Wivenhoe and the Colne Estuary

MODERATE 5 reviews

Wivenhoe and the Colne Estuary is a 10.1 kilometer loop trail located near Colchester, Essex, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching.

Distance: 10.1 km Elevation Gain: 100 m Route Type: Loop



bird watching



partially paved




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.

over grown
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4 months ago

Great walk but map not accurate around the half way mark. path leads across private land

3 months ago

4 months ago

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