Chappel Viaduct

Itinerary Idea: Colne Valley

Colne Valley

Enjoy some of the stunning scenery of the Colne Valley on this drive out to the Victorian East Anglian Railway Museum and the market town of Halstead.

Morning

Take the A1124 or bus 88 to Chappel and Wakes Colne, home to the living heritage site of the East Anglian Railway Museum.

As you travel along the A1124, rising  up from the horizon you will see the imposing Chappel viaduct. The Victorian viaduct, with its 32 arches and total length of 346 metres, is thought to be the second largest brick built structure in England. it was built between 1847- 1849 as part of the Colchester and Stour line of the Eastern Counties Railway. It is still used today to link Marks Tey - Sudbury.

Step back in time at the East Anglian Railway Museum as the complex of Victorian buildings brings to life the story of the Eastern Counties Railways from 1840- 21st century.

There are various walks around the Colne Valley from a short stroll around Millenium Green or a longer ramble across way marked footpaths. The Essex Way and the Colne Valley Path both pass through Chappel.

                                                                                                                                                                           East Anglian Railway Museum  

East Anglian Railway Museum

Afternoon

Continue along the A1124 or take bus 88  to Halstead, passing through the pretty villages of White Colne and Earls Colne.

Halstead is a traditional market town, with a history of wool and weaving.

Take a visit to Townsford Mill, now home of Halstead Antiques Centre, but was originally built as a corn mill in 1788 and then used by the Courtaulds for silk production. It famously produced the silk for Queen Victoria's mourning gown.

There are plenty of tearooms and eateries to stop for refreshments. 

If there is time, take in a pleasant walk along the Halstead River Walk

Halstead Antique Centre

Other Places to Visit

The Colne Valley is also home to the Colne Valley Railway and the 900 year old Norman Keep of Hedingham Castle. If you are lucky you may stumble across the Knights of Royal England jousting in the grounds.
Colne Valley Railway
Hedingham Castle