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An Orienteering Weekend
20-21st May 2017
The Weekend consists of a Ultrasprint Event in Maldon on Saturday 20th May and a Level B Urban Event in Colchester on Sunday 21st May. Colchester and Maldon are the two oldest towns in Essex. Google map.
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Colchester is 55 minutes from central London by train. Maldon is 35 minutes by bus from Chelmsford which is 32 minutes by train from central London.
Colchester is 40 minutes by car from Stansted Airport, or 55 minutes by bus. Maldon is 40 minutes by car or 1:20 by two buses from Stansted.
Colchester is 35 minutes by car from Harwich International Port or 1:20 by train. Maldon is 55 minutes by car from Harwich International Port or 2:10 by train and bus.
Plan your journey to Essex with www.traveline.info.
The town of Maldon sits on the estuary of the River Blackwater. In 991 the Battle of Maldon was fought between Viking raiders and local Anglo-Saxons. A financial settlement of three tonnes of silver, the earliest example of Danegelt, followed. You can see a statue of Byrhtnoth, the leader of the defenders, in Promenade Park.
Maldon became an important port in the Middle Ages. In 1744 a French invasion force was wrecked by storm and failed to arrive. Today you can see historic Thames sailing barges which are based in the port.
The Promenade Park was opened in 1885.
Colchester claims to be Britain's oldest recorded town, having been name-checked in Pliny the Elder's encyclopaedia in 77 AD. It was the capital of the Roman provence of Britannia, until after an attack by Iceni Queen Boudica the capital was moved to London. However, the Roman town still flourished and had two theatres and a chariot circus and was the first town to have Roman walls.
The Normans built their huge castle (half as big again as the Tower of London's White tower) on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius. This and the surrounding park was bought by the Colchester Corporaton in the 1920s.
For more things to do on your weekend in Essex, see www.visitessex.com.
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