The Historic town of Maldon sits proudly on a hill but no visit to the district would be complete without a visit to the popular Hythe Quay, where many Thames Barges have been lovingly restored by devoted owners, some are still in use commercially as charter vessels. The Hythe Quay offers historic pubs incorporating The Queens Head and Jolly Sailor both offering fine food. The Edwardian Promenade close to Hythe Quay enjoys stunning riverside walks and large amenity areas, including a children’s splash park, which is ideal for picnics and family days out. Maldon’s Historic High Street offers a unique and individual shopping experience and a Marks & Spencer’s simply food, along with many coffee shops and restaurants. Further information can be found by visiting www.itsaboutmaldon.co.uk. Maldon offers impressive educational facilities with the Plume secondary school recently being given academy status and the Maldon Golf club, please visit www.maldon-golf.co.uk . Maldon is situated on the River Blackwater, but is only 10.6 miles approx from Chelmsford, 6.8 miles approx from Witham railway station giving direct access to London's Liverpool street station. The A12 leading to London is an approx. 15/20 minute drive, and access to the A127 and A13 is via the A130.
Maylandsea is a pleasant village situated on the River Blackwater. Maylandsea Bay Sailing Cub is popular with yachting and boating enthusiasts and pleasant walks can also be enjoyed along the tow path. Maylandsea offers facilities such as local shops incorporating a mini-market, local bars and various take away outlets. Maylandsea is 8.7 miles (14km) from the historic town of Maldon. The nearest railway station, with direct links to London's Liverpool Street Station is in Althorne approximately 4.7 miles (7.6km). Latchingdon is a small village between Maldon and Maylandsea, offering local shops and a pub called The Red Lion. Latchingdon is approximately 6 miles (9.7km) with South Woodham Ferrers being 6.6 miles (10.6km) away.
Other pleasant villages in the immediate area are North Fambridge with railway station giving direct access to London's Liverpool street station, and a popular riverside pub the Ferryboat Inn which is alongside a marina. Cold Norton offers the impressive Three Rivers Golf and Country Club incorporating a gym for further information please visit www.threeriversclub.com. Cold Norton also offers the extremely popular Cold Norton Primary School. There are secondary schools at Maldon, South Woodham Ferrers and Burnham-on-Crouch.