This circular walk takes you around the lovely Tollesbury Wick Marshes. On the way there's fine views over to Mersea Island and a waterside stretch along the River Blackwater. The marshes are excellent for bird watching with Golden Plover, Lapwing, Wigeon, Avocet and Marsh Harrier notable species. There's also sheep, cattle and Exmoor ponies to see on the attractive grazing marshes.
Start the walk from the public car park just to the east of the village. From here you can pick up footpaths heading east past the marina and then around the marshes. It's a flat path so will suit most abilities. The route runs for about 5 miles with the option of continuing west along Goldhanger Creek towards Maldon on the Blackwater Estuary Walk.
This section of the path gives good views out to Osea Island and Northey Island where there are more excellent bird watching opportunities.
Tollesbury Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Tollesbury Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Tollesbury OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Tollesbury Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Harbour View Restaurant is located in a great position at Tollesbury Marina. They do very good seafood which you can enjoy outside with views over the coastline. You can find the restaurant at 37 Woodrolfe Park with a postcode of CM9 8SE for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head west and you could visit the neighbouring village of Goldhanger. There's more nice trails along the sea wall with a 14th century pub and noteworthy Norman church to see in the village.
On the opposite side of the estuary there's the village of Bradwell on Sea to visit. Here you can pick up the epic St Peters Way footpath which starts from the 7th century chapel of St Peter on the Wall, just to the east of the village.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.