Hollybush Hill - Brightlingsea - River Colne - Hollybush

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From Hollybush Hill descend to Flag Creek, walking on a raised bank with good views of the creek and surrounding farmland, with All Saints Church on the skyline, heading towards the Cinque Port of Brightlingsea with its active town centre and high street and excellent natural harbour. The oyster fishery was an important industry for Brightlingsea and there was a large fishing fleet of Colchester Smacks. In the 1930s more sprats were landed here than in all the rest of the country. The old port is well worth a visit; in the summer months it's a hive of activity and a very busy centre for craft of all sizes. Bateman Tower, which was built in 1883 by John Bateman as a recuperation area for his daughter who was suffering from consumption, can be seen as you leave Brightlingsea on the river footpath, which used to be The Crab and Winkle Line in the days when Brightlingsea had a rail link to Colchester. Then leave the River Colne behind and walk across country to All Saints Church for the walk back to Hollybush Hill on some nice wide grass tracks.

England - East England - Essex - Coast


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Museum, Nature Trail, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
27/10/2019 - Sid Marks

A really nice walk. Lots to see highly recommended. I parked in Bentley Country Park to start the walk,ample parking there. Just a few updates. At waymark 4,the footpath where you turn left before the field entrance isn't signed. At waymark 5,it is the end of Hurst Green where you turn right into the High Street,not Chapel Road. Also the Nationwide bank on the corner of Sydney Street has gone. At waymark 6,The Sun pub is no longer there. At waymark 7,the raised grass bank where you turn right is just before a kissing gate. At waymark 13,the 15mph sign on the telegraph pole now reads 10mph.