Walks in Colchester

Walks in and around Colchester

Signs in Abberton Reservoir

Colchester and the surrounding area has plenty of beautiful landscapes and parks for an afternoon stroll or a proper hike.

A variety of walking routes and maps are available to pick up or buy at the Visitor Information Centre in Hollytrees Museum, or visit Walk Colchester to help you plan your walks around Colchester.

Heritage Trail & Guided Walks

Couple using app in Colchester Castle Museum

For a historical walk around the town centre, you can join one of our guided walks, or alternatively pick up your own Heritage Trail Map in the Visitor Information Centre for only £2.25.

The Ancient Colchester App developed by Colchester & Ipswich Museums also allows you to wander around Colchester Town Centre on a Heritage Trail and bring historic sites to life.

 

 

  Guided Walks

Seasonal Walks

Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum

Summer: Tree Trails

You can follow fascinating tree trails in various area in Colchester, a walk which changes every season!

If you know of other great Tree Trails or seasonal walks, let us know on Twitter, Facebook or at the Visitor Information Centre.

Town to Sea Trail

Town to Sea Trail - Raven

The Town to Sea Trail takes you on a short, two and a half mile journey from the town centre through to the historic port of the Hythe. Download the Town to Sea Trail leaflet before you go to discover more about the area's heritage and wildlife through the fourteen unique, hand forged artworks located along the route, or even print off your own Town to Sea Family Activity Sheet for the way!

If you're up for a longer hike, the Town to Port Trail also follows the River Colne all the way from Colchester to Wivenhoe.

Town to Sea Trail

Treasure Trails

Treasure Trails

Explore Colchester or Dedham with one of our Treasure Trails, a fun activity for all the family. Follow the trail, solve the clues, see the sights and be in with a chance to win a cash prize. A perfect way to explore and have fun.

Choose from a Murder Mystery themed treasure trail of Colchester or a Treasure Hunt themed trail of Dedham. Trails are available to purchase from the VisitColchester Information Centre.

Fixing the Link

Fixing the Link Trail leaflet

A one mile walking route links Colchester main railway station to the town centre. 

On your journey you’ll discover a series of route markers combined with information plaques, revealing historical points of interest along the way.

The 20 minute walk crosses the River Colne, passes through the site where North Gate once stood, one of the six Roman gates in our town wall, and takes you past the landmark building, St Peter’s Church.

 

Fixing the Link

Dedham Walks

Couple Walking in Dedham, Visit Essex

The Dedham Vale has the official status of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is perfect for cycling and walking, and this is the best way to really appreciate Constable's landscapes. Delight in discovering this quintessential English countryside at a more relaxed pace, the way that Constable himself did, by following The Painters' Trail, a cycle route taking in scenes and skies so favoured by some of Britain's leading artists.

To help keep the area special and the traffic noises at a low, public transport is the best way to get to Dedham. For an ideal hike, we recommend taking the train from Colchester to Manningtree, then walking across the beautiful landscape, and finally stopping off for a well-deserved break in Dedham town.

 

Dedham Walks

Mersea Walks

Family on Mersea Beach by Visit Essex

Follow the River Colne down to Mersea Island, home to the Colchester native oyster, and the ideal place to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Go for a paddle on the beach, bird-watching in Cudmore Grove Country Park, or simply for a walk across the tranquil island.

Easily accessible by car or public transport from Colchester Town Centre, Mersea Island is ideal for a peaceful day out surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Mersea Island is also a great place to discover local produce - a platter of fresh Mersea seafood, with glass of local wine!

 

Mersea Island Walks

Long Distance Footpaths

Long Distance Footpaths

There are 3 long distance footpaths which pass through the Colchester area.

The Essex Way is an 81 mile walk from Epping to Harwich, which will lead you through ancient woodlands, open farmland,tree-lined river valleys and leafy green lanes, visiting historic towns and villages along the way.

The Colne Valley Path is a 22.5 mile walk from Great Yeldham to Colchester, which takes you through the valley, where you can take in the amazing scenery including the Chappel Viaduct and discover some quaint villages along the way.

The Stour Valley Path is a 60 mile walk following the River Stour through Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

Walking Events

New Year’s Day Walk

New Year’s Day Walk

High Woods Country Park

Sun 1 Jan 2017

Our traditional 3 mile ranger-led walk through the Park, followed by a cup of mulled wine and mince pie.

Midnight Walk 2017

Midnight Walk 2017

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Sat 27 May 2017

St Helena Hospice’s 9th annual Midnight Walk of 3 or 7.5 miles will see hundreds of women following the call of the disco ball on an incredible night time walk around Colchester.