West Mersea

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This walk is a real gem! There are superb views all the way and lots of interest too along the way. For example you will view The Strood, the causeway by which you will have accessed the island. This is said to be haunted by a Roman centurion. Certainly its vicinity is populated by an incredible variety of birds. Also on the way you will see oyster-beds, old and current and will probably have the opportunity to purchase some.

Each year nearby Colchester holds an Oyster Feast, where visiting invited celebrities consume quantities of the renowned Mersea shellfish. The boats and all that goes with them also provide ample entertainment, as well as the most picturesque views imaginable.

There are also some old and very quaint buildings along the way. 'The Nutshell', sited in the incredibly named City Road just off the waterfront, is tiny and well lives up (down?) to its name. External redecoration must be an absolute cinch. Personally I would not even need to have recourse to a stepladder to reach all that needs to be painted!

England - East England - Essex - Coast


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Play Area, Sea, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
28/09/2014 - tony chambers

I did this walk today or, at least, attempted to. There is a problem now at waymark 3. Although the footpath (bridleway) is signposted from Dawes Lane there is no discernible route as the whole field has been ploughed. Although it means more road walking, all with busy traffic, the only way I can see of reaching the footpath at waymark 4 is to walk to the end of Dawes Lane, turn left into East Mersea Road then left again at Colchester Road arriving at waymark 4, now on the righthand side of the road just past the reservoir. Unfortunately, I had not printed off a map so had to go back more or less the way I came but I shall try this amended route soon.