Lovely day out yesterday to Maldon on the Estuary of the River Blackwater on the Essex coast. After looking round the town we walked along the riverside path to a statue commemorating the Battle of Maldon in 991 where the Vikings defeated the Saxons and about which there is an epic poem. We then turned back through the busy Promenade park towards the salt factory – Maldon Sea Salt is well known. There were a number of brown sailed Thames Sailing barges tied up by the quayside at the Hythe and plenty of small sailing craft. All around was the flat rough land of the estuary with muddy channels and wide skies – bleak and certainly not unattractive. Would be an interesting challenge to paint.
A short drive further on is Heybridge Basin, some quaint buildings by a pretty stretch of canal, the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, with locks at the seaward end. Great weather for mid April!
More information about Maldon here.