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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sunday First Walk - Essex riverside and ferry

Book 1 Walk 30 – Wivenhoe Circular
Length: 14.8km (9.2 miles) Toughness: 2/10

09:32 Clacton-on-Sea train from Liverpool Street (Stratford 09:39) arriving at Wivenhoe at 10:53.

Return trains from Wivenhoe are at xx.57 (journey time 1 hour 17 mins).

This walk is made up of two loops – one on the Wivenhoe side of the tidal River Colne, and one on the Rowhedge side, linked by a ferry that operates only during the period around high tide. Today high tide is at 12:22 and the ferry will run from 10:15 to 14:45. This means that you’ll need to head straight for the ferry on arrival at Wivenhoe and do the Rowhedge side first before crossing back for the Wivenhoe loop.

If you complete the Rowhedge loop in a couple of hours, you’ll have time for lunch at The Anchor pub (01206 728382) in Rowhedge, just yards from the ferry’s jetty. But make sure you don’t miss the last ferry! On the Wivenhoe side the recommended lunch pub is the Rose & Crown (01206 826371) on The Quay.

The afternoon walk is along the mudflats of the River Colne, and there are several options for tea in Wivenhoe. These, together with the walk directions, can be found here.

1 comment:

Chris L said...

N=8 The little Wivenhoe ferry boat holds 10 passengers so we were all able to cross the river together. But it was disconcerting to discover that the ferry would cease to operate an hour earlier than advertised, owing to a misprint in the timetable. That put paid to plans for a pub lunch on the Rowhedge side, and resulted for some in an hour's wait for food at the busy Rose & Crown on Wivenhoe quayside. And 45 minutes after first ordering, the pub announced that roast dinners had run out so one walker had to re-order. After a pleasant afternoon section along the river, which one walker opted out of, most took tea in the Tudor Tea Rooms while one enjoyed an excellent, and cheaper, tea in the local church.