Walking in Colchester

Walks in and around Colchester

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

On this page, browse popular walking routes and download maps and guides. Wether you want a short stroll around the town centre, or something more adventurous we can provide the walk to fit the bill.

In addition to the online resources a variety of walking routes and maps are available to pick up or buy at the Visitor Information Centre in Hollytrees Museum.

Walking in Dedham

See the Town

Town Centre Map

Download a Town Centre Map

Plan your own walk around Colchester's Historic Town Centre with our downloadable town centre map.

Walk the Roman Walls, see the sights, explore the park, or simply just find your way back to where you parked your car!

Download the map

Walk the Roman Walls

Walk the Roman Wall

Colchester's 2000 year old Roman Walls have plenty of stories to tell. Walk the perimeter of the walls with this guide to the original Roman gates, as well as the later Medieval additions.

Download the map

Screenshot of the Ancient Colchester App

Download the Ancient Colchester App

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

The Ancient Colchester is available to Download on iOS and Android.

 

Roman Colchester Audio Tour

Roman Colchester Audio Tour

Download these audio files to your phone or tablet for an audio tour of Colchester's Roman History. Follow the trail and listen to the insightful commentary as you go. Courtesy of Signal Media.

Download the Tour

Colchester Plaque Trails

Colchester Plaque Trails

Discover Colchester's history through these blue plaque guides put together by Colchester Civic Society. Choose from three trails: The Town Centre, Military and Wartime, or the Out of Town Trail.

 

 See the Trails

Bourne Mill

The Bourne Valley Audio Trail

Discover the wildlife and history of the Bourne Valley with this downloadable audio tour. Starting just outside the gate to Bourne Mill on your travels you’ll be greeted by the Miller’s daughter, a medieval botanist, and Brother Jerome from St John’s Abbey. 

Find out more

Self-guided and Expert-led Tours

Camulodunum to Colchester

Take a Guided Tour

Join one of our qualified guides on a fun and informative 90 minute tour of Colchester. Tours run every Saturday throughout the year and more frequently in Summer months. Be sure to book in advance as they are popular with visitors and residents alike.

Keep an eye out for special themed tours throughout the year too.


Heritage Trail Self Guided Tour

Purchase a Heritage Trail

This excellent self-guided walking tour of the Town Centre's key historical sites is available to purchase for £2.50 from the Visitor Information Centre. Take a leisurely stroll with it in hand and you could easilly eat up a whole afternoon. A whistlestop tour of all the featured sites would take around 90 minutes.

Several other local walking guides can also be purchased in the Visitor Information Centre shop

Treasure Trail

Purchase a Treasure Trail

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 the town 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 Visit Colchester Information Centre.

The Wivenhoe Trail

One of the most popular local walks, the Wivenhoe Trail is an informal route of about 5 miles, stretching from Colchester town centre to the riverside town of Wivenhoe.

Pick the trail up in Castle Park by the riverside and simply follow the River Colne as it flows out to sea. Download our Town to Sea and/or Town to Port leaflets for a more detailed map and stops of interest.

Most of the walk is along footpaths away from main roads bar a short section in the middle where you cross the river.

Once you reach Wivenhoe, you can jump on a train or bus back to town, continue further along the river towards Brightlingsea, or simply retrace your steps. In the summer a foot ferry operates and you can cross the river to the village of Rowhedge and walk back along the opposite bank.

Walks Out Of Town

Colchester's surrounding areas have many beautiful spots for walking, with the Dedham Vale and Mersea Island being particularly popular destinations.

Download these specially produced leaflets to help you get the most out of these historic areas. Both are full of useful information about the area as well as maps that will help you plan your walking route.

Long Distance Footpaths

Chappel Viaduct
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 Stour Valley Path
The Stour Valley Path is a 60 mile walk following the River Stour through Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
Wakes Colne Sign
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.

Walking Events

Family Heritage Treasure Trail

Family Heritage Treasure Trail

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 20 Jul - Sun 22 Sep 2019

FREE town trail, with prizes!

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Wed 21 Aug 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

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Sat 24 Aug 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum

Guided Tour - Uncovering Roman Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 24 Aug 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. The tour starts at the VisitColchester Information Centre, located in Hollytrees Museum

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Mon 26 Aug 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Wed 28 Aug 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 31 Aug 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 7 Sep 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Layer Marney Tower

Tower Tour

Layer Marney Tower

Sun 8 Sep 2019

Tour Leader, Jackie, will tell you some of the background history of the Tower, why it was built, who built it and the families who have lived here over the centuries.

Town to Sea

Guided Tour: The Town to Sea Trail

Colchester

Sat 14 Sep 2019

A free guided tour

Siege House

Guided Tour - Costumed & Themed Civil War Tour

Colchester

Sun 15 Sep 2019

A free guided tour

Roman Colchester

Guided Tour - Costumed & Themed Roman Tour

Colchester

Sun 15 Sep 2019

A free guided tour

Colchester Castle

Special Iron Age Tours

Colchester Castle Museum

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Special guided tours for Heritage Open Day 2019.

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 5 Oct 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 12 Oct 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 19 Oct 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 26 Oct 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Guided Walk: Rotten Romans & Naughty Normans

Guided Walk: Rotten Romans & Naughty Normans

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 26 Oct 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester Meet at the VisitColchester Information Centre, located in Hollytrees Museum

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 2 Nov 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 9 Nov 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 16 Nov 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 23 Nov 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre