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Maria Mehalah Macabre

Essex, Suffolk

45 km / 28 miles
The walk title makes reference to two women: Maria Marten, who was murdered by her lover in 1827, and Mehalah Sharland the heroine of a novel written by Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould in 1880.

The route starts in Polstead, the location of the 'Red Barn' where Maria Marten was murdered, passes through Colchester, takes permissive paths past Abberton Reservoir, crosses The Strood causeway to Mersea Island, the setting of the novel Mehalah, and finishes at East Mersea where Baring-Gould spent ten years as rector.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Other Paths
Start: TL989374 - Polstead, Suffolk View on StreetMap
Finish: TM049144 - East Mersea, Essex View on StreetMap

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Route Description - PDF Maria Mehalah Macabre  (Derek Keeble  - 2020 ) Download File
Route Description - PDF Corduroy Country Strides  (Derek Keeble  - 2020 ) Download File


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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 155, 168
OS Landranger Active 155, 168
OS Explorer 184, 196
OS Explorer Active 184, 196

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Route Profile:

43.9 km (27.3 miles)
367 m (1,204 ft) ascent
54 m (177 ft)  maximum height

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