Mersea Island Circular
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Join OutdoorLads for a day out walking around the Mersea Island Loop - mainly flat but approximately 12 miles (19.3km).
Mersea Island is an island in Essex, England, in the Blackwater and Colne estuaries to the south-east of Colchester. Its name comes from the Old English word meresig, meaning "island of the pool" The island is split into two main areas, West Mersea and East Mersea, and connected to the mainland by the Strood, a causeway that can flood at high tide.
The island has been inhabited since pre-Roman times. It was used as a holiday destination in Roman Britain for occupants of Camulodunum (Colchester). Fishing has been a key industry on the island since then, particularly oysters, and along with tourism makes up a significant part of the island's economy. The Church of St Peter & St Paul in West Mersea is thought to have existed since the 7th century, while the Church of St Edmund in East Mersea dates from around the 12th or 13th centuries. The island became popular with smugglers from the 16th to the 19th century. It became a focal point for troops in both world wars, and a number of observation posts can still be found on the island. Tourism remains popular, and there are a number of beach huts and holiday parks on the island as well as the opportunity to stop for oysters.
Due to the restrictions for Dogs on UK beaches at this time of year I would suggest you don't bring them on this event. As a dog owner myself I'm always happy to see them on my day walks, but I think you'd find it restrictive on the day.
What to bring
Dress for the weather on the day, but as a bare minimum please have suitable footwear for road and beach walking, such as walking shoes or boots, or running/trail trainers. It may be summer but no flip flops or crocs please!
Please ensure you have vital things such as sun cream, a hat and sunglasses, any insect repellents or hay fever treatments.
Food & drink
Please pack plenty of snacks, water for hydration and bring a packed lunch