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Colchester

Essex


Slow Ways linking Colchester and Bures, Coggeshall, Hadleigh, Halstead, Manningtree, Tiptree, Wivenhoe

England / Essex / Colchester

Colchester’s seven Slow Ways are 39% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 4/7
verified: 1/7
and surveyed: 0/7

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Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Colchester from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Bures—Colchester
Burcol one

Double check Distance 166km/103mi Ascent 159m Descent 151m
Bures—Colchester
Burcol two Pioneer me Distance 164km/102mi Ascent 168m Descent 160m
Coggeshall—Colchester
Cogcol one Pioneer me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 103m Descent 100m
Coggeshall—Colchester
Cogcol two Pioneer me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 160m Descent 157m
Colchester—Hadleigh
Colhad one Pioneer me Distance 25km/16mi Ascent 316m Descent 308m
Colchester—Manningtree
Colman one

Survey me Distance 20km/12mi Ascent 130m Descent 152m
Colchester—Wivenhoe
Colwiv one

Review me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 49m Descent 73m
Halstead—Colchester
Halcol one

Double check Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 193m Descent 183m
Tiptree—Colchester
Tipcol one Pioneer me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 120m Descent 144m

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Collective progress

39% of Colchester’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

9/9

drawn

4/9

reviewed

0/9

surveyed

1/9

verified

8 people have contributed to Colchester’s Slow Ways

4 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Colchester

216km out of 460km have been walked and reviewed

288km of reviews have been shared in Colchester

Latest Updates

Tiptree—Colchester

James Piers Taylor pledged to walk Tipcol one

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Leaving Colchester up the hill through the High Woods Country Park was lovely to look back over the city before we immersed ourselves in the winding woodland paths....

Pandora

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The trip was a wonderful walk, with a great variety of landscapes and surfaces. Could potentially be muddy when wet weather, but overall a good footpath. There are some difficulties as explained by previous reviewer Thom Brisco....

Tiril Sofie Berg

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The route’s major challenge is a stretch that passes right through the middle of Crown Quarry to the west of Ardleigh....

Thom Brisco

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(There's a bus that runs between Halstead and Colchester every half hour on weekdays, stopping at each of the villages, if you can't manage the whole route). The route as shown through the industrial estate can't be taken, as the estate is surrounded by a fence so you can't access it from the pathway, and the old railway line becomes impassable at this point....

Nick Barlow

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Colchester

Jude surveyed Colchester

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Footpath on Colchester side of this is currently closed (Autumn 2022) because of building works. No estimate given locally for reopening....

Jude

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The route starts from Wivenhoe rail station and the first section follows a path along the River Colne, passing through a nature reserve. Towards the end of the route I had to improvise slightly at the car park when the prescribed route could not be accessed....

Tracy K

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Colchester

bethemagpie surveyed Colchester

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The path from Brook Street railway tunnel to the Moors can be overgrown at times. I propose an diversion along the north bank of the Colne, croosing to Spurgeon Street to reach St Leonards Church...

Zenicepian

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The path from Brook Street railway tunnel to the Moors can be overgrown at times. I propose an diversion along the north bank of the Colne, croosing to Spurgeon Street to reach St Leonards Church...

Zenicepian

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The path between Crown Lane North and Wick Lane goes through the middle of a quarry and is steep and very rutted on the south side and equally steep but loose shingle on the north side....

Timothy Hull

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Bures—Colchester

David Emerson added Burcol one, a new walk from Bures to Colchester

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Bures—Colchester

David Emerson added Burcol two, a new walk from Bures to Colchester

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Coggeshall—Colchester

Slow Ways added Cogcol one, a new walk from Coggeshall to Colchester

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Coggeshall—Colchester

Slow Ways added Cogcol two, a new walk from Coggeshall to Colchester

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Colchester—Hadleigh

Slow Ways added Colhad one, a new walk from Colchester to Hadleigh

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Colchester—Manningtree

Slow Ways added Colman one, a new walk from Colchester to Manningtree

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Colchester—Wivenhoe

Slow Ways added Colwiv one, a new walk from Colchester to Wivenhoe

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Halstead—Colchester

Slow Ways added Halcol one, a new walk from Halstead to Colchester

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Tiptree—Colchester

Slow Ways added Tipcol one, a new walk from Tiptree to Colchester

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Colchester, Thu 18 April

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Colchester’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TL9961025221

Lat / Lon

51.88980° / 0.89934°

Easting / Northing

599,610E / 225,221N

Fancy stretching your legs a bit more?

If you’ve polished off all of the routes between Colchester and its neighbours, how about walking its whole web?

This includes the great ring of routes that join its neighbours to each other!

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Colchester's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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