Beeleigh Falls- Essex Walks

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.

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Promenade Fun

Promenade park is situated in Maldon, Essex alongside the River Blackwater and is the perfect place to visit as there is something to do for everyone of all ages….

-The Splash Park
-Sand Pits
-Model Boating Lake
-Children’s Playgrounds
-Picnic Areas
-Play Galleon and Forts with an Aerial Runway
-Crabbing
-BMX and Skate Park
-Boat Trips

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The park is a favourite of my boys and we always spend a day there when visiting Nanny. There is so much to do that they never tire of keeping them self entertained.
The youngest boys love the sand pit area which is at the end of the ornamental lake and right next to refreshment kiosk. The Pit also has water play equipment in it, the children love to pump the water up and watch it travel down the cut out logs and onto the sand, the children enjoy digging out channels in the sand so that the water travels further away.

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We ordered a couple of coffees and some raspberry slushes for the children and sat down at a table which was next to the sand pit and watched the children play in the sand. They quickly made friends and working together they planned out a way of getting the water from the pump to a hole that they dug out.
Oliver loved jumping from the sand into the water trying to see how big of a splash he could make.

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After about an hour and half of sand play we made our way over to the Galleon play area for a little adventure play before heading on ver to the splash Park.

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The children could play in here for hours without getting bored, Oliver loved going down the bumpy slide and Joseph like climbing all over the wooden boat.
Wherever there are children and a football my eldest will seek them out, he is always disappearing and I will always find him on the grass running around with other children, I love how confident he is with joining in with other children’s play.

When we first arrived at the park we booked onto a session in the water Splash area, the sessions cost £2 each and last for about half hour. Once your booked on your given a coloured wristband depending on what session and a receipt.
After a short play in the play area it was time to head on over to the Splash park in time for our session to start. It was a lovely hot day and after a long play it was much needed to cool the boys down.

Oliver spent the whole time running around the splash area following the yellow markings on the floor and running through the puddles.

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He even plucked up the courage to sit underneath a water fall

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The eldest two went from one water play to another, trying to get as wet as possible

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It was hard not getting wet surrounded by so many water fountains turning on and off and shooting water out of the ground.

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I love to watch my boys enjoy themselves, after our time was up we made our way back to the car for a little picnic. The car was parked at the edge of a field so we put up a little tent and the boys sat inside and ate their food.

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We spent the rest of the day having running races, playing frisbee and kicking a football about whilst relaxing next to the car and eating. It was perfect summers day.

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A fun day out at Promenade Park

The boys love to play in a park and the moment I say to them that we are going out for a play they get really excited.

Last week we spent a few days at Nanny’s house which is near to Maldons promenade park, the park is set aside the River Blackwater and has many things to keep the children entertained, a wooden ship play area, boats, crabbing, splash park, play areas and sand pits.

We packed up a picnic and off we set ready for a day of fun!

As soon as we arrived at the park were our way to the splash park, we bought our wristbands which cost £2 per person for half hour, the boys stripped down to their swimming trunks and as soon as they opened the gates off they ran to get a soaking.

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Oliver normally loves to play in water but he had just woken up and just wanted to run along in the water that was at the side, he still enjoyed splashing around with his hands and feet but saint pluck up enough courage to run through the jet sprays of water or stand under the waterfall.

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After 30 minutes of wet play the whistle blew and it was time to dry off and make our way out of the splash area.

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Joseph wanted to go play on the big wooden ship, the boys hd so much fun chasing each other around pretending to be pirates, I on the other hand just chased Oliver around, he’s like Usain Bolt when it comes to play areas! He loved climbing up the stairs and running around the ship and going down the many slides that were there, his favourite was the curly slide.
We found a wheel on the ship that was a clock with all the numbers on it, Oliver pointed out the numbers to me and spent a while turning the wheel and doing his numbers.

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It was nearly time for some food so we went to a quieter area in the park where there is a little sand pit, a water wheel and some grass to sit on, it’s right next to a little cafe so we got to sit and relax while the boys played in the sand. Joseph spent his time gathering water from the tap and moving it the sand to make a moat.
Oliver found a little friend who he had running races with, they ran down a hill together, saying 1,2,3 GO! Off they went racing away

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We all had a really fun day, the splash park is an ideal place for the children to cool down on a hot summers day and the play areas are brilliant for the children to spend hours playing away and using their imaginations.

Before leaving for home we found a nice little spot to take a picture of Nanny with her boys

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A day at the park, sand and monsters

Nanny took us to the park today near where she lives. Maldon Promenade Park is a fabulous place to visit and makes a brilliant day out. The park is set alongside the river Blackwater where you can enjoy a spot of crabbing, a boat trip or just enjoy the views of the estuary.
As its bank holiday today the park had inflatables there of many sizes for the children to enjoy. It was Oliver’s first time on a bouncy castle at first he wasn’t sure but he soon got used to bouncy about and really enjoyed falling over.

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One of the inflatables was a small assault course where the children went up one side by ladder steps, once at the top through a tunnel and then down the slide at the other end. Oliver climbed his way to the top all by himself, he didn’t want any help and was very adamant in doing with out my help.

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His favourite one was a bouncy castle that was also a ball pit, he just say there and threw the balls about and giggled whilst doing it.

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Joseph spent his time going on the big inflatables, he loved the assault course where there were lots of climbing up ropes, weaving through poles and clambering over walls and a big slide to come down at the end.

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The park boasts two play areas one that is climbing frame in the shape of a galleon that sits in sand and is right next to the splash park and another that is the traditional park with swings and slides.

The boys played in a sand pit that was next to a cafe. In the sand there was a wooden water pump and the children enjoyed digging channels for the water to flow through.
Oliver sat down with his bucket and spade and tried his best to fill it up but couldn’t quite judge it right and kept missing the bucket. I built him a castle but he jumped onto it and
Knocked it over, he thought this was very funny.

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After a couple of hours the boys were getting tired so we went off for a walk through the trees in search on monsters. Joseph hunted high and
Low, behind trees, in lakes, in the grass and over bridges but much to his disappointment we didn’t find one monster.

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The boys had a brilliant day at the park and there was so much more to do there, BMX track, model boating lake, skateboard park, football pitches, mazes, fun fair and lots of grass to run around on. We noticed that there were lots of family’s there that had come for the day with their gazebos and were having BBQ’s, what a great idea. We have decided to organise a day like that for our family next year.

thank you for reading 🙂

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