Essex Smugglers

Essex Smugglers

Departing Suffolk & Essex - An interesting day out with a Blue Badge Guide visiting some beautiful countryside rich in history, stories and folklore.

An Essex Smuggling tour can show you colourful barges and sailing villages with weather-boarded cottages. All alongside a landscape of intrigue, ghostly tales and romance as we travel along a small part of the coastline whose flat nature made it the perfect venue for the smuggler-of-old!

 

We start our day at Tiptree Jam Museum and Shop. There is a fine Tea Room here serving a range of refreshments often accompanied by Tiptree’s famous jam.  Alternatively, you may wish to visit their Shop to purchase local produce including Jam and even Maldon Sea Salt, or perhaps take the time to visit the on-site Museum. 

 

Our lunchtime stop will be at Maldon Hythe Quay. Maldon is an ancient riverside town, scene of an epic battle and home to Maldon Sea Salt. Your Blue Badge Guide will take you on a short, optional guided walking tour of Maldon Hythe Quay with views over the River Blackwater and a famous 10th Century battle site. Thames Barges are often seen moored up at the Hythe Quay. 

 

After lunch our scenic Essex drive takes us across the Causeway to the most easterly inhabited island – Mersea Island and included refreshments.

 

Approximate Timings

11.00              Arrive at Tiptree for opportunity to purchase refreshments (free flow)

12.00              Depart Tiptree and travel to Maldon

14.00              Depart Maldon for drive to Mersea Island

15.00              Arrive Mersea Island for included tea and cake and optional guided walk

16.15              Depart Mersea

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Colchester United FC Colchester United FC, United Way CO4 5UP (off A12)
Parking £6 per day. Please contact 01206 540424.
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
East Bergholt Bus Lay By East Bergholt Bus Lay By @ Junction B1070/A12
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Felixstowe-Premier Inn Felixstowe Bus Stop opp Permier Inn, Garrison Ln
Ipswich Railway Station Ipswich Railway Station, Burrell Road, IP2 8AL
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Trimley St Martin (PH) Trimley St Martin - Opp Hand in Hand Public House,
IP11 0RL
Trimley St Martin (Reeve) Trimley St Martin, Reeve Lodge,
Trimley St Mary (Sprites) Trimley St Mary, Opp Sprites Hall Lane,
Trimley St Mary Bus Stop Trimley St Mary, Bus Stop, Nr Station Road,
Walton - Half Moon Walton, Half Moon Public House,IP11 9QL
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