Tollesbury Wick Marshes from Tollesbury

A Tollesbury walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 26/07/16

An Essex walk that explores the salt marshes between the village of Tollesbury and the River Blackwater. Tollesbury has much of interest inclusing a bustling marina, restored sail lofts and a preserved lightship.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h15[?]
Distance Distance : 11.33km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 19m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 18m
Highest point Highest point : 28m
Lowest point Lowest point : 0m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Tollesbury
Starting point Starting point : N 51.759667° / E 0.84337°
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(D/A) After parking exit the car park and turn left towards the marina. Before starting the walk, it is a good idea to take the short walk out to the preserved lightship, which lies at the end of a footpath from the road. To start the walk bear right off Woodrolfe Road past the restored sail lofts (on your right). Continue along the south side of the extensive marina and join the signed public footpath (grid ref. TL968102). In initially the path heads northeast following the sea wall but soon turns south-east to reach Shinglehead Point.

(1) The path turns south-west here and continues along the north shore of the River Blackwater to reach Mill Creek. Continue around Mill Creek to pass Left Decoy, a small expanse of water on your right, to reach a path/track junction near Thistly Hard (grid ref. TL957083). Turn right here and walk inland on what is now a clear track. Continue past Decoy Farm on your right and continue along a lane to pass Bohuns Hall, also on your right. You are now on Church Lane and this is followed into the village centre passing the Parish Church on your right. Turn right along High Street, which soon becomes East Street. Bear half left into Woodrolfe Road and return to the car park which is on your left(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Car park
1 : km 3.13 - alt. km 3.13 - Shinglehead Point
D/A : km 11.33 - alt. km 11.33

Useful Information

The Essex village of Tollesbury has much to offer the visitor with a bustling marina, restored sail lofts and a preserved lightship. The area to the south-east of the village consists of wide expanses of salt marshes with the River Blackwater beyond. There is a small car park (grid ref. TL963106) and public toilets on Woodrolfe Road which leads east from the B1023 and the village centre.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Tue 28 May 2019 14:03:04 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 05/05/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Marshes at their best. Nice walk, although very crowded, may people are walking at these marshes. (i.e. don't drink too much before you start... )

Last, don't mis the church at Tollesbury which is interesting and beautiful.

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