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Along the Colne Valley from Chappel to Colchester

This 8 mile linear walk runs from the tiny rural railway station at Chappel to the main line one at Colchester in Essex, following the River Colne nearly all the way. (The return leg can be completed by train, a journey that takes 15-30 minutes with one change at Marks Tey). Most of the walk passes through unspoilt, quiet and attractive scenery, including the 500 acre Woodland Trust nature reserve of Fordham Hall. Five pubs are on, or near, the route, providing ample scope for diversions. The Colchester end of the walk, while avoiding road walking, does offer some 'different' experiences - not one, but two, pedestrian tunnels amongst them.

Two sections of the walk get wet and boggy after rain - this is a walk for boots. There are two gentle climbs on the walk. Sheep will be encountered in the early part of the walk, and cattle may be in the central part. There are no stiles on the walk, only gates. The walk involves walking along very quiet tarmac lanes for a total of 1.3 miles, but these are very pleasant. There are three places where rural roads need to be crossed (where care needs to be taken), and one place where unfenced proximity to the A12 dual carriageway means that dogs must be temporarily leashed - the commentary provides plenty of explanation. You will need to cross a couple of golf course fairways so follow the safety notices here. Allow 4 hours.

Chappel rail station is served by trains running between Marks Tey and Sudbury. At Marks Tey these connect with trains on the main line between London Liverpool Street and Colchester, Ipswich, Norwich, Harwich and Clacton. There is free parking at the station, CO6 2DS, as well as a small but well equipped railway museum (which also hosts two superb beer festivals a year). Chappel is also served by buses. First bus routes 88 and 88A run from Colchester to Halstead. These buses stop at the village shop, on the A1124, where the route crosses this road.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Along the Colne Valley from Chappel to Colchester This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius

Location (Map)

Constable Country: Flatford and Dedham
Wivenhoe and the Colne Estuary