Wandering around Wivenhoe
PUBLISHED: 20:12 02 April 2015 | UPDATED: 20:12 02 April 2015
This walk offers great variety, starting from the quaint riverside town of Wivenhoe and taking you through countryside, woods and the Colne River path via the village of Alresford
1 Turn right out of the car park and walk down the High Street to the parish church of St Mary the Virgin. Go through the church yard to the left of the church and out of the metal kissing gate in the far corner. Turn left, passing the Black Buoy pub and continue down to the River Colne. Turn left and follow the route along by the river, past the riverside apartments and the site of Cook’s Shipyard which has an information board for visitors. Pass the jetty, the Colne Barrier building and Wivenhoe Yacht Club. Go through the kissing gate and soon after take the footpath on the left, going down the bank onto a wide grass path.
2 Continue to another kissing gate, going up steps and down the other side and proceed along a well walked path alongside a fence, through another kissing gate and up through an avenue of trees to the road at the top. Go right, using the grass verge on the other side of the road. Pass the quarry access road and then immediately after the cottages, take the footpath on the left. This soon narrows between fences leading to the stile by the railway line. Cross with care.
3 On the other side, go left. The path swings right along a track but soon after you turn right leaving the track and following the footpath through the trees and along by the pretty meandering Sixpenny Brook. Go over a bridge and then a boardwalk and follow the footpath arrows to the end where you reach a wide track. Turn right and follow the way-markers straight on along the edge of a crop field. When you reach Cockaynes Wood go straight ahead through the trees. After a while the path emerges at the lane.
4 Turn right and walk along the lane. At the end, at the road T-junction, turn right and walk along the pavement of the residential road, and cross the railway line. At the next crossroads go straight over into Church Road. Continue past all the cottages and further down the road take the footpath on the right by the old ruined church.
The path goes gently downhill. After crossing the brook the route goes uphill between large fishing lakes, to a concrete road. On the other side of the road turn right along the bridleway.
Further along, take the path which goes to the left of the hedgerow and follow the path along the field edge. At the seat the path bends left and goes downhill. Proceed through a little wood which goes more steeply down (steps) to a T-junction of paths by the River Colne.
5 Turn right along a shady path with the river to your left. After some distance the path swings left out of the trees and onto the raised river path. Wivenhoe can be seen ahead. After about half a mile you eventually reach the same footpath where you turned off at the end of point 1. Retrace your route into Wivenhoe, but as an alternative you may wish to continue on along the quay past the Rose & Crown pub and then right up to the High Street and back to the car park.