that lakes are rare for someone coming from Finland, but it was nice visiting here and see how things are in England, it was just a short visit this time, I’ll be back.

  • Farming Everywhere!

    I was really surprised at the scale of the farming operations throughout our trip. Essex was no exception, with huge open fields just starting to spring to life wherever we went. However, most of these fields were very pleasing to look at because they covered rolling hills interspersed with thickets of trees. This scene was taken from seconday road...

  • Tilbury Fort

    Tilbury Fort lies on the north bank of the Thames and was constructed in the latter quarter of the 17th century, replacing a small fort or blockhouse built during the reign of Henry VIII (c1539), to protect the approaches to the Thames, and London, from enemy shipping. It Fort is the best preserved example of 17th century military engineering in...

  • A green retreat in Thurrock.

    Not far from the where I worked in Essex was the delightful Langdon Hills Country Park. Some colleagues took me up here in spring one day and it was a world away from the suburbs all around. There are trails through combined woodland and fields and views over the surrounding rolling lowlands. You can access the park from the Laindon Station...

  • Maldon and the Blackwater River.

    Maldon is a picturesque town alongside the Blackwater River, about 15-20 minutes drive from the county capital - Chelmsford.A walk around the town must include a stroll along the river front, where some well known sailing barges, once a common sight on Essex waterways, are moored.Maldon is not served by train, so you must have a car to get there....

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