England Journals

The Natural Attractions of Essex

A travel journal to England by Machair1

West Mersea Photo, More Photos
Quote: This journal covers several natural attractions within the county of Essex

Paper Mill Lock (Chelmsford)

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Paper Mill Lock (Chelmsford) Photo,
In the later years of my childhood I lived in a small village called Little Baddow, which is only a few miles from Chelmsford in Essex. The village is a stark contrast to the suburban outskirts of the town, and most of the village is located along a hill, which if you follow it from the top leads to the quiet and picturesque Chelmer and Blackwater Canal.It is unspoilt, and the area around the lock at the bottom of the hill is particularly beautiful. The canal here is speckled with brightly coloured boats, and the towpath walk which hugs the waterway will take you as far as you want to go - right to Maldon and left to Chelmsford. This walk will take you in either direction through unspoilt ...Read More

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Paper Mill Lock (Chelmsford)
Paper Mill Lock, North Hill, Little Baddow
Chelmsford, England
+44 01245 225520

West Mersea Photo,
There is nothing more romantic than islands in my opinion, and I have one almost on my doorstep - Mersea. Situated between the estuaries of the Colne and Blackwater rivers with a population of 6500, it is an island of contrasts. The West is a beach hut lined coastline with views out to the now decommissioned Bradwell Power Station. I know this sounds dreadful - but it isn't - the view is vast beyond this landmark, and picturesque boats and sails illuminate the foreground. The East is a mud flat haven for walkers seeking solace in a landscape which has water in almost every direction, and a shell covered beach with is literally more shells than sand. For me it is a place of great escape from the suburb...Read More