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Tollesbury Wick Circular Walk is a 5.7 mile loop trail located near Colchester, Essex, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 259 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Beach River Views Wildlife
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Getting There

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.

The start car park is at CM9 8RY, on the road from the centre of Tollesbury village to the quay. Hedingham bus route 91 runs from Witham to Tollesbury, 92 runs from Colchester to Tollesbury, and 95 runs from Maldon to Tollesbury. The buses stop in the centre of the village.

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Vlad Last
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Ian Bundock
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Excellent scenic walk, parts could be squidgy if very wet! Great views of the Tollesbury Light Ship and of Radio Caroline, the Ross Revenge, opposite Bradwell.

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Alexandre Aubry
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Great path

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Ben Harden
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Amazing walk with some great views over the Blackwater.

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Josie D.
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Loved this route! Completed it on a hot but breezy day which was ideal as the majority of it wasn’t shaded. The starting point car park is extremely small and was full by the time I got there so would recommend getting there early if you want a space. The ‘Waypoints’ were really useful and perfectly described. The part in point 2 where you have to walk between a hedge and a wire fence is quite substantially overgrown at the moment so some may not feel comfortable going down there due to the nettles and the amount of bugs flying in close proximity to your face, this does appear to be the only way you can get through to do the circuit but is worth pushing through for the few minutes you walk down it as the views at the views as you come out are incredible. Would definitely do this walk again!

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Mariska Bosman
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A great walk! Beautiful coastal path! Dog can be off lead on most of the route, only need to be on the lead if you enter an area with livestock in it. Nice views. Some sitting area to enjoy the view. Not many people during the week. Relaxing walk. We extended the route with an extra 45-60 min walk. Easy to get back to the car with the app!

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Amy Walker
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Beautiful walk, lovely views across the estuary.

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Andy Cullen
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Greg Smith
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Sue Kersey
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Beautiful walk, great for dogs though keep under close control. The two stiles were easily negotiated and all livestock were enclosed. Free car park and lovely cup of tea at the end of the walk at the sailing club bistro.

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Greg Smith
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Easy to navigate with plenty of good views along the way! Slightly overgrown in places, with nettles and plant shards becoming a nuisance if you’re wearing shorts! Well worth a look though!!

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Ian Bundock
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Sarah Johnstone
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Billy Bob Battley
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Rory Doak
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Jamie Yap
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greg crowhurst
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Jake Low
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pavan raut
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Daisy woop
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Lee Scott
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Dani Harris
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