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The closest you'll get to true wilderness in Essex
A remote island in the Blackwater Estuary and cut off at high tide, visiting Northey's a unique pleasure.
Northey was to become the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain when Viking raiders used the island as a base during the Battle of Maldon in AD991, an encounter also mentioned in England's earliest known poem.
Today the island's a little more tranquil, but crossing the causeway at low tide is still an exhilerating experience. A peaceful haven for wildlife, we're a bird watchers paradise and an excellent spot for twitching. In winter our pastureland becomes home to 5,000 Brent geese, along with redshank and plover.
Please note: To help us care for Northey, access is by advance permit only; please call us on 01621 853142 or email to arrange a visit. Northey House and outbuildings are let on a private lease and are not open to visitors.