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Brightlingsea Church and Alresford Creek

This five mile lollipop-shape walk offers varied and attractive country – estuary, a creek, pasture and arable farmland, woodland, a sand quarry (both working and abandoned) and extensive views, 6 miles south east of Colchester in Essex. Birdwatching opportunities vary from 'good' to 'excellent'. It shares some of the route of another iFootpath walk, 'Brightlingsea: Coast, Creeks and Country', but is shorter, and has some attractive parts that the longer walk does not.

The walking is easy throughout, with just one slight climb. No sections are noticeably wet, but doubtless some may become so after heavy rain. The 'stick' of the 'lollipop' is comprised of a distance of 0.7 miles along a quiet country tarmac lane (but which some lorries use). As you do this twice, there is a total of 1.4 miles on tarmac. Both cattle and sheep will be encountered and you will need to negotiate kissing gates, but the walk is stile free. Allow three hours, plus view gazing and birdwatching time. (Note: a shorter alternative would be to drive down the country lane to Waypoint 1, by the quarry entrance, and start walking from here. Cars park here, and one more should be OK. Park on the left side of the road, just past the quarry entrance).

The walk starts from Brightlingsea Church on the B1029, post code CO7 0RZ. There is a large pull in area in front of the church, which provides free parking for half a dozen cars. This point is passed by the First Essex bus 62 from Colchester to Brightlingsea 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 plus bus.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Brightlingsea Church and Alresford Creek This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

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