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 Centre

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

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.

Fixing The Link

Fixing The Link

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.

Download the map

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.


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

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.

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