Story and pics contributed by M-L
Once again, Glen organised a treat of a walk – this time to mark the Bank Holiday weekend. Starting from the free car park in front of Maldon’s Community Academy, about 12 of us set off on what Glen promptly renamed the Maldon Melt – with temperatures reaching 30C in the course of the day. While that sounds a bit taxing, most of the route sported a lovely breeze and it was only the last few minutes before our drink stop at the Jolly Sailor pub that I really felt that enough was enough! (a pint of icy soda soon dealt with that).
It was an interesting ten-mile walk (with six-mile option) that took us along riversides and canals in the Maldon and Heybridge areas, beginning with Maldon’s very popular Promenade Park and heading out along the Blackwater Estuary. We had glimpses of Beeleigh Abbey and the attractive weirs and locks at Beeleigh Falls while the pub was situated at the mouth of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation – ice creams were enjoyed on the bank.
The route took us back to Maldon via a path following the River Chelmer – Maldon coming tantalisingly closer and then receding before we finally turned back towards it. A lovely day out with great company as usual. Thanks Glen.