Maldon and its surrounding area is a wonderful, scenic area with its wild-life rich coastline, canals and waterways, quaint villages and lush, green countryside which make it an ideal destination for a variety of activities.
Cycling in Maldon and the surrounding area is a very popular pastime. Situated centrally between London and Ipswich/Harwich makes it an ideal stop-over for cyclists on longer routes. The Limes offers secure storage for cycles and equipment and an off-road car park, so you can totally relax and explore what Maldon has to offer.
There are dozens of walks to suit all levels in and around Maldon. With wonderful canal walks such as can be started at Picnic Lock with parking and other amenities, to bracing estuary walks in both directions from Heybridge Basin or more gentle walks in the countryside or to historic sites such as St Peter’s chapel.
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There is some great Sailing to be had in and around Maldon and the Blackwater estuary. Maldon has its own sailing club on the upper reaches of the Blackwater with comprehensive facilities for cruisers and dinghies.
Maldon and its surrounding area have some great golf courses suitable for all levels. Within a few miles, there is Maldon Golf Club, Forrester Park Golf Club, Bunsay Downs Golf Club, Benton Hall Golf Club, Braxted Park Golf Club etc.
Thames barge and river Blackwater trips
Maldon is privileged to be the home of several working Thames barges such as the famous Hydrogen and Thistle. Why not experience a bit of history by taking a trip on one of these wonderful old ladies of the sea or on more modern vessels such as The Viking. For those that prefer something more sedate, you can always try a canal trip with Paper Mill Lock Cruises.
Every year more than 300,000 people visit Maldon’s famous Promenade Park that now covers 58 acres since its recent improvements programme.
Although it is an ideal destination all year round, the Easter holidays are an ideal time to visit and there is plenty to keep people of all ages amused, which makes it a great destination for a day out with all generations of the family.
At the heart of the park is a scenic ornamental lake with fountains and resident swans and ducks. There is also a purpose-built boating lake to for sailing miniature craft and for children to try their hands at crabbing.
And there is plenty more in the park for the youngsters to enjoy too. Now the focal point is the galleon play area – a huge ship-shaped adventure playground with plenty of scope for climbing, jumping and imaginative games. The aerial runway is a real test of bravery, while for younger children, the splash park has been a popular addition. This area of fountains and water spouts is designed for kids to run around in and cool off on a hot summer’s day. For older children there’s a skate park and BMX track and there’s also a traditional swing park as well as a maze and a wildlife garden to keep them amused.
However, many people of all ages go to Promenade Park for the simple pleasure of walking beside the water at Hythe Quay and appreciating the different craft that still float on the water. Traditional Thames barges are a common sight and many have been restored to working order and take passengers on trips along the coast. There are sailing boats too and, moored along the promenade, they often draw a crowd of interested onlookers who like to watch the craftsmen carrying out maintenance and painstaking restoration work.
Eagle-eyed visitors might also spot the wading birds and other wildfowl that call the Blackwater home and it is not unusual to spy a seal basking in the mud. There is plenty of other wildlife to admire too and many birds, animals and insects are attracted by more than 1,000 trees that make the park green and pleasant. Avenues of horse chestnuts, cherry plums and hawthorns are among the 65 species of tree to be found in the park and there are guided walks to help visitors to identify them all. Bats are a real twilight feature of the park in the summer and autumn months and bat boxes have been installed all around the park to encourage them to nest and roost.
For even more activities, take a look at our ‘Visit Maldon‘ page