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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Saturday Walk - Wivenhoe Circular

This walk is made up of two loops, one on the Wivenhoe side of the river Colne and one on the Rowhedge side. However, there is no bridge - you need to take a ferry. This means the full walk is only possible at weekends and on bank holiday Mondays between Easter and the middle of October when the ferry at Wivenhoe is working. To add to the attraction, there is a regatta this weekend.
For today's outing, you are taking the ferry on arrival and doing the Rowhedge leg first, remembering to get the ferry back to do the Wivenhoe section. It is recommended that you use the on-line version of the walk.

Length: 9.2 miles (14.8km) 2 out of 10

Trains: Get the Liverpool Street Station 1018 Clacton train (Stratford 1025), arr Wivenhoe 1123 which should also catch the ferry. Return direct trains are xx23, or changing at xx32.

There is also an earlier indirect train, the 1000 Norwich train arr Colchester 1046, changing for the 1056 Wivenhoe train (platform 5) arriving 1115. The only earlier train for the ferry start is the 0918 arriving 1023.

Ferry: The ferry starts running at 1115 taking 10 minutes to make the crossing. This should mean that you catch a ferry at approx 1135. It takes 10 people on a first come first served basis. The Ferry finishes at 1445, and you should establish what time you need to catch the return trip. Allow 1h40 hours for walking the Rowhedge leg.

On the Wivenhoe side, the suggested lunch place is the Rose & Crown pub (tel. 01206-826371) on The Quay, serving food 10.30 to 9pm.

On the Rowhedge side' the suggested lunch place is The Anchor pub (tel. 01206-728382 on the High Street (80 metres from the ferry’s jetty), serving food from midday to 9.30pm.

Ye Olde Albion pub (tel. 01206-728972) at Rowhedge Quay does not serve food but welcomes walkers and allows them to eat sandwiches inside or outside – but do please buy a drink. This Free House is a watering hole for lovers of real ale.

1 comment:

BrightSpark said...

In my opinion the Wivenhoe loop is just the better of the two loops which make up the highly recommended Wivenhoe Circular. The Rowhedge loop has an historically interesting church and it's also very pretty down by the Roman River. However, the spectacular view walking down the River Colne brings pleasure to the soul. n=7 on this walk. Lastly, it was a real pleasure to be able to eat our sandwiches openly in a pub garden. The publican proudly announced to us, as we entered his pub, that this is an old fashioned drinking pub and consequently there was no food served here.