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Essex Smugglers

Essex Smugglers

journey into Essex which has over 300 miles of coastline including mudflats and creeks.

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We journey into Essex which has over 300 miles of coastline including mudflats and creeks. It is a stunning sea landscape of sandy beaches, inlets and hidden coves where the historic smuggler knew how to navigate the tides over the flat waterways and evade the 18th Century customs men as they smuggled in brandy, gin and even soap. There are tales of intrigue, ghosts and romance as the flat nature of Essex made it the perfect venue for the smuggler of old.


Along the way we see the beautiful water aspect of Essex. We start the morning at Abberton Visitor Centre which has stunning views over the reservoir. There is a tea room and shop on site, or you may prefer to walk to one of their bird hides.


From Abberton we continue our tales tour to Maldon’s scenic Hythe Quay with its collection of Thames Barges.


Our final visit of the day will be Battlesbridge Antiques Centre which is home to approximately 70 dealers selling their antiques housed in a collection of historic buildings on the banks of the River Crouch.


Approximate Timings

10.15am Visit to Abberton Visitor Centure

11.30am Depart

12 noon Arrive Maldon for optional guided walk and opportunity to purchase lunch.

1.30pm Depart Maldon

2.00pm Arrive Battlesbridge

3.30pm Depart Battlesbridge

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Colchester United FC Colchester United FC, United Way CO4 5UP (off A12)
Book parking @
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
East Bergholt Bus Lay By East Bergholt Bus Lay By @ Junction B1070/A12
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Felixstowe-Premier Inn Felixstowe Bus Stop opp Premier Inn, Garrison Ln
Ipswich Railway Station Ipswich Railway Station, Burrell Road, IP2 8AL
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Trimley St Martin (PH) Trimley St Martin - Opp Hand in Hand Public House,
IP11 0RL
Trimley St Martin (Reeve) Trimley St Martin, Reeve Lodge,
Trimley St Mary (Sprites) Trimley St Mary, Opp Sprites Hall Lane,
Trimley St Mary Bus Stop Trimley St Mary, Bus Stop, Nr Station Road,
Walton - Half Moon Walton, Half Moon Public House,IP11 9QL

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Galloway Travel Group, Denters Hill,
Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5RR

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