The Asheldham Centre
The Centre is in rural Essex with straight though narrow roads on the approach to the village, but thereafter virtually every road is very narrow and has 90º bends unsuitable for coaches. Access to, use while staying, and parking, means that minibuses are by far the best and usually the only suitable form of group transport in the area.
Asheldham is ten miles east of Maldon, on the B1021, three miles NE of Southminster and just a bit further SW of Tillingham. One of the key landmarks to aim for when driving out - and that almost certainly means coming from the west - is a pair of chimmneys at the company 'Dengie Crops'. The Centre is two hundred metres past these on the left-hand side - in the medieval church just beyond 'Asheldham Hall Farm'. Adjacent to the Centre on the east side is a gravel track leading to the grassy car park where there's space for about six cars - with good parking! Please do NOT park on the gravel track as access is needed by residents who live further along this right of way.
From outside the area the A132 to South Woodham Ferrers is the main route (then following signs to Burnham on Crouch). From South Woodham follow the B1012, then B1010 (on a steep hill), then at double roundabout right along the B1018 to Latchingdon. This village is the last settlement to have shops before the ten mile drive-in to Asheldham. A couple of miles beyond the village on a 90º right hand bend, your route takes you straight on. From hereon in almost all the roads are ruler straight - Roman roads, but don't be too complacent - they are fast and dangerous. Those of us that know these roads well do know every subtle nuance of each stretch of tarmac - but we treat them with respect. There have been some very serious accidents in the area.