The town is a gateway into the Lee Valley Country Park, with plenty of countryside and leisure activities.
In South Essex, Brentwood is a busy town with good shopping and leisure facilities.
Maldon is famous for the production of Maldon salt.
In Maldon you can visit The Hythe, where the Thames sailing barges are moored, and explore the steep winding streets with intriguing inns and shops.
You can visit the Norman castle and museum, and also the Dutch Quarter where Flemish refugees settled in the sixteenth century.
Nearby is beautiful Dedham Vale and Constable Country in the north east; and the yachting and wildlife havens of Mersea Island and the Colne On the 'sunshine coast' you'll find the towns of Clacton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze, and Harwich.