Birdwatching Sail & Walk

from £50.00

Join barge for coffee at 1000 before setting off for the walk, back for lunch and the sail 1230-1430. With experts from Swallow Birding, finishing approx 1600.

  • Start date: 02/04/2022 11:00 am
  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Sailing from: Maldon
43 spaces available
Aged 12 and under

During the winter months, the saltings and mud flats of the River Blackwater host huge flocks of migrant wading birds and this trip gives you the chance to enjoy them both from the barge on a high tide and from along the seawall on a guided walk. Experts from Swallow Birding ( are with you for the day to help identify and spot birds, but even non-birders can relax and enjoy this trip.

The two hour cruise takes you past the Promenade Park, Northea Island owned by the National Trust, Heybridge Basin, Millbeach and to the privately owned Osea Island before returning. The walk heads out along the seawall on the South bank of the River and is quite leisurely as you frequently stop to use your binoculars.
Depending on tides, the walk may be before or after the sail, and it is always optional, so you can choose not to walk at all or drop out at any time.

Lunch comprises a hearty homemade soup with granary bread followed by chocolate brownie with fruits and cream.

Boarding details are sent by e-mail 4 weeks before a trip or when booking (check your junk folder). Be ready to board the barge 1/2 hour before sailing. Search for car parks near Maldon CM9 5HN, Ipswich IP4 1FH, Brightlingsea CO7 ODY, Harwich CO12 3HH