From Colchester to Mersea Island
We asked top blogger Mark Ames of iBikeLondon to join us on a cycling break and share with you his route and top tips. Mark races through the lanes of Essex, lured by the promise of a seafood picnic.
Follow the riverside path south out of Colchester, picking up signs for the Wivenhoe Trail. At Wivenhoe station, wiggle through West Street and Bath Street, towards Wivenhoe quayside. Turn left at the Rose and Crown pub, then right on to East Street. Follow along Brook Street in to Anglesea Road – a gravel track. Pick up signs for Cycle Route 51 to Arlesford, following the route to Brightlingsea. At the pier catch the foot ferry to East Mersea, and head towards Chapman’s Lane, signposted Waldegraves. Follow the road all the way to West Mersea waterside then take the B1025 north across the island, over the then bear right at Peldon to continue north on the B road, past the church on your left, for the slog back home towards Colchester.