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Wivenhoe and the Colne Estuary

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Colchester, Essex, England

Wivenhoe and the Colne Estuary is a 6.3 mile 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.

Length6.3 miElevation gain328 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachPartially pavedRiverViewsWildlife
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Getting There

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.

The walk starts from Cooks Shipyard car park, CO7 9WS. This is a Pay and Display car park, with charges of 50p per hour (correct Apr 2017). The car park is in two small sections, with some houses in between. I used the one next to the Environment Agency flood control barrier office. Getting through Wivenhoe to this car park can be 'challenging'. The direct route is to drive all the way down High Street to the end, and then turn left into East Street. But East Street is very narrow - I have never met a car coming the other way, and have no idea what I would do when this happens. A less nerve wracking route, is to turn left off High Street into Belle Vue Road, immediately after having passed a Co-Op Daily food store. From here the route is well-marked by road signs to Cook's Shipyard. From Belle Vue Road you quickly turn right into Park Road, and then left into Valley Road. Follow Valley Road when it turns right. Follow the road left where it becomes Queens Road, and then right into Anglesea Road. The tarmac is replaced here by gravel and a few bumps, but keep going. Tarmac reappears where Anglesea Road becomes Brook Street. After just a few yards turn left by Wivenhoe Business Park (which is on the right). This road snakes though new-build housing and quickly brings you to the first of the two parts of the car park. Wivenhoe is served by trains running between Colchester and Clacton or Walton. The station is 500 metres from the start of the walk. Wivenhoe also has a frequent bus service from Colchester - First Bus routes 61, 62 and 62A.

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Scott Price
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Great walk along the estuary and a nice woody walk on the return - Wivenhoe is a very pokey town so be mindful of where to park if you are travelling

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Jennie Smith
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Jennie Smith
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Very muddy and there was a storm

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Billy Bob Battley
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Billy Bob Battley
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OK

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Stephanie Cawthorne
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Really lovely walk! Easy to follow. Lots of different terrains. Even ran into some cows! Stopped for lunch just before last stretch out of the wind.

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Justin Goodwin
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The first half of the trail was rather boring and really not a great walk except for a little walk along side a stream in the woods. The walk back to wivenhoe along the estuary was pretty. Good for bird spotting, we managed to see Godwits, Avocets and egrets. There were quite a few cattle when getting closer to wivenhoe which like to stand in the path. I personally wouldn’t do the walk again, I would instead walk up and back along the estuary.

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Evelyn Howlett
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Walking

This trail was awful I am now deleting this app because of it. I had the worst day of my life on this trail! Do not go on it you will regret it!

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Himanshu Das
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Lilah Suazo
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Simon Lowe
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Wivenhoe is a delightful town, Cockaynes Wood is a woodland trail through a nature reserve full of birdsong, the estuary gives lovely long views. The route is marked 90% of the way with 4 inch yellow arrows, the only part unmarked is noted in the first waypoint section

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sam phoenix
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Wivenhoe is beautiful and Cockaynes Wood is fab!

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Mandy Coupland
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Walking

lovely walk some great views along the way

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Kirsty Baron
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A lovely walk with varied terrain, very scenic. We did the walk with our only just 3 year old and he walked the entire way! Highly recommended for a quiet peaceful walk.

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Daniel Phillips
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The trail is quite accurate and helped us navigate the forks

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Kristeen Harvey
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Hiking

Lovely walk on a sunny day. Nicely varied with woodland, open fields, rivers and lakes to look at. As not too far from home I’m sure we will do this walk numerous times.

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Miranda Flores
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RunningMuddy

Nice view in sunny days.

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Gary Clements
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FloodedMuddy

An enjoyable wet and windy day.. some footpaths do flood also ankle deep mud.. that said a good walk.

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

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Gemma Jouques
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Geri Nott
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Vickie Jefferson
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Stacie Tindall
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Josie D.
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Susan Cadogan
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Cristina Buda
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