No smilies, no avatars, no flashing gifs. Just discuss the issues of the day, from last night's telly via football to science or philosophy.
Started by Shadrack22 on Mar 23, 2021 5:17:17 PM
Five Days in Essex


Wivenhoe. Colchester. Saffron Walden. Tolleshint Major. Arlesford Creek. Chelmsford.

Who’s been there?

Ginmonkey - 23 Mar 2021 17:20:21 (#1 of 71)

My great uncle lived in Saffron Walden. He was a Quaker. That is my Saffron Walden story.

Shadrack22 - 23 Mar 2021 17:23:15 (#2 of 71)

Former home of Steve Marriott of the Small Faces. He died in a house fire in Saffron Walden.

I’m resigned to not going overseas. After last year’s visit to Kent I’m keen to explore another unfamiliar county.

FleurDuMal - 23 Mar 2021 17:45:15 (#3 of 71)

Go to Brentwood, Shadders. You could have a night out in Sugar Hut.

Jacob_Richter - 23 Mar 2021 17:47:39 (#4 of 71)

Thurrock services on the M25. An architectural gem.

Tomnoddy - 23 Mar 2021 18:02:10 (#5 of 71)

Thaxted. Essex is not a bad county to explore, but needs to be accompanied by open pubs.

Hilary - 23 Mar 2021 18:02:19 (#6 of 71)

"If any one were to ask me what in my opinion was the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the Earth, I should decidedly say Chelmsford" - Charles Dickens (Letter to Thomas Beard, January 11, 1835)

xDiggy - 23 Mar 2021 18:03:24 (#7 of 71)

Klevedon Hatch nuclear bunker. May not be open right now.

hailesaladdie - 23 Mar 2021 18:06:26 (#8 of 71)

The echoes of sailors at Harwich. The end of the world and excellent fish on Mersea Island. The coach tour ambiance at Tiptree. Beautiful Dedham Vale for Constable Constable Constable. Rivers and skies at Wivenhoe and Malden. Southend and its insanely long pier. Leigh on Sea for seafood stalls, the old high street and muddy riverscapes - and the walk to Southend.

lallygag - 23 Mar 2021 18:11:48 (#9 of 71)

The Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden is splendid. May not be open right now.

Post by deleted user
FrankieTeardrop - 23 Mar 2021 18:13:07 (#11 of 71)

Blackwater Estuary - where my mum went for summer holidays as a child. Never been there myself, she says it is beautiful

jambeslourdes - 23 Mar 2021 18:23:03 (#12 of 71)

The Thames barges, Blackwater, and the mud at Maldon, seafood on Mersea, Old Leigh, Dedham, Saffron Walden, Osea Island.

I’d probably not bother with Chelmsford, it has limited appeal.

If you go in August you could enter the Maldon Mud Race (it used to be on Boxing Day, but people are too wussy these days).

I grew up between Maldon & Chelmsford, and escaped as soon as possible.

FGBFGB - 23 Mar 2021 18:23:41 (#13 of 71)

Tilbury Fort, modernist East Tilbury.

pranzingfrogg - 23 Mar 2021 18:23:46 (#14 of 71)

Colchester, several times for work purposes. Quite a nice hotel in nearby Mark’s Tey, with pleasant grounds. I could watch rabbits doing what rabbits do from your window. I also stayed at the Rose and Crown in Colchester itself and saw what I think was an egret fishing in the River Colne as I crossed a bridge. There’s a museum at the castle (off East Hill I think) but I never got the chance to visit it.

Chelmsford, almost nothing sticks in my memory except nearly missing my train home.

FGBFGB - 23 Mar 2021 18:24:24 (#15 of 71)

I was just about to recommend Colchester.

Shadrack22 - 23 Mar 2021 18:26:16 (#16 of 71)

This will be early September. Veering towards Wivenhoe.

FGBFGB - 23 Mar 2021 18:27:32 (#17 of 71)

I've long had a hankering for Walton on the Naze, with side trips to Frinton, Clacton and Jaywick.

Sabacious - 23 Mar 2021 18:35:46 (#18 of 71)

Lavenham? Isn’t there the oldest wooden church in Essex? 7th century Saxon affair? Or is that Suffolk?

Post by deleted user
HorstVogel - 23 Mar 2021 18:42:59 (#20 of 71)

I looked in the Internets. Seems you're correct sabs, in Greensted.

Check Subscriptions
Home » Travel