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Essex Walk
Tollesbury Wick Marshes from Tollesbury

County/Area - Essex

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 7.2 miles / 11.7 km    Ascent - 100 feet / 30 metres

Time - 3 hours 40 minutes    Grade - easy

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Photo from the walk - Tollesbury Wick Marshes from Tollesbury
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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.

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.

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.

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