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. Noted for its sailing, fishing and oyster beds. West Mersea is a small town, with old fisherman's cottages and a shingle beach.
The most populated part of the island is West Mersea, which acts as the central hub of the island. This area attracts the most tourism and features the majority of local businesses. At this side of the island you'll find the Yacht Club, West Mersea Parish Church (St. Peter & St. Paul's), football ground, the MICA Centre, the Mersea Island Museum and Library.
The eastern side of Mersea is known for being rural farming-land and having the island's only country park, Cudmore Grove. However East Mersea is increasingly breaking the traditional stereotype and nowadays features restaurants, a youth camp, holiday parks, a public house and Mersea Island Vineyard.