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Town Centre, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0BP, www.essex-sunshine-coast.org.uk, (7 miles, 12kms)
The town of Brightlingsea - the only Cinque port outside Kent and Sussex, a centre for all things nautical.
Town Centre, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1, www.enjoybraintree.co.uk, (8 miles, 12kms)
Once an important place in the trade of wool and lace-making, Coggeshall is now a lovely old-world town.
Town Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1, www.visitcolchester.com, (4 miles, 6kms)
Bold, energetic and contrasting - Colchester is more than Britain's oldest recorded town.
Mersea Island, Essex, CO5 8, www.visitcolchester.com, (5 miles, 8kms)
Britain's most easterly inhabited island, home to the settlements of East and West Mersea. It is accessed by 'The Strood' - a causeway which at high tide floods, making the island separate from the mainland.
Rowhedge, Essex, CO5 7ES, www.rowhedge.com, (4 miles, 6kms)
Rowhedge is a small village some two and half miles east of Colchester on the banks of the River Colne.
Town Centre, Tiptree, Essex, CO5 0, www.visitcolchester.co.uk, (5 miles, 8kms)
Best known for its production of jam, this little town is surrounded by orchards.
Town Centre, Wivenhoe, Essex, CO7 9, www.wivenhoe.gov.uk, (4 miles, 7kms)
Set on the wooded slopes of the River Colne, Wivenhoe has attractive old inns and a pretty quayside.
Colchester, CO1 2PG, Tel: 01206 282920, (4 miles, 6kms)
Colchester Town Centre has a lot to offer with a wide range of shops and a great deal of different architechture
In or near : Colchester, Essex, (4 miles, 7kms)
Quayside area in the historic Essex village of Wivenhoe.