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Sunday, 14 July 2019

A Summer Sunday by the Seaside with Oysters (Wivenhoe to Mersea Island)

SWC 247: Wivenhoe to Mersea Island T=SWC.247

Distance:  12 Miles or 19 km for those more metrically minded (shorter and longer options available -- see walk intro page)

Difficulty:  2 out of 10

Train:  Take the 9:38 AM Greater Anglia Clacton-on-Sea train from London Liverpool Street (9:46 Stratford), arriving at Wivenhoe at 10:46. Return from West Mersea is via bus to Colchester – bus 67B leaves West Mersea High Street at 16:40; 18:40 and 20:40 with trains from Colchester at 03; 07 and 30 minutes past the hour. If you step lively from the bus at the “Albert” stop in Colchester you may catch the 30 minutes past the hour train. Buy a day return to Wivenhoe. 

I do not think that this walk has ever been posted – but with a tidal river, ferry crossing, seaside stroll and oysters what else could you ask for on a [sunny] Sunday in Summer. The first part of the walk will be famliar to anyone who has done the Book 1 Wivenhoe circular and follows the picturesque River Colne to Arlesford Creek. Unfortunately, here it looks necessary to divert inland to a bridge – but rather than going through suburbs to Brightlingsea, I suggest we pass by the church and pick up the coastal route – this will add a few km (factored into the distance referenced above) but looks more interesting….Instructions for the walk are sparse – so best to also print the map or download the GPX file. In Brightlingsea, we will catch the hourly ferry across to Mersea Island (we should aim for the 2:00 PM or 3:00 PM ferry), where the tide will be low and we can walk along the beach front path, possibly stopping for a swim along the way…

In West Mersea, late afternoon oysters should be enjoyed before catching the bus to Colchester for the return train. You can find more information about the walk here.

The recommended lunch stop is the Yachtsman’s Arms harbourside in Brightlingsea (6 miles/10 km into the walk).  Tea and other late afternoon refreshments can be had various places in West Mersea while waiting for the bus….note, oysters are a specialty….

Enjoy the walk!


Unknown said...

Can you wear trainers for this walk?

Anonymous said...

Although I have not done this walk, I would suspect trainers would be ok. I am planning to wear my tevas.....