Historic Colchester Guided Tour + optional 5 mile river walk
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Explore the historic City of Colchester (Britain's oldest recorded town*) on a tour led by a top rated local expert, who promises to provide a fun and informative 1.5 hour guided tour (£11.55 inc booking fee per person - how to book below). Then, if you feel like some more exercise and a longer day out, join me after lunch for an ODL led 5 mile riverside walk to the pretty estuary village of Wivenhoe. 20 minute bus ride back to Colchester.
Having convened at the meeting point, we'll take the easy 1 mile walk into the City Centre. This event will then be in 2 parts as follows:
Part 1 of the day:
An interesting and fun guided tour, wandering round the city, learning about its rich historic past from the Roman Era through to current day. The tour will take in several of the historic landmarks including seeing the outer rim of Colchester Castle, the remains of the Norman-built St Botolph's Priory, parts of the original roman city together with Jumbo - Britain's oldest giant water tower. We'll also find out a couple of gems about the history of hauntings and witchcraft trials in the city!
The tour is approx 1.5 miles and takes around 1.5 hours. The cost is £11.55 per head including booking fee and your place can be booked beforehand via this link:
Historic Tour complete, we will then take a short walk over to the thoroughly modern Colchester First Site arts and culture centre for coffee/cake or lunch if you wish. There will be outside space for anyone bringing a packed lunch or you can use the café in the centre.
After this, you can chose to go home, or see more of the city under your own steam. Colchester Castle is worth a trip inside (fee payable of £12.50) or simply do a spot of shopping or visit one/some of the many pubs in town. You will need to make your own way back to Colchester North Station for trains home or back to your car.
Alternatively, you can join me on the optional 5 mile walk to Wivenhoe as follows:
Part 2 :
We'll leave Colchester via the Castle Park Gardens, following the River Stour towards the small industrial area of The Hythe. From here we'll leave the built-up area and escape into the countryside along the path that follows the River Stour on its journey to Wivenhoe. We'll end up in the lower part of this small town which has a quaint historic riverside feel with a couple of narrow streets and some pretty architecture
Once there we will head towards the charming quayside pub on the river for a customary ODL beverage stop. From there we'll head over to Wivenhoe station for the 20 minute bus trip back to Colchester (£4.20 single)
Dogs - On this occasion sadly dogs will not be able to join us as the they are not allowed to enter the main Castle Park area.
New to OutdoorLads - I would like to warmly welcome any newbies looking perhaps to try this as their first Outdoor Lads event. You may find this link useful https://www.outdoorlads.com/my-first-event or if you have If you have any questions then feel free to message me.
IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
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Photo credits and thank you's to:
Andy Gent & Raymond McCarthy of Colchester History Tours
*Britain's oldest town is a much debated claim.
What to bring
This applies mainly if you're joining us for the 5 mile walk in the afternoon.
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Food & drink
You can either bring a packed lunch, or you can make use of the First Site Cafe. Please bring hydration throughout the event, especially if you plan to join us on the 5 mile walk in the afternoon.