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Saltmarsh 75

Saltmarsh 75 takes place annually in early October.

In 2014 the event takes place on 2 and 3 October 2014.

The organisers explain the event-

Could you complete 75 miles of England’s most unique coast line in just 2 days?

That’s the challenge laid down by the Saltmarsh 75, a long distance trail covering the entire coast of the Maldon district, Essex.

Highlights of our ever changing coast include 10 SSSIs, Georgian architecture, the UK’s oldest chapel, 5 nature reserves, ancient battlegrounds, huge flocks of wading birds, Maldon’s famous Hythe Quay and Promenade Park and miles upon miles of distinctive saltmarsh that defines the Maldon district.

Starting at South Woodham Ferrers, competitors will follow the River Crouch until it meets the North Sea, before turning left through the remote Dengie Marshes to Bradwell-on-Sea at the mouth of the Blackwater Estuary.

An overnight stop at Steeple will offer brief respite until the morning, when the participants will cover the remaining 37 miles through the historical riverside towns and villages of Maldon, Goldhanger and Tollesbury until the final challenge: 5 miles around the edge of Old Hall Marshes nature reserve, finishing at the hamlet of Salcott-cum-Virley.

However, the Saltmarsh 75 is no stroll along the river. Large swathes are uninhabited, isolated and raw, presenting a psychological challenge as well as a physical one. A prevailing wind can make the district a tough place to be.

You’ll need both strength of mind and of legs to conquer one of Britain’s true remaining wild places.

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