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The two adjacent settlements of Maldon and Heybridge are connected by many things including the causeway which drives traffic and residents between the two towns. Heybridge was the older of the places and was originally a saxon settlement. Although close together the areas were developed as two seperate towns. Even though Maldon was always the bigger of the two areas, Heybridge is where the majority of industry grew around the Bentalls area to take advantage of the Heybridge Basin docks.
The River Blackwater enters Maldon from the Blackwater Estuary and snakes past Promenade Park close to where the Battle of Maldon took place. It then heads towards Witham and joins the river Chelmer. Also from the estuary, the Chelmer and Blackwater Canal enters Heybridge Basin from the sea lock at the Blackwater Estuary. The canal was created to allow sea vessels and boats to head up to Springfield in Chelmsford around 14 miles away to unload their cargo.
Even though commercial use of the canal has long since stopped, it is now used by leisure craft, walkers and tourists that enjoy the beautiful walks along the canal. This is just one of the features that join Maldon and Heybridge together and unite it’s residents.
Visit Navigation Walks…..In the heart of Essex, the rivers Chelmer and Blackwater blend into a navigation, flowing through the countryside to the sea at Heybridge Basin. The navigation is now a wonderful place to enjoy the scenery and take a stroll, as it is no longer used to transport goods. A colourful booklet has been produced by Essex County Council featuring six walks on and around the towpath, between Chelmsford and Heybridge Basin. The walks range from a gentle stroll on the sea wall to the whole length of the towpath totalling 15 miles.
Heybridge Basin Vintage Army Rally: On Sunday the 11th December the Vintage Army were back in the Basin after an absence of 10 years with its annual Christmas meeting of military vehicles, past and present.
War time trucks to armoured vehicles and enthusiasts from all over the county brought their lovingly restored vehicles and memorabilia for all to see and offer information as to the history of each project. Click here for pictures.
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