Maydays Farm - Pyefleet Channel
  • Maydays Farm - Pyefleet Channel
  • Cudmore Grove Country Park
  • Mersea Island, River Colne
  • West Mersea
  • West Mersea
  • West Mersea
  • West Mersea
  • Mersea Oyster Beds
  • East Mersea
  • Mersea cliffs

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Essex has more islands than any other English county, and they are special too. These are England’s most important salt marshes. Canvey, Osea, Foulness and many more. 

Mersea Island is arguably the most beautiful; a combination of wild and urban magic. Somewhere to see porpoises and migrating ospreys in spring, or red squirrels all year round. Good food, drink and hospitality – everything from local caught oysters and vineyard wine, to pubs and dining. 

The island is connected to land by a mythical causeway known as the 'Strood' – believed to be one of the only Anglo-Saxon land bridges in England. Mersea can be navigated by sail or kayak, but is probably best seen from the land. The terra visitor gets isolated sea and land views, as well as easy access to lazy deckchairs, historic buildings and refreshments.

The first stretch, along the wilds of Mersea beach, was a stunning vista of yachts, dilapidated houseboats, and the 'monkey steps' where, in the 18th and 19th centuries, officials would guard against smugglers.

Forget the traffic and forget the noise. The gently rolling landscape of Essex, sprinkled with rivers and lit by constantly changing East Anglian skies, miles of country lanes, hidden byways, bridleways and public footpaths is best explored by walking or cycling.

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  • Disabled toilets - CO5, Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8XB


  • On-site catering - There is limited catering along the 3 mile stretch between Cudmore Grove Country Park and Seaview Public Car Park, Colchester, CO5 8DE
  • On-site light refreshments - There are limited refreshments along the 3 mile stretch between Cudmore Grove Country Park and Seaview Public Car Park, Colchester, CO5 8DE
  • Picnic site - Cudmore Grove Country Park, Broman's Ln, East Mersea, Colchester CO5 8UE


  • Free Parking - Some off street parking around West Mersea.
  • Parking with charge - Cudmore Grove Country Park, Coast Rd, Victoria Esplanade Parking, Seaview Public Car Park.

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets - Cudmore Grove Country Park, Coast Rd, Victoria Esplanade


  • Accessibility of route - Urban parts of coastal route around West Mersea Coast Road are suitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs. Other parts of the seawall are not suitable. The terrain is generally flat but can get muddy in winter. There are very few steps or stiles.
  • Circular Route
  • Coastal - Mostly seawall
  • Countryside - Yes, but some urban
  • Length of route (km) - 21.6
  • Length of route (miles) - 13.4


  • Dog Owners - Dogs must be kept on lead at times. Some restrictions around beaches in summer.
  • Families


Map & Directions

Road Directions

If you are travelling from London or the south, take the A12 from junction 28 of the M25. Leave the A12 at junction 27 and take the A133 towards Colchester followed by the A134. Finally take the B1025 crossing the Strood Causeway onto the island. For Cudmore Grove take the left fork onto E Mersea Road, Follow the road east for 2.91 mi (4.69 km) and turn right into Broman’s Lane. Follow the lane down to the wooden gate and enter Cudmore Grove car park.

Public Transport Directions

Getting to Mersea Island by public transport Colchester is served by a frequent rail Greater Anglia rail service directly from London Liverpool Street. For more information please call 0845 600 7245 or visit https:// A regular bus service runs from Colchester to Mersea Island. Catch 63, 69 or 69A bus ( to Fen Lane, East Road, East Mersea, CO5 8TP, and walk 850 yards (780 m) to Cudmore Grove. Alternatively, catch the 67B ( to Victory Pub, at West Mersea.  

Oyster Beds and Salt Marshes; Magical Mersea

Type:Walking Route

Cudmore Grove Country Park, Bromans Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8UE

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