Best views trails in Colchester, Essex

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Map of views trails in Colchester, Essex
Top trails (9)
#1 - Tollesbury Wick Circular Walk
Tollesbury Wick Marshes
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
This circular walk is situated ten miles south south east of Colchester, in Essex. It goes round Tollesbury Wick, an extensive area of coastal grazing marsh at the mouth of the Blackwater estuary, an Essex Wildlife Trust reserve, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It lies at the heart of an internationally important complex of sites for birds and wildlife. If there is a walk in Essex that better combines accessibility, attractive scenery, extensive views, big skies, all year round high quality birdwatching and spectacular remoteness, it has yet to been added to AllTrails. A short section of the walk runs through the varied and quirky back roads of Tollesbury village. The walk starts in a public car park, with toilets, and is entirely flat. It should take 2-3 hours, depending on how much bird watching and view admiring you do. There are some sections that can get muddy after rain, so boots are required in wet conditions. This is a good walk for dogs that are happy to trot along the path in front of you. But dogs that love to race manically around are likely to disturb feeding and ground nesting birds. Grazing sheep are likely to be encountered. There are two small stiles, otherwise the walk uses gates.Show more
#2 - Wivenhoe and the Colne Estuary
Colchester, Essex, England
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
This circular walk in Essex is for lovers of estuary scenery and for birdwatchers. It starts at Wivenhoe, four miles to the south east of Colchester. The outbound leg runs through varied countryside, some attractive, some OK, and just one or two short stretches that are a bit 'industrial'. However, the return leg runs along the water's edge of Alresford Creek and the Colne estuary, providing lovely scenery and excellent birdwatching opportunities. The river frontage of Wivenhoe is well worth a visit, with its superb collection of old cottages and houseboats, sympathetically extended by imaginative and attractive new housing. All of the walk is along well defined tracks and paths and is easy going. There are three stiles, and one foot crossing of an operational railway line. Grazing livestock are unlikely to be encountered. Some sections will get wet and muddy after heavy rain. The walk should take about three hours, plus birdwatching, boat-spotting and view-gazing time.Show more
#3 - Brightlingsea Church and Alresford Creek
Colchester, Essex, England
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Please note that sections of this trail have been reported closed as of 08/25/2020. This lollipop-shape walk offers varied and attractive country-estuary, a creek, pasture and arable farmland, woodland, a sand quarry (both working and abandoned) and extensive views, 6 miles south east of Colchester in Essex. Birdwatching opportunities vary from 'good' to 'excellent'. It shares some of the route of another walk, 'Brightlingsea: Coast, Creeks and Country', but is shorter, and has some attractive parts that the longer walk does not. The walking is easy throughout, with just one slight climb. No sections are noticeably wet, but doubtless some may become so after heavy rain. The 'stick' of the 'lollipop' is comprised of a distance of 0.7 miles along a quiet country tarmac lane (but which some lorries use). As you do this twice, there is a total of 1.4 miles on tarmac. Both cattle and sheep will be encountered and you will need to negotiate kissing gates, but the walk is stile free. Allow three hours, plus view gazing and birdwatching time. (Note: a shorter alternative would be to drive down the country lane to Waypoint 1, by the quarry entrance, and start walking from here. Cars park here, and one more should be OK. Park on the left side of the road, just past the quarry entrance).Show more
#4 - West Bergholt Hall and the Colne Valley
Colchester, Essex, England
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
This is an easy circular walk through some of the more attractive scenery in Essex. It starts at West Bergholt Hall and old church, leading through two nature reserves and riverside meadows. Hillhouse Wood is particularly worth visiting in April and May, as it has superb displays of Bluebells and other woodland flowers, as well as singing Nightingales. There are also lovely views down the Colne Valley. The walk contains one noticeable, but steady, climb. There are a few short stretches that can get muddy, so it is best to wear boots in winter and after rain. There are no stiles on the route, as the council has replaced all of these with gates. One small footbridge has bars at both ends that you will need to step over. The route crosses a couple of grazing meadows which may be holding livestock at times. Allow 1.5 hours.Show more
#5 - West Mersea Circular Walk
Colchester, Essex, England
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
#6 - Wormingford Hills
Colchester, Essex, England
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
A circular walk, close to Colchester in Essex. The route allows you to discover a most unusual corner of Essex - hills, grassland, and grazing livestock. You might think you were in Devon! This circular walk, which is three miles to the north of Colchester, includes magnificent views, a delightful old church and hamlet, a lovely riverside mill house and weir, woodland, rolling grassland and the site of a Tudor hunting lodge. The walk involves some steep, but short, climbs and should take about 1.5 to 2 hours. One short section is almost always wet and muddy. There are three remaining stiles, but most have been replaced by gates. There are a few hundred yards of walking on tarmac lanes, but these are all usually quiet. Both sheep and cattle are likely to be encountered. One short section of the route follows a public right of way across a private garden and you may encounter dogs here.Show more
#7 - Brightlingsea: Coast, Creeks and Country
Colchester, Essex, England
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 2 m
This circular Essex walk offers varied and attractive country- estuary, creeks, pasture and arable farmland, woodland, sand quarries (both working and abandoned), extensive views, and the historic Cinque port of Brightlingsea, 8 miles south east of Colchester. Birdwatching opportunities vary from 'good' to 'excellent'. This walk provides a lot of interest. The walking is flat and easy-going throughout. No sections were wet, but doubtless some may become so after heavy rain. There are several kissing gates and just one stile, which will not provide a daunting barrier for either humans or dogs. About two miles of the route is on tarmac, most of which is quiet country lanes, but including about 0.3 of a mile through Brightlingsea, taking in its historic 'Hard'. Both cattle and sheep will be encountered. Allow five hours, plus view-gazing, birdwatching and exploration time.Show more
#8 - East Mersea Circular Walk
Colchester, Essex, England
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
#9 - University Park
Colchester, Essex, England
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 50 m