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Brightlingsea: Coast, Creeks and Country

This nine and a half mile circular Essex walk offers varied and attractive country – estuary, creeks, pasture and arable farmland, woodland, sand quarries (both working and abandoned), extensive views, and the historic Cinque port of Brightlingsea, 8 miles south east of Colchester. Birdwatching opportunities vary from 'good' to 'excellent'. This walk provides a lot of interest and surpassed my expectations!

The walking is flat and easy-going throughout. No sections were wet, but doubtless some may become so after heavy rain. There are several kissing gates and just one stile, which will not provide a daunting barrier for either humans or dogs. About two miles of the route is on tarmac, most of which is quiet country lanes, but including about 0.3 of a mile through Brightlingsea, taking in its historic 'Hard'. Both cattle and sheep will be encountered. Allow five hours, plus view-gazing, birdwatching and exploration time.

The walk starts from Brightlingsea Promenade Way, CO7 0HH. Along this road there are three car parks, plus on road parking. The on road parking is free, but between May – September the car parks cost 80p - £1 per hour, depending on the length of stay. The tracked route starts in the middle of the three car parks, but as long as you head for the walkway in front of the beach huts, you will pick the tracked route up. Brightlingsea is served by the First Essex bus 62 from Colchester and the Hedingham bus 87, also from Colchester. Both of these buses also serve the next village of Alresford, where there is a station on the railway line from Colchester to Clacton. So this walk can be reached by train.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Brightlingsea: Coast, Creeks and Country This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

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

Location (Map)

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