Beeleigh falls is one of the best kept secrets of Essex. A series of platforms, falls and locks, where the river Chelmer and Blackwater meet.
It’s no Niagara but it is definitely a little bit of paradise in Essex.
Last weekend, the family and I went along to explore the area. Nanny lives very close and although we have heard of the place we have never actually been there.
The sun was shining and we wanted to take the boys out for a long walk, so we headed on over to The Blackwater Rail Trail. A route that takes you along the old disused Witham to Maldon Railway Track. After walking along through the trees for about 20 minutes, we noticed on the map that we was close to Beeleigh Falls. Having no idea what it was that we were heading towards but the boys wanted to explore, we decided to make a detour.
We followed the path through Elms Farm Park, alongside the lake, where we saw the cutest dogs cooling down from the heat of the sun swimming in the lake.
We soon saw a sign for Beeleigh Locks pointing over a very old bridge.
The bridge crossed over the Chelmer and Bridgewater Navigation. The views down the river were beautiful. It was so green and peaceful.
Walking alongside the Golf Course we soon came to the first lock
Walking along the river brought back memories of when I was a child and walking along the canals where we used to live in Yorkshire.
Our afternoon leisurely stroll was turning out to be a perfect day out.
Just past the first lock and we could soon hear the gushing noise coming from the falls/weir.
We was greeted by the such beauty. Who would have thought that this natural delight was hiding behind the busy roads of Maldon, roads that we use all the time.
The water glistened as the sun shone down onto it. Reflections of trees and wild shrubs looked back at us as the gentle breeze rustled in the trees. There was every shade of green on the spectrum. It was calm and peaceful.
A perfect end to a countryside walk.
We have definitely found a new favourite place to visit in the future.