Chappel Viaduct

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Rising up from the horizon on the A1124 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 and Sudbury.

Located at the Viaduct is the  East Anglian Railway Museum, a complex of Victorian buildings bringing to life the story of the Eastern Counties Railways from 1840- 21st century.

There are various walks around the Colne Valley which can be joined from the Viaduct. These range from a short stroll around Millenium Green , the Chappel and Wakes Colne World War II Trail or a longer ramble across way marked footpaths. The Essex Way and the Colne Valley Path both pass through Chappel.

If you are looking for some light refreshment, visit The Swan Pub, suitably located beneath the Viaduct, offering fantastic views.

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  • Picnic site


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted

Map & Directions


Road Directions

Travel along the A1124 from Colchester - Halstead, the Viaduct is located at Wakes Colne/Chappel about 7 miles from Colchester

Public Transport Directions

By bus , bus 88 from Colchester- halstead stops directly underneath the Viaduct.

By train, take the train from Colchester to marks tey, change at Marks Tey to travel to Wakes Colne.

Chappel Viaduct

Type:Industrial Heritage

Wakes Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DF

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)