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Brightlingsea Church and Alresford Creek is a 5.1 mile loop trail located near Colchester, Essex, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 298 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Walking Bird watching Running Beach Lake River Views Historic site
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Getting There

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).

The walk starts from Brightlingsea Church on the B1029, post code CO7 0RZ. There is a large pull in area in front of the church, which provides free parking for half a dozen cars. This point is passed by the First Essex bus 62 from Colchester to Brightlingsea and the Hedingham bus 87, also from Colchester. Both of these buses also serve the next village of Alresford, where there is a station on the railway line from Colchester to Clacton. So this walk can be reached by train plus bus.

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Vira Kostiv
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Big part of the route is closed.

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Justin Goodwin
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Finding the church is very easy and parking was free. The first part of the walk wasn’t that interesting. The costal walk was beautiful. The directions given in the way points are clear and easy to follow. Would have given 5 stars but the quarry machines and the smelly water treatment detracts from such a lovely walk.

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Sarah Milne
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First part of route closed. Which was a shame as had to double back on ourselves. Good walk for those with dogs.

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xuefeng liu
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Only walked part of it as other part locked-down. Nice and fresh, beautiful land and sea view

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Mariska Bosman
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Nice circular route, slightly different then on all trails. Perfect loop, perfect parking. Especially walking near the river/coastal path was very pretty. Sheep were grazing and just collected by farmer. Very pictures. Dog can be off lead most parts, only when passing livestock i put my dog on a lead. Start of trail is not very exciting, maybe 3-4 star. The rest is lovely. Several bird species around. Enjoy the walk. I started at 6pm and finished it in 2 hour. Only couple of people.

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Steve Smith
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Great looped walk with great views of the creek. Could let dog off lead most of the walk.

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emma emma
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This walk is easy and takes in lovely views of Alresford creek, across to Wivenhoe, Brightlingsea beach and Mersea Island in the distance. Bird watchers may see skylarks, corn bunting, yellowhammers, marsh harriers and more plus the farm has information signs about the wildlife along the route. Dogs can be off lead for part of it following paths then must be on where sheep may be but again signs indicate this. A short spell through trees are full of bluebells at the right time and there’s a view across a quarry lake. You do pass a quarry and a water treatment area which is a bit smelly but it’s brief and the walk is worth it for the views and wildlife.

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Billy Bob Battley
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Nick Nurden
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Gus Gallagher
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Thomas Detnon
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Kasi Damu
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Don E
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Sam Scattergood
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Rea James
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Terry Nice
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