This engaging guide book paints a comprehensive picture of Essex; bringing the reader on an exploratory journey from Brightlingsea to Wivenhoe whilst uncovering the secrets and history this fine county has to offer. The prime glory of Essex has to be its marvellous maritime heritage. As its rivers were the major routes for early exploration and trade, most of the towns and villages grew up along their banks. This book follows all of the major rivers from their sources to the sea. From the Colne Valley to golden Saffron Walden, the book features historic castles, great abbeys, stately homes, windmills, churches, by-ways and oysters. Serving as both an inspiring guide and a lasting souvenir, this book is richly illustrated with the author's photographs, bringing historical Essex to life.