I’ve already introduced you to Stella, well like all dogs, she needs her walks at least twice a day.. Well of course I like to vary it for me as much as her, so I’ll list some of the most popular that I either use or am aware of;
- Fridaywoods. An array of walks through some of the most ancient woodland in the uk.
- Middlewick ranges. Www.savemiddlewick.org.uk which are threatened by capitalism and the influx of immigrants.
- Cudmore grove, mersea. Never been but I’m told it’s beautiful.
- Mersea island. The more touristy section of the island, but has recently had problems with broken glass.
- The garrison. A tarmac walk that in my case goes around the mibkwick est and back down the side of the working garrison. With 2 or 3 mile variants available.
- The Roman burial grounds, which was a major archaeological site of the last 15 years now a popular dog walking site.
Drawbacks of the Colchester walks
All these sites have their threats though,
The presence of adders is known In fridaywoods, cudmore and middlewick however I never saw a live one thru the entire summer.
Then there is Dedham vale 6 miles outside Colchester. The venue of the “Haywain” perhaps John Constable’ s most well known work.
Abberton reservoir is another walk I have yet to check out however also home, apparently, to our friend the adder. I may be wrong but Abberton is an Essex wildlife trust venue and I believe all dogs must be kept on the lead.
Highwoods on the northern edge of Colchester is also a lovely walk however you do have to pay for parking. The paths around these woods are a series of loops so it’s not so easy to get lost but if you do it will not be long before you come upin.a wander or another walker.