Colne Valley Path | Day 3  
Date: 14th February 2019 Distance: 16km (9.94 Miles) Parking: Car Park at Wakes Colne
Start Location: Chappel Ascent (m/ft): 143m (469ft) Weather:

Sunny

Time Started: 11:20 Highest Point: N/A Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 4 Hours 11 Minutes        
Route: Colne Valley Path - Part 3
Chappel - Essex Way - Ford Street - River Colne - West Bergholt - Lexden Dyke - Colchester - Colchester Castle

The final leg of the Colne Valley Path which is again made easy thanks to excellent bus services along the route. Starting at Chappel, I'm heading for the ancient Roman Capital of Colchester to explore its rich history.


Approaching Chappel Viadiuct.


Chappel Viaduct is one of the largest Brick structures in the country at a length of 323m.


The River Colne.

Parts of this section follow the Essex Way - another long distance trail.

A WW2 Pillbox along the riverbank.

Another beautiful day for a walk!

Old houses at Ford Street.

Its just after Ford Street the path gains a little elevation for some lovely views over the Colne Valley.


Back down at the valley floor - this section is littered with Pillboxes.


The grassy path crosses grazing marsh.

Stunning ancient Timber Framed house near West Bergholt - Probably 15th or 16th Century.

Lovely views back from where I have come from.

Crossing the railway into Colchester.

The town ahead.

The Balkerne Gate - the official end to the route. The gate is the largest remaining Roman gatehouse in the country. From here I decided to continue to see the other historical treats of Colchester before getting the Bus back.

Jumbo Water Tower at 130ft tall.


Colchester Castle Norman Keep - made from reused Roman Materials.


St Botolphs Priory.

A beautiful ruin to visit - again made from lots of reused roman materials.