Follow the river Colne down from Castle Park in Colchester town centre, through nature and forests and fields and discover the riverside town of Wivenhoe. This historic port is a picturesque part of Colchester’s coastal line, set on the estuary to the North Sea.
Wivenhoe is ideal for walks, both relaxing Sunday strolls or as a good stop off point on longer hikes. The Wivenhoe trail running from the Hythe to Wivenhoe is a 4 mile scenic riverside walk, with wonderful pubs and restaurants to welcome you for a rewarding refreshment at the end.
• Try the Town to Sea or Wivenhoe trail, taking you from Colchester town centre to the Hythe or on to Wivenhoe, with interesting artwork along the way telling you about the history of the river and its ports.
• Find various nature spots in the area, including the Wivenhoe Forest, Marshes and Hythe lagoons. These well-kept areas are great for wildlife exploring. The village of Fingringhoe just across the river is home to Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve (Essex Wildlife Trust).
• In warmer months, take the foot ferry to other great walking spots in the area, such as Brightlingsea, Rowhedge and Fingringhoe
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History & Culture
Walk through the windy streets of Wivenhoe and take in the wonky medieval buildings and beautiful timber-framed houses. An historic port, Wivenhoe has a wealth of history reflected in its buildings and streets. Find out more about this history and culture by exploring
• St Mary the Virgin church, a part-Saxon building with Roman tiles
• Nottage Maritime Museum, open certain months
• Sentinel Gallery, an art gallery with rotating exhibitions
• A small ferry operated by local volunteers runs between May – October. The ferry goes between Wivenhoe and Rowhedge, and can drop you off at Fingringhoe upon special request.
• The Brightlingsea Foot Ferry can stop off at Wivenhoe. See the website for more details.
Where to Eat
Reward yourself after a long hike, or simply indulge in the great pub food with riverside views, in some of the great places to eat in Wivenhoe:
• Riverside Pubs
• Award-winning Fish & Chips shops
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Getting to Wivenhoe
• By bus: Buses No. 61, 62 or 87 go to Wivenhoe from Colchester town centre (61 and 62 also from Colchester Station), via the University of Essex. Buses are very frequent and run 7 days a week.
• By train: Trains from Colchester Town centre, Colchester Station, and London Liverpool Street all go to Wivenhoe. From the other direction trains run from Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze. Trains run once or twice an hour.
• Walk: follow the Wivenhoe trail from Colchester town centre and the Hythe down to Wivenhoe.
• Cycle: the Wivenhoe trail is part of the National Cycle route 51. Use of cycles on this path is permissive, so be aware of walkers on this popular walking route.
• Car: Access to Wivenhoe is off the A133 from Colchester. Parking is limited in the narrow streets so consider public transport which is easily accessible and frequent.
• Ferry: the Wivenhoe ferry, operated by volunteers, runs in the warmer months from Rowhedge. The Brightlingsea ferry occasionally also goes to Wivenhoe.