GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Goldhanger Walks

8 miles (12.8 km)

This Essex based village has some lovely river and country trails to try. There's also a 14th century pub and a noteworthy Norman church to see in the village.
This circular walk from the village explores the Goldhanger Creek on the Blackwater Estuary. The area is great for bird watching so be sure to bring your binoculars with you.
The route starts in the village and then follows a footpath south down to the river where there's nice views over Goldhanger Creek to Osea Island. The sea wall footpath then heads east past Gore Saltings to Rolls Farm where you leave the river and turn north along Prentice Hall Lane. You could take a small detour here to visit the village of Tollesbury which lies just to the north east. This route follows a country trail west past Wycke Farm and Joyce's Farm to return to Goldhanger.

Postcode

CM9 8AS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Goldhanger OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Goldhanger Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village head to the Chequers Inn for some post walk refreshment. The historic 14th century inn retains many of its original features and serves good quality traditional food. The attractive pub also includes a garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find them at The Square, 1 Church St, CM9 8AS. Right next door is St Peter's Church which dates from the Norman period.

Dog Walking

The river and country trails make for a fine dog walk and the Chequers mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head west along the river and you could pick up the Maldon Walk. On the walk you'll enjoy nice views of the River Chelmer, the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation Canal, Beeleigh Abbey, Heybridge Basin and the River Blackwater.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.

Photos

Church and Chequers Inn, Goldhanger (geograph 3526396)

View of the Church and Chequers Inn in Goldhanger village.

Goldhanger, Essex (geograph 3406639)

Goldhanger, Essex

Goldhanger Creek - geograph.org.uk - 1044746

Goldhanger Creek. This tidal creek provides moorings for a few boats, but it dries out within two hours of high water.

Goldhanger Creek - geograph.org.uk - 1044760

Goldhanger Creek. The path to the right follows the river wall around the inlet.

Salt Marsh Channel, near Joyce's Farm. - geograph.org.uk - 195676

Salt Marsh Channel, near Joyce's Farm. This channel parallels the sea wall (seen on the left). Reclaimed fields once occupied the land on the right of the channel but they have been allowed to revert to grazing marsh. A few cows were seen in the grass while ducks, herons and swans occupied the channel. This area was famous in Victorian times for its wildfowling. Ducks (like wigeon) were corralled into the covered inlets on the decoy ponds, caught there, killed, and then sent to the London markets.

Salt Marsh Channel, by Gore Saltings. - geograph.org.uk - 195658

Salt Marsh Channel, by Gore Saltings. This is an hour or two after high tide. The dyke is on the left while the channel is running away into the distance to the Blackwater Estuary. On the right is the long spit with Gore Saltings on the other (south) side of it.

Salt Marsh Channel by Thistly Creek. - geograph.org.uk - 195687

Salt Marsh Channel by Thistly Creek. Another channel between sea wall on the left and grazing marsh on the right. A boat is just visible in the foreground which may be used by fishermen or wildfowlers.

The Maldon and District Agricultural and Domestic Museum, Goldhanger, Essex - geograph.org.uk - 172860

The Maldon and District Agricultural and Domestic Museum, Goldhanger, Essex

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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