GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Abberton Reservoir

10 miles (16 km)

This is a circular cycle ride on the quiet roads and country lanes surrounding this large reservoir near Colchester, Essex. Abberton is the fourth largest reservoir in England with an area of nearly 5 square kilometres (1,200 acres).
The route starts at the visitor centre and takes you to Great Wigborough, Peldon and Malting Green. This route is designed for cyclists but walkers can enjoy walks from the visitor centre at the start of this route. The reservoir is excellent for bird watching with thousands of wildlfowl to look out for on the water. These include Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Coot and Black-headed Gull which can be spotted from the three bird hides. The visitor centre also has a wealth of information on the wildlife you can expect to see in this lovely wetlands area.
If you'd like to extend your walking in the area then you could head south and visit the lovely Mersea Island. The round the island circular walk visits a number of nice beaches and the pretty Cudmore Grove Country Park.


CO2 0EU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Abberton Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Abberton Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west you could pay a visit to the large village of Tiptree. There's some nice trails here around the Tiptree Heath Nature Reserve where there are some interesting plants and Exmoor ponies to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Bird feeders by the Visitors Centre at Abberton Reservoir - - 771826

Bird feeders by the Visitors Centre at Abberton Reservoir

Abberton Pumphouse - - 207444

Abberton Pumphouse. This pumping station is on the north shore of the reservoir near Blind Knights

Abberton Reservoir - - 37806

Abberton Reservoir from the B1026 causeway. The valley was flooded in the 1930’s by the South Essex Water Company. The Reservoir was used for navigation and bomb run practice by 617 Squadron “The Dambusters” in 1943. Guy Gibson referred to it as “Colchester Lake” in his biography “Enemy Coast Ahead”. It is now a wildfowl reserve of international significance.

Abberton Reservoir (southern shore) - - 207477

This is a view of the southern part of the reservoir


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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