A Thames Barge, under power, approaches the Hythe in July. These barges, once crewed by just a man and boy, were brought alongside the Hythe under sail and oar, often at the top of the tide (i.e., at slack water after high tide). © 2018 David Hughes

Hythe Quay presents a truly beautiful sight as you descend Maldon’s steep Church Street.

The brow of the steep hill on Church Street that leads down to the Hythe. © 2018 Nick Skeens

You will suddenly see, revealed before you, to your right, an old quayside lined with historic Thames Barges in full rig.

It truly feels, for a moment, that you have stepped back in time.

The gear, tackle and trim of Maldon’s Thames Barges. © 2018 Nick Skeens

Two pubs, the Queen’s Head and the Jolly Sailor, make ideal spots to sit outside in good weather and watch the comings and goings, gear, tackle and trim of this active quayside.

If you fancy afternoon tea on a Thames barge, or booking a sail,  click here.

Hot July Saturday down on the Hythe. © 2018 Nick Skeens