GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wivenhoe Trail

3 miles (4.2 km)

The town of Wivenhoe is located just south of Colchester on the River Colne in Essex. There's some lovely riverside walks and the town centre is also worth exploring on foot. It's a designatedconservation area, with lots of buildings of some architecturalsignificance.
This walk or cycle follows the Wivenhoe Trail along the river from Wivenhoe to Colchester. The trail runs for about 2.5 miles along a flat footpath with train stations at either end. There's great views of the surrounding countryside and a number of sculptures along the way, each one representing part of the history of the area.
The walk starts from the train station where you can pick up the Wivenhoe Trail and follow it north west along the river past Wivenhoe Wood. The trail passes the University of Essex before coming to the outskirts of Colchester at Hythe. Here you can catch the train back from Hythe Station or return along the same path.
You can head in the other direction along the river on the Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea. This starts in Wivenhoe and heads south to Alresford Creek and the Colne Estuary National Nature Reserve in Brightlingsea.


CO7 9DJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Wivenhoe OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wivenhoe Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Wivenhoe

  • Brightlingsea - This attractive coastal town is located in the Tendring district of Essex
  • Colchester - A circular riverside walk around the centre of Colchester, visiting Colchester Castle and the River Colne
  • Mersea Island - Explore the coastline of the most easterly inhabited island in the United Kingdom island on this circular walk near Colchester
  • Cudmore Grove Country Park - Located at theeastern end of Mersea Island this super country park is perfect for an easy coastal walk
  • Abberton Reservoir - This is a circular cycle ride on the quiet roads and country lanes surrounding this large reservoir near Colchester, Essex
  • Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea - This walk takes you along the river Colne from Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea.
  • Brightlingsea - This attractive coastal town is located in the Tendring district of Essex
  • Fingringhoe Wick - This walk visits the Fingringhoe WickNature Reservein the Essex village of Fingringhoe.
  • High Woods Country Park - This country park in Colchester includes woodland, open spaces, ponds, a lake and wildflower meadows
  • Ardleigh Reservoir - This reservoir near Colchester has a nice country lane running along its northern side


Head to The Black Buoy for some refreshments after your exercise. The popular inn has been named CAMRA Rural Pub or the Year winner several times. They do excellent food and also have a lovely beer garden to relax in on warmer days. You can find the pub on Black Buoy Hill with a postcode of CO7 9BS.

Dog Walking

The trail is great for dog walking and there's more nice woodland trails in nearby Cockaynes Wood too. The Black Bouy mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south east and you can visit the attractive town of Brightlingsea. There's good paths along the Colne Estuary with lots of water loving wildlife to see on Brightlingsea Marsh.
Just east of the train station you'll find Cockaynes Wood, a nature reserve managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust. There's some nice trails here with ancient woodland, ponds and pretty bluebells in the spring months. You can find the wood at postcode CO7 9JX for your sat navs.
A couple of miles to the south on the western side of the river you'll find the noteworthy Fingringhoe Wick. The noteworthy site is one of the finest nature reserves in the country. There's some lovely trails taking you around the marshland, lakes and heathland at the reserve. It's a great area for bird watching with many different species to observe.


Wivenhoe Trail - - 361760

A view from the Wivenhoe Trail looking over the River Colne towards Colchester.

River Colne at Wivenhoe - - 999722

River Colne at Wivenhoe. Looking downstream from the end of West Quay, at low water. The Colne Barrier (completed in 1993) can be seen in the background. Various landing stages jut out into the tidal river.

Wivenhoe and the River Colne - - 999767

River Colne in the town. The mooring bollard in the foreground is on the disused Rowhedge Wharf. This view downstream shows modern housing that has been built on the former quays at Wivenhoe.

Wivenhoe, across the River Colne - - 999814

The town viewed across the river from the end of Ferry Lane, Fingringhoe, towards St Mary's Church

Captain's Cottages, Wivenhoe - - 999640

Captain's Cottages. These cottages front the quayside in the town. The road to the left is Quay Street.

Boat at Wivenhoe Quay - - 999665

Boat at Wivenhoe Quay. Many boats lie on the mud at low water.

Wivenhoe Park - - 970934

Wivenhoe Park. Early morning sunshine on the eastern of the two lakes in the park. The park is located east of the river by the University

Cockaynes Wood 6

Cockaynes Wood - a nature reserve located off this route but close to the town centre


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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