Between the Blackwater and Crouch estuaries lies the Dengie Peninsula, which is mainly comprised of low-lying marshes. It is home to a number of small villages and also has a railway line which passes through North Fambridge, Althorne, Burnham-On-Crouch and Southminster.
Burnham-On-Crouch The renowned yachting centre of Burnham-0n-Crouch was once a former oyster port. Visitors can enjoy the town's historical surroundings and the numerous activities on offer, which include walking, sailing and outdoor pursuits, as well as taking advantage of the town's growing reputation for high quality local produce. There are several restaurants, pubs and cafes located on the quay, offering views across the Crouch Estuary and over to RSPB's Wallasea Island.
Southminster Situated about three miles North of Burnham-On-Crouch and ten miles South-East of Maldon, is the town of Southminster. The town has an infant and primary school, a small library, pubs, a swimming pool and a brewery. Southminster railway station is the terminus of a single-branch line which provides services to Wickford and London Liverpool Street.
Bradwell-On-Sea Bradwell is a small village located on the south bank of the River Blackwater where it meets the North Sea. The village has had several names in the past, including Bradwell Juxta Mare and Bradwell near the Sea. The area has been inhabited since the time of Roman occupation in the third century. Like much of the Dengie Peninsula, you can enjoy panoramic views of the wild low-lying Dengie marshes that surround the village.
Mayland and Maylandsea Are adjacent villages on the Dengie Peninsula, renowned for its excellent sailing facilities. There are two sailing clubs that enjoy the River Blackwater here, Maylandsea Bay Sailing Club and Harlow (Blackwater) Sailing Club. The village also has a local parade of shops and a popular primary school. Like much of the Dengie there are lovely rural and coastal walks to be enjoyed.
St Lawrence Bay The village of St Lawrence is famous for sailing and water sports, which bring in many tourists during the summer to the local caravan park. The village has two pubs as well as a convenience store, with superb rural and coastal walks.
Other smaller villages and hamlets that are situated within the Peninsula include Steeple, Asheldham, Dengie, Latchingdon, and Tillingham.