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3rd May 2019

Exploring the Blackwater on foot or by bike!

0When you stay at Osea Meadows there are two items you should never forget to pack; your walking boots and your bike!

Our location on the banks of the Blackwater Estuary makes an ideal base to explore the network of paths, cycle routes and narrow country roads that surrounds our site. If your boots are made for walking let the sea breeze be your friend and tramp the paths to Tollesbury. Here you’ll find an historic fishing village surrounded by mudflats and renowned for its oyster harvest. Before you head back on the estuarine path, treat yourself to a homemade pub lunch at The Kings Head. To discover more about Tollesbury visit – https://www.visitmaldondistrict.co.uk/explore/tollesbury.aspx

We’re also just a stroll from the picturesque Heybridge Basin. Here you’ll need to head south along the river path which offers stunning views over the Blackwater. At Heybridge you can explore the canal network of the Blackwater and Chelmer. Stop here for refreshment at The Jolly Sailor or The Old Ship, sit back and admire the lock system and pretty boats on the canal. If you’re looking for a longer walk, carry on a couple more miles to the historic maritime town of Maldon. Here you’ll find traditional Thames sailing barges, independent boutiques and of course the town’s world-famous Maldon Sea Salt. To learn more about Heybridge Basin – http://www.visitmaldon.co.uk/heybridge-basin/

Experiencing Essex by bike is another great way to explore the county’s countryside. Invest in an Ordnance Survey map and create a route which winds through country roads, past quaint villages and takes in the best pubs! Nearby you’ll find the villages of Tolleshunt D’Arcy and the Tothams; all have their own unique charm, from historic buildings and traditional pubs, to churches and charming cafés.

Cycle the 2012 Olympic Mountain Biking course

If you’re looking for a challenge, why not pack the bike onto the car and drive to Hadleigh Country Park, where you can ride the 2012 Olympic mountain biking course. Some of the more extreme features have been smoothed out, but you are still promised some two-wheel thrills over the vast routes that are available to ride. You can also hire bikes at the park and eat in its café. To discover more, visit www.hadleigh-park.co.uk

Walking and cycling mini-breaks are ideal for families or a group of like-minded friends. To discover glamping and camping options at Osea Meadows, visit www.osealeisure.com