Jan
6

Maldon and Heybridge Basin Circular walk (with pub stop) (38621)

Event Overview

Time to blow the January blues away, start the year with a blast of fresh air and burn off some of the excess from Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The Maldon and Heybridge Basin is a circular walk starting and finishing at All Saints Church Maldon and will be approximately 8 miles.   Meeting at All Saints Church, Maldon, we'll take a walk through the town down to the River Chelmer, visit the Byrhtnoth statue then head out and around Heybridge Basin.  Half way around the basin where the River Chelmer enters the basin by the Heybridge Lock we'll stop for lunch - here there are some pubs and a Tiptree tea room - as we're a big ...

Time to blow the January blues away, start the year with a blast of fresh air and burn off some of the excess from Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The Maldon and Heybridge Basin is a circular walk starting and finishing at All Saints Church Maldon and will be approximately 8 miles.   Meeting at All Saints Church, Maldon, we'll take a walk through the town down to the River Chelmer, visit the Byrhtnoth statue then head out and around Heybridge Basin.  Half way around the basin where the River Chelmer enters the basin by the Heybridge Lock we'll stop for lunch - here there are some pubs and a Tiptree tea room - as we're a big group getting a seat here may be tricky as it's very popular, but we can see on the day depending on numbers.  As we start early to capture the day light we may be lucky.

After lunch we'll loop back up along the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, back in to Maldon and finish where we started, and finish off with a well earned drink before we all head off home.

 

 

 

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What to bring

Please dress for the weather - you'll need decent walking shoes or boots and layers to keep you both warm and cool, depending on the weather. 

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

The aim is to stop in Heybridge basin where there is a pub and a Tiptree team room.  However we cannot guanratee they'll be able to seat us all for food so please plan to bring a packed lunch.

Meeting & Times

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Event limits: These are set to satisfy our insurers, and by popular consent. If the event is full when you register, you will appear on the 'waiting list'. Places often become available at short notice and are filled on a first-registered, first-served basis. Your profile messaging settings can enable you to receive a prompt should this happen. Many day walk events do have space when the day comes along.

Changes of plan: Please make sure you are able to go. If circumstances have changed please be courteous and un-register quickly! This will free up a space for someone else.

What about the weather: Outdoorlads events usually go ahead whatever the weather. If you are properly kitted out then rain, cold, or wind won't bother you. If there’s a severe weather warning and we do postpone, the event page will alter to clearly show this at least 12 hours prior, and the leader will send you a private message. In case of doubt, always check the website before setting off.

If you can't make it and it is too late to unregister: There is no need to call the event leader, but it may mean someone else looses out. So an apology left below on this event page would be appreciated, and may avoid a 'failed to attend' note being recorded on your profile.

If you are late: Latecomers keep everyone else standing about, and upset the event timing meaning people miss trains home etc, so the event will normally start on time.  Sometimes we can advise a place you can meet us further along the route. So if you are delayed, to contact the leader call the ODL HQ on 0161 420 0001, then at the voice prompt press 1 followed by the event number shown above; this will transfer you to the leader's mobile….if he has a signal.

During the event: It may seem obvious, but please keep with the group. People who go on ahead or lag behind can upset others, and make it hard for the leader. The walk difficulty indicator gives an idea of how fit you need to be. If you feel ill or have a problem do tell the leader straight away; if you need to drop out there may be a place you can wait for a lift, or catch a bus back. If you need to stop briefly please tell someone, so you are not left behind.

Route plans: please note these are only a guide. The leader may modify the route on the day due to various factors. Please do not try to rendezvous with us, as we cannot guarantee we will be anywhere at a particular place or time.

If it's your first event: Don't worry! Outdoorlads members come from all walks of life and are as varied as our events. You will meet some nice mates and have a great time. The Event Leader will ensure you are made welcome and introduced to others. Do feel free to message the leader and ask to meet beforehand if you wish.

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Who is your leader?

Hi there,

 

I'm Neil and I'll be leading this event for you.  I've been an ODL member for 7 years and became a walk leader for the group in 2016 - which I love doing.  If you're new to ODL make sure you drop me a message so I can say hi and welcome you and if you have any questions you're very welcome to ask.

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Event Reference No:
38621