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Colne Valley Path (Essex)


37 km / 23 miles
The Colne Valley Path will link Great Yeldham to Colchester. The route allows walkers to enjoy the delights of the Colne Valley from the rivers edge to high on the valley side that opens up long views of this wonderful valley.

The Colne Valley is rich in history and wildlife and walkers will be able to enjoy many of the delights along the way. Starting at the Great Oak in Yeldham the path takes in the historic villages of Castle Hedingham, the great viaduct at Chappel and Lexden Dyke near Colchester before finishing at Balkerne Gate in Colchester.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Easy
Start: TL760383 - Great Yeldham, Essex View on StreetMap
Finish: TL992252 - Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2006
Web Sites: Colne Valley Path (Essex) (WalkingInTheWild) website BBC Essex : Colne Valley trail Colne Valley Path [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Colne Valley Path  (Joe Jackson  - 2020 )


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Route Profile:

36.5 km (22.7 miles)
309 m (1,014 ft) ascent
74 m (243 ft)  maximum height

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