If you find yourself with a day to spare and you're not on the water, then there is much to see and do in the local area...
A popular place to visit is Maldon, once a very busy ancient port and is steeped in maritime history. Have a walk around Hythe Quay and see the huge collection of original Thames Barges and maritime museums (including the Museum of Power), take part in one of the evening 'Ghost walks' or dine in one of the many superb restaurants.
The famous, historic sailing town of Burnham On Crouch is only 15 minutes (or two stops) away on the train heading eastwards towards Southminster. Alternatively, it is a pleasant 3-4 hour walk along the level sea wall from our Yacht Station, taking in all the sights along the river as you go. Burnham has several excellent restaurants, Mangapps Railway museum, a town museum, many yacht clubs and a selection of well stocked chandleries. It's also a great place to stock up on general stores from one of its many shops and supermarkets.
South Woodham Ferrers
SWF is one stop away on the train heading towards London. Here you will find Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park where children can get close to farm animals and play safely in one of their adventure play areas. There is also a popular Butterfly Centre, a Country Park, which boasts excellent coastal walks and superb views of the River Crouch, and a very large 24-hour ASDA supermarket.
The next stop on the train heading west after SWF is Battlesbridge. This peaceful village on the River Crouch is home to a number of antique shops, a craft centre and a Motorcycle museum! This small village is still a registered port!
- Michael Sullivan, visitor