Best wildlife trails in Colchester, Essex

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Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Colchester with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of wildlife trails in Colchester, Essex
Top trails (4)
#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 - Chappel and Chalkney Wood
Colchester, Essex, England
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
This circular walk starts in the quaint hamlet of Chappel, six miles west north west of Colchester in Essex. It takes in a combination of arable land, river valley grazing meadows, and the largest wood in the area. Highlights are extensive views across the Colne Valley, lovely mixed woodland, two large old river mills, extensive riverside meadows and marshland, and a most impressive railway viaduct. The route is easy going, with just one steady climb up a slope. Parts of the route are almost always wet and muddy, but there is only one stile. Grazing livestock, mainly sheep, will be encountered in both the early and latter parts of the walk, where dogs will need to be kept under close control. The walk includes 400 metres along a quiet tarmac lane. Allow around 2.5 hours.Show more
#4 - East Mersea Circular Walk
Colchester, Essex, England
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m