Hidden Colchester

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Take a walk through the backstreets, lanes and alleys of Colchester to discover its secrets and hidden gems, as well as a selection of familiar sites that conceal unusual stories within their walls. You'll be taken on a tour of Colchester's hidden locations and also discover the town's hidden history thanks to a a handy timeline that will help you piece together the events and stories that have shaped the town. 

From the prehistoric to the present day, this enjoyable walking trail is full of surprises and suitable for all the family. The circular route begins at the gates of Castle Park with a tale of oil mining and deep-sea diving in Mexico, before taking you through many of the town's most well-loved areas including Castle Park and the Dutch Quarter. 

The trail can be downloaded or a physical copy can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre.

The walk includes some moderate hills, and uneven surfaces.

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Hidden Colchester Walking Trail

Type:Walking Route

Starting point: Hollytrees House, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH

Tel: 01206 282920