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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.
Total distance of main route is 21.6km/13.4miles . Short Walks A 8.9km/5.5miles B 5.2km/3.3miles
- Description of route - Mersea Island
- Length of route (miles) - 13
Map & 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.
Parking available in West and East Merse
Public Transport Directions
Not accessible by train. Nearest station Colchester