Explore the coastline of the most easterly inhabited island in the United Kingdom island on this circular walk near Colchester. The route takes you along the coastline visiting beaches, Cudmore Grove Country Park and the settlements of West Mersea and East Mersea. Look out for wildlife including Marsh harriers, watervoles, red squirrels, and numerous wintering birds.
The route starts from West Mersea and passes along the Strood Channel with lovely views over the water to Ray Island Nature Reserve and Langenhoehall Marsh. You continue to Reeveshall Marsh where there are good views over the Pyfleet Channel to Pewit Island.
The route continues to the south side of the island to Cudmore Grove Country Park. Here you can stroll along the lovely sandy beach and enjoy views across Brightlingsea Reach towards Brightlingsea. There's also marshland and grassland which is perfect for picnics.
The walk then passes along the south side of the island with great views over the Mersea Flats to the Blackwater Estuary. The final section takes you along the coast through West Mersea to the finish point.
If you'd like to extend your walking in the area then you could head north to the lovely Abberton Reservoir. The reservoir is excellent for bird watching with thousands of wildlfowl to look out for on the water.
Our Blackwater Estuary Walk starts from nearby Maldon and runs to the Tollesbury Wick Nature Reserve.
Mersea Island Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Mersea Island Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Mersea Island OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Mersea Island Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's lots of good choice for refreshments on your walk. One of the highlights is the Coast Inn, located on the western side of the island. There's a friendly atmosphere and stylish blend of traditional wooden floors, modern leather sofas and a cosy real log fire. You can sit outside on the terrace and enjoy fine views of the Blackwater estuary with your meal. You can find the pub at 108 Coast Rd, West Mersea, CO58NA.