Tue 22 May 2018 16:30One of the best places to walk in Essex are trails created out of former railway lines. There aren't many - the Flitch Way is one - but I'm in Langford today to walk a little bit of the old Witham to Maldon line.
In fact I've actually parked up at the edge of Heybridge close to Elms Farm Park. I've previously tried to park in Langford and there is virtually nowhere in the village to leave your car - I almost got locked in the church car park last time (the church doubles as a village store in the morning).
The railway line, like many others, was closed in the 1960s and virtually nothing remains of the old Langford and Ulting station, which was originally built in 1848. Langford has a population of only 161 today so you wonder how you could justify building stations in these small places.
All that really remains of the station is the platform (unless you count the station house too). I first came here about four years ago and the platform was barely visible and very overgrown. It was cleaned up some time last year and there's now an information board and a new olde-style railway sign there too.
This section of the trail isn't too long and before long you find yourself on the main(ish) road that goes from Heybridge to Langford and onto Hatfield Peverel, past the previously-mentioned church - the 12th century St Giles - and on towards the Museum Of Power.
As it's a Tuesday I find the museum closed (it's closed on Mondays too) but I saw a very small sign just before it pointing to Maldon Golf Club. I thought that might be a good idea to get away from the increasing traffic.
What I didn't realise is that it's a back way towards Beeleigh Lock and the "Beeleigh Falls", a drop of a few feet which the locals dub "the biggest waterfall in Maldon".
The Chelmer and Blackwater meet here along with the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation although I'm never quite sure which one's which.
Definitely a beautiful place to stop and spend half an hour.
Article written Tue 22 May 2018 16:30, last modified Wed 23 May 2018 17:00