The Saltmarsh Coast is a special place and it's not just us who think so…

Thousands of birds come here for their winter break or to have a family, with plenty of places to stay, from mudflats to shell banks and for those looking for superior quality, the Saltmarshes provide it all. The area totals 7,700 acres, is deemed a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance.

While you consider if Saltmarsh75 is an event for you, let us give you some idea of what you might see or experience while out on the Saltmarsh Coast.


Maldon Hythe Quay
Lady on bench
North Fambridge sunset

If you are busy in October, or you think 75 miles might be a bit too much in one weekend, why not take your time and visit the Maldon District at your leisure? This area of Essex is not your typical summer seaside resort, although we do agree everything looks better in the sun. If you like birds, we recommend a winter stay, as the mud flats come alive with Waders and Dark Bellied Brent Geese. Or perhaps May might suit you better, when you are likely to see common seals with their pups. No matter what time of year, the Saltmarsh Coast has plenty to see and even more to explore.

The Maldon District is home to a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, from hotels and B&B’s, to self-catering properties and camp sites. Check out the accommodation page for more information.
Why not explore a bit more of the area? The Maldon District has something for everyone, from heritage and museums, to boat trips and nature reserves. Check out our 'Things to Do' page to discover its attractions.
Maldon District Events
If you're unable to attend the Saltmarsh75, why not see what other events in the Maldon District can fit into your schedule? Click here to check out our events listing and to find out what else is going on in the Maldon District.


The White Harte, Burnham on Crouch
Burnham-on-Crouch is a historic maritime town with a long history of boat building and oyster fishing. With wide pavements all along the river, the path takes you past an eclectic mix of architecture, which reflects its maritime heritage.
WW2 Pillbox
From Burnham-on-Crouch towards Bradwell, you will approach the longest and most remote part of the Maldon District. You will pass a unique Scheduled Ancient Monument, a World War II minefield control tower which is the only one of its kind in England.
St Peters on the Wall, Bradwell
The Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall, at Bradwell-on-Sea, is a Grade I listed building and was built in 654AD. It is among the oldest largely intact Christian churches in England. This hugely spiritual place is the ideal place to go for some peace and quiet.
Hythe Quay
As you approach Maldon, you will see Northey Island, which is owned by the National Trust. It was the site of one of the most famous battles in Anglo-Saxon history, the Battle of Maldon 991AD. As you continue through to Promenade Park, you will see the iconic red sails of the Thames Sailing Barges, which are moored at the Hythe Quay. You might even be lucky enough on your journey to spot one in sail, as they often take visitors out on trips.
Heybridge Basin Canal and the Old Ship Pub

This part of the coast is where the river joins the Chelmer and Blackwater Canal via a sea lock, making this one of the most popular areas in the Maldon District. Heybridge Basin is a hive of activity, probably due to its two pubs and the Tiptree Jam tearoom, as well as its scenic location by the water. Many an hour could be spent watching the tide come and go, whilst obviously enjoying a scone or two in the process.

Sail Lofts Tollesbury
Tollesbury is home to two nature reserves and has maze like channels that twist and turn, creating inlets and creeks. The scenic landscape of Tollesbury is popular with those on land, as well as those on the water. A red lightvessel can been seen in the distance, which is now used as an activity venue for school excursions. The historic sail lofts will be a welcome sight, especially if cake is a mandatory requirement for a day out.