Northey Island circular walk, Maldon, Essex

Walking trail

Starting and finishing in Maldon. Northey Island is a remote island in the Black-water Estuary that's cut off at high tide. It's the closest you'll get to true wilderness in Essex. Only really suitable for those of an active nature. Don't forget the wellingtons....

Safety issues

Due to the nature of the tides in the Blackwater, we ask that you arrange your visit to the island by emailing in advance to book your visit. Check tide times - the causeway is covered and not passable for three hours either side of high tide. Check tide times in external links at bottom of page.


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Maldon Marine Parade Recreation Ground Car Park


Park in Marine Parade Promenade Car Park. Leave the car park and walk out to the road (Park Drive). Turn left onto Park Drive


Walk along Park Drive passing a sign to the Recycling centre on the left. Continue on Park Drive, and pass the Football Club entrance on the left. The road bends round to the right, and just past the bend take a marked footpath on the left.


The path runs along the left-hand side of an open field, with the football pitches to the left. At the end of the field follow the path which veers round to the right.


After approximately 50 metres from the turn in the path, go through a gap in the hedge on the left. Follow the path along the left-hand side of the field, with hedges and trees on the left. Take time to stop and listen to the birdsong coming from the hedges.


At the end of the field you reach a road (South House Chase). Turn left and walk towards South House Farm. Go through the white gates and proceed on the road between farm buildings. This is a working farm, so please keep dogs on leads.


Proceed along the road, which bends as you go, and continue through an open metal gate. Bear right at the gate, and the road rises slightly as you meet the sea wall. Enjoy a beautiful view of the marshes and mud-flats, and you may see Thames Barges in the Estuary. Continue walking down onto the Causeway before crossing over it onto the Island. Remember the tide covers the Causeway and makes it inaccessible for three hours either side of high tide.

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The brown sign marking the site of the Battle of Maldon in 991


Cross the Causeway and walk on up the lane between hedges. There are some good views of the Estuary to your left. Keep walking, and as the path bends sharply to the right, you will find a bench on the left where you can take a breather, enjoy the peace, and take in open views across the River Blackwater.

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Silhouettes of the geese coming in to land with an orange


Continue along the path towards the Warden's Cottage. There is a gap in the hedge on the left just before the cottage (signed 'Private') should you wish to wander through and look across the marshes. Now retrace your steps to the the Causeway.

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Northey Island on the Essex Coast


Go to the top of the small ridge at the end of the Causeway and turn right at a footpath marker, going through a gate onto the sea wall. Continue walking along the sea wall and go through a kissing gate. Walk along the path with a fence to the left.

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An aerial view of Northey Salt Marsh.


At the end of the path, join the tarmac road and turn left through a metal gate. Turn right and the Council Recycling Centre is on your left. Follow the road ahead until arriving back at Marine Parade Promenade Car Park.


Maldon Marine Parade Recreation Ground Car Park

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Northey Island circular walk, Maldon, Essex


This walk will take you along footpaths, either through fields or along tracks. Can be wet underfoot. Suitable footwear recommended. Surfaces can be uneven in parts, especially when wet. Some gates.

Northey Island circular walk, Maldon, Essex

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Northey Island circular walk, Maldon, Essex

How to get here

Maldon, Essex, CM9 6PP
By train

Chelmsford train station 10 miles.

By road

South of Chelmsford on A414. 1 mile south-east of Maldon on B1018.

By ferry

Navigable waterway from the River Blackwater to Hythe Quay. If you wish to apply for a mooring within the Maldon District, please complete the mooring application form on Maldon District Council website; please read the mooring regulations prior to completing the form. No public mooring on Northey Island

By bus

Service 31, Chelmsford train station-Danbury-Maldon-Maylandsea. Bus stops opposite entrance to island.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Routeis open between Harlow and Maldon via Chelmsford, on quiet lanes. Please note that unfortunately cycles are not permitted on the island.

Northey Island circular walk, Maldon, Essex

Facilities and access

  • Parking: Pay & Display Marine Parade (not NT).
  • Toilets: On North side of Northey House in the centre of the island. Including accessible.
  • Dogs: Permitted on leads only please, due to ground nesting birds and overwintering wildfowl