The Essex natural saltwater pool with its very own beach that's perfect for a heatwave

If you are looking for some heatwave relief this summer but aren’t a fan of your normal man-made pool, there could be somewhere in Essex worth a visit. We're blessed with amazing beaches in Essex but if you're looking for something different this could be for you.

Woodup Pool, also known as Woodrolfe Pool in Maldon, is a very basic salt water bathing pool that even has its own little beach at one end! The pool is filled solely by the tide and controlled by a sluice gate, and flushed out and replenished every 10 days or so.

The pool can be found next to Woodrolfe Park flats and Woodrolfe Creek and is a back to basics natural pool with no chlorine - ideal for kids with skin conditions! It is open between May and September, and is free to visit, making it a great place to take the family this summer.

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Visitors get to enjoy swimming in a green-grey expanse of water, overlooked by tilting masts, peeling hulls, and rickety sail lofts. It is equipped with a toilet, BBQ area and there are also picnic tables set out. There is no café on site, but there are a few a short walk away. It must be noted that the pool has no lifeguard, so kids need to be attended to as well as weaker swimmers.

An annual fundraising event is held every summer (and has been since the 1950s) to raise money to help towards the upkeep of this free public swimming pool. It's a cherished local resource and an interesting project to discuss with the kids from an educational angle too!

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