The Essex river Blackwater rises in the northwest parish of Wimbish near Saffron Walden. The river flows for 34 miles through picturesque villages including Great Bardfield and Finchingfield. It passes by the historic towns of Bocking, Coggeshall and Witham
to enter the largest of all Essex estuaries at Heybridge near Maldon.
Ken Rickwood has walked the length of this interesting river from source to estuary. He has recorded his journey in words and pictures parish by parish as he followed the course of this river through history and across his home county.
He has presented this book as a more or less continuous walk, parish by parish.