National Trust properties
This stunning half-timbered Tudor merchant’s house with a beautiful and tranquil cottage garden is complimented by a lovely tea room and well stocked gift shop.
Built as a banquet hall in Elizabethan times, this charming folly was converted into a mill in the 19th century and continued working until the 1930s.
Hatfield Forest is the best surviving example in the country (it was founded by Henry I in around 1100), and is home to more than 3,500 species of flora and fauna.
Just upstream from Flatford Mill, the restored thatched 16th century cottage houses an exhibition about John Constable, several of whose paintings depict this property and surrounding countryside.
A magnificent timber-framed barn dating from the 13th century constructed for the monks of the nearby Cistercian Abbey. There is an exhibition on the history of the barn.
This is the second largest heathland in Essex with clear streams, valleys, mighty oaks and chestnuts and great spottng reptiles (including adders), nesting birds and insects.
A visit to the wood in spring will not only provide a feast for the eyes when the bluebells are in flower, you may also hear nightingales sing.
A remote island in the Blackwater Estuary. Visiting Northey is a unique pleasure. As well as being a SSSI site, it is also the site of the Battle of the Maldon 991, Britain’s oldest recorded battlefield site.
Once the home to a medieval motte and bailey castle, all that can be seen today are the earthwork remains which is a green oasis with an urban wildlife haven and sweeping views across the Crouch Valley.
This charming house is one of the country’s finest examples of an early 18th century merchant’s home. It's surrounded by a contrasting landscape of big skies, wild marshland and thriving industry.
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