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Sandon Mill

Fri 04 May 2018 19:00

Sandon is a small village just to the east of Chelmsford and despite being only a small number of miles from where I've lived for decades, I don't think I've ever been there. It doesn't help being close to the A12 and A138 which dissect the area and keeps people away from these little settlements.

Sandford Lock

Sandford Lock

I've parked up about half a mile north of the village close and ended up in Storms Way, as there aren't too many places to park near the river Chelmer. It's hard to believe we're only a mile or so away from urban sprawl - it just doesn't seem likely at all.

Sandford Lock

Sandford Lock

River Chelmer

My walk takes me to a canal cut in a loop in the Chelmer, which forms part of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation. I head in the direction away from the A12, which takes me along a very quiet river path, past a lock and over to a vast field with the A138 in the distance.

Barnes Mill Lock

Barnes Mill Lock

I've called this post Sandon Mill but I didn't actually go there. There is a mill by the river (in the section that the cutting took me away from) which has an open day one day every year celebrating the birth of radio - the original 2MT hut is now at the mill. I never remember to go - maybe next April ...

River Chelmer

River Chelmer

River Chelmer

Article written Fri 04 May 2018 19:00, last modified Mon 07 May 2018 13:00

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