Cudmore Grove Country Park
Located at the eastern end of Mersea Island this super country park is perfect for an easy coastal walk.
You can stroll along the lovely sandy beach and enjoy views across Mersea Island and Brightlingsea Reach towards Brightlingsea. There's also marshland and grassland which is perfect for picnics. The circular walk below starts at the car park and follows the beach for about a mile before returning through the countryside on a mixture of walking paths and country lanes. On the way look out for the 16th century fort and a large variety of coastal wildlife.
The park is located about 7 miles south of Colchester.
PostcodeCO5 8UE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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There's a decent cafe at the site where you can enjoy some refreshments after your exercise.
The park is ideal for dogs with open spaces and a beach to run along on. You'll likely see plenty of other dogs with their owners on your visit.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To extend your walk you could pick up the Mersea Island Walk which takes you around the whole island. The route takes you along the coastline visiting several beaches and the settlements of West Mersea and East Mersea.
On the northern side of Colchester there's High Woods Country Park to explore. There's some pleasant cycling and walking trails with a lake, woodland trails and a visitor centre to be found in this popular park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.