Essex

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Location - Town: Dovercourt near Harwich
Location - County: Essex
Description/directions to location: If one travels to Harwich and then turns south east to the coast road to Dovercourt you will find a splendid edwardian boating lake. It is of average size of recatangular shape. Wader depth. It was a famous yacht racing centre. There is a club which meets on Sundays sailing 1 mt.yachts. A fine pond with an adjoining rowing lake.
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Toilets and shops, 100 to 150 yards. Good roadside parking within 30 feet of the pond. There is an adjacent rowing boat lake of similar size.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): none but there are resident swans

Listed by Howard Thomas [23.01.2006]

Trevor Smith adds [10.03.2006]:

The pond has a seafront location with a steady breeze, salt water, among the top ten English ponds. Has suffered from weed problems in the past but OK at the moment.

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Location - Town: Southend on Sea
Location - County: Essex
Description/directions to location: Southchurch Park
Southend on Sea

A127 to Southend. Follow signs to Sea Life Centre & continue towards Shoeburyness. Turn left into Camper Road. Park in Kensington Road.
Type: General boating lake
Size: "Average"
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: 80% access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Toilets in park (not very clean)
Cafe next to lake.
Close to seafront & Sea Life Centre.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No

Anything else to add?: Southend Model Boat Club on site most Sundays.




Location - Town: Maldon
Location - County: Essex
Description/directions to location: Maldon promenade park. Well signposted.
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: Toilets.cafes. Riverside prom. Thames barges.2 pubs. Childrens playground.Large ornamental lake.
Boating lake recently opened after exstensive rebuild.
Open Public Access:
Local model boat club: yes
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): None
Anything else to add?: Last sunday reserved for model barge club.

Listed by Dennis W Morse [26.05.2006]

Updated 01.07.2006 by Mick Brown:

Here's a few pix of Maldon Boating Lake in Essex. It has undergone an extensive refurbishment and is now excellent. It has been dredged to a depth of 900mm with a 300mm shelf about 150mm deep all the way round apart from the launch area which is 900mm deep.

Many thanks Mick. Please click on the photo above to view Mick's photos. Mark.

Updated 08.10.2006 by Andy Tribble:

Info from Trevor Smith.

"Maldon Yacht Pond is by the full-sized Malden Yacht club, furthest from the Hythe, along the Promenade. You can watch Thames Barges go by as you sail."

There is plenty of information and photos of this pond on the website of the Association of Model Barge Owners, www.modelbarges.org.uk

The pond is being refurbished and was supposed to be finished by Easter 2006, but the AMBO say that there will be no sailing at least till December.



Brightlingsea

Essex

A large pond 300 yards & 100 yards along the promenade, it has three islands and is salt water. Used as a rowing lake and by the Sea Scouts as well as the Model Boat Club which has 100 members. 100% access with path all round, but rarely used by club members for free sailing.

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The islands look massive so you can see why it's not for free sailing.

Info from Ralph Smith and Trevor Smith. Listed by Andy Tribble [05.08.2006]

Clacton on Sea, Essex

Type: Purpose-built model boat pond

Size: small

Location: Marine Parade West (turn right at the pier).

Rectangle surrounded by a low wall with 100% access. For toy boats rather than larger yachts.

The whole Marine Gardens area has recently been refurbished as part of the massive 'Parklife' project paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This refurbishment included the yacht pond.

Other facilities, according to 'visiteastofengland.com'

"The capital of the 'Essex Sunshine Coast', Clacton is a popular seaside town with tree-lined streets, long sandy beaches and beautiful seafront gardens. The fun-packed 19th C. pier (the world's largest) offers traditional fairground rides, sea fishing and the RNLI lifeboat house. Try out a range of watersports (sailing and jet skiing), or enjoy an evening out at one of the two theatres. The traditional town centre offers a good range of shops, restaurants and pubs."

Tourist Information Centre - 01255 423400.

Beach Office (who know more than Tourist Information) 01255 423380.

The following image, of the Butlin's pond, is now part of a lost world: you can't go there any more. Butlin's at Clacton opened in 1938 and closed in 1983.

Listed by Andy Tribble, 08.10.2006

Location - Town: South Woodham Ferrers

Location - County: Essex
Description/directions to location: Saltcoat's Park (Compass Gardens)
South Woodham Ferrers, Essex.
off Creekview Road (Compass Gardens )


Type: General boating lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: toilets /bar/park/carpark/
Open Public Access: Access with model boat insurance only
Local model boat club:
Website: 7am - open till 10pm 24-7 during summer (now)
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): no restrictions
Map
Anything else to add?: Wednesday every week we will be there with our gas power boats up to 72"

Listed by Wayne [12.07.2007]

Location: Basildon

County: Essex

Place: The Motorboat Museum
Wat Tyler Country Park
Pitsea Hall Lane, Basildon
Essex, SS16 4UH

Size: Medium

Depth: Unknown

Access to banks: 100%

Entry to the Motorboat Museum is FREE, and they say to use the pond just ask.

Opening Times:
10am - 4.30pm every day except Tuesday and Wednesdays.
10am - 4.30pm every day during school holidays.

Transport: 15 mins walk from Pitsea station.

This is a new pond, only recently opened. It is supported by a Club who have been going for just a year and have a 1st anniversary regatta coming up on 28th May 2007.

Restrictions: no i/c.

Museum website: www.motorboatmuseum.org.uk/home/index.php

Club website: www.wtmbc.co.uk, includes pix of the pond.

Listed by Andy Tribble [19.08.2007]

Location - Town: BRENTWOOD
Location - County: ESSEX

Description/directions to location: The original lake that the Yacht and Multi sections use is situated on a farm adjacent to the Mountnessing roundabout at junction 12 of the A12, and is about 4.5 miles from junction 28 of the M25. It measures approximately 180x70 metres, with a depth of around six metres in the centre. A BIT OF WEED
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: Limited
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: BP GARAGE /MAC 'D'S
Open Public Access: Club members only
Local model boat club: yes
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): MEMBERS ONLY
Map
Anything else to add?: WEDNESDAY IS SAIL BOAT DAY NO POWERBOATSALLOWED ON THIS DAY

VIDEO FROM THE LAKE

Listed by Wayne Andrews [08.12.2008]

Location - Town: Belhus Country Park
Location - County: essex
Description/directions to location: Belhus Woods Country Park reached from Aveley Road /Romford Road

Type: Pond
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: park Cafe for tea and cakes/Toilets
Open Public Access: Club members only
Local model boat club: yes
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Most types of boats can be used but as this is a country park no IC boats can be run and fast electrics may only be run individually in consideration of the wildlife. As there are many yachts now in the club.
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Anything else to add?: club been going since 1906

Listed by Keith Tucker [13.12.2008]

Location - Town: Upminister
Location - County: Essex
Description/directions to location: stubbers lake hire the 33 acre lake for the day for your model boat's pre booking only but you have to hire the whole lake
Type: General boating lake
Size: Super Heroic
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: 80% access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: toilets /childrens activites /jet ski/quad bikes /sail boats/ etc
Open Public Access: Sailing on club days by arrangement - guests welcome
Local model boat club:
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): life jackets must be worn by all operators @ the waters edge
Map
Anything else to add?:

Listed by Wayne [28.01.2009]

Anything to add or amend?