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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.

An island at the heart of the new Marine Conservation Zone designation, we're also a pioneering site for managing coastal change in East Anglia.

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.

 © Paul Chaplin

Get set for Castaway 2014

Castaway returns on 13 - 15 June. Join us for a weekend away with plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful Essex coast and a unique chance to visit the island at high tide.

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