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Exquisite Vineyards, Gardens and Sailing the Blackwater

New Hall Vineyard


Day 1 


Stay at Crouch Ridge Vineyard where the old Dairy has been lovingly restored into self-catering cottages with stunning views overlooking the Vineyard and the River Crouch.  Pre-book onto a tour and tasting experience: a private tour of the vineyard with the owner, a sparkling afternoon tea/wine tasting package or a Gold Tour paired with a cheese or charcuterie board to complement the wine or simply enjoy a meal and some great English wine.
Go by train, car or stroll along the sea wall to Burnham-on-Crouch, spotting wildfowl and wading birds that feed on the salt marsh along the way.  You’ll see sailing boats from Burnham which is known for its annual sailing regatta in August.  From Burnham you can take the ferry across to the RSPB nature reserve at Wallasea Island and watch seals sunbathing on the banks.


Day 2 


The nearby, historic town of Maldon has quaint cafes, independent shops, historic churches and pleasant walks along the scenic River Blackwater.  
Pre-book a Thames Sailing Barge experience with Top-Sail Charters whose magnificent, vintage sailing barges set sail from Maldon Quay. Choose from a full day sail, taking in the creeks and estuaries along the coastline, a brunch, morning coffee or afternoon tea shorter cruise or a ‘Hands On’ Sail Day, an interactive experience where you learn how to sail the barge. The privately owned Osea Island and National Trust owned Northey Island, just offshore, can be seen from the barge.
The Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Hyde Hall are only a few miles away from Maldon where you’ll find a mix of traditional and modern themed gardens, nestled in a lovely part of rural Essex.  Highlights include the Dry Garden where drought resistant, sun-loving plants thrive, the Hilltop Garden with its collection of roses and views of the rolling countryside and the Global Growth Vegetable Garden which supplies fresh produce to the garden’s restaurant and café.
 

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  1. Crouch Ridge Vineyard

    Nr Chelmsford

    Crouch Ridge Vineyard overlooks the River Crouch. We produce and sell award winning single variety still and sparkling wines from grapes grown at the vineyard.
    Come for the wine and stay for the view

  2. Topsail Charters

    Maldon

    Historic sailing barges ‘Hydrogen’ and ‘Thistle’ are available for regular public cruises and also for private hire for groups up to 50 from a variety of East Coast locations including Maldon and Ipswich.

  3. RHS Garden Hyde Hall

    Chelmsford

    Set in the heart of rural Essex, and enjoying stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, RHS Hyde Hall is one of the finest gardens in the East of England and is a haven of peace and tranquillity.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Crouch Ridge Vineyard (51.65477,0.75771)Topsail Charters (51.72949,0.68789)8.65
Topsail Charters (51.72949,0.68789)RHS Garden Hyde Hall (51.66806,0.57236)9.45
Total Distance *18.1 miles
Estimated Journey Time35 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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