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Essex: Amazing facts you might not know 

June 16th 2016
By: Melanie
Essex: Amazing facts you might not know 

Essex really is a remarkable county, here are just a few of the incredible things you might not know about Essex:

Did you know that Southend Pier is the largest pier in the world, it is 1.33 miles long, so if you are looking at achieving the recommended 10,000 steps per day you would need to up and down the pier just under four times! Essex also has the smallest pier and the tallest pier, Layer Marney. The county also has the longest coastline of any county – it’s 350 miles long, 35 islands, the most in any English county.

Saffron Walden has the world’s larges turf maze and which is believed to be over 800 years old.

Great Dunmow has the longest running competition in Britain, which still runs today - the Flitch Trials. These were mentioned in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and have believed to begin in the 13 century. 

Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded town, and was also the first capital conquered by the Roman’s.

If you want to find out more about how amazing Essex is why not follow this link: https://visitessexblog.wordpress.com/tag/southend-pier/

Source: Visit Essex