Essex Way Stage 5 - Coggeshall to West Bergholt
- Length of route (miles) - 13
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The Essex Way stretches 82 miles in total from Epping Station to Harwich Old Lighthouse. This fifth stage of the Essex Way is 13 miles long. It starts at Coggeshall and finishes at West Bergholt, Colchester.
The rivers Blackwater and Colne are an important feature of this walk, and the inland trail link between the two rivers is a simple, if long, way to connect Colchester (where the Colne meets the sea) to Maldon (where the Blackwater meet the sea). Colchester and Maldon are otherwise connected tidally along 24 miles via the Blackwater and Colne estuaries which are divided by the Mersea Island off shore.
The path is most scenic around the River Colne, which is in many parts still navigable. The walker who carries a packraft can take advantage of various launch points, although permissions are needed as most of the river is in private hands. Landowners and businesses along the river do sometimes offer rowing boats for hire but these services can tend to come and go.
The highlights are the wild poppies around Teybrook Farm, the Jubilee Oak and sitting to watch kingfishers along the River Colne. Further points of interest can be found below.
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