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Walking and Cycling

Colne River Pedestrian Cycle Bridge

As part of the Weston Homes QV Ventulus development a new pedestrian / cycle bridge has been constructed across to Hythe Quay.  As well as providing an easier crossing for pedestrians and cyclists, the bridge will also improve access for people to the Wivenhoe Trail, an attractive walking and cycling route alongside the River Colne through to Wivenhoe.

Footpaths and cycleways

There are already a series of footpaths and cycleways which cross the Hythe area. It has been a long-running project to improve this network of routes to encourage more people to use them as a way of travelling round the area and linking to the town centre as well as for leisure.

East Colchester Green Links 1 East Colchester Green Links 2 East Colchester Green Links 3 East Colchester Green Links 4

What work has been done?

One short section of the route from Port Lane has already been improved. The work carried out through a partnership between Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council and with input from the local community helped to widen, surface and illuminate the path with funding for the project coming from Section 106 contributions as part of planning applications in the area.

Following the securing of additional funds through the EU Transcoast Project and input from the local community the most strategic and widely used paths have received surface improvements, some solar lighting, signage and seating to improve their accessibility and increase their use.

Section of cycle path 1 Section of cycle path 2

Town to Port Trail

Since Roman times the River Colne was a prime waterway and led to the development of a thriving industrial port in The Hythe. Part of the old port has recently been redeveloped along with the creation of improvements to access and public realm improvements .

There is improved access to the Hythe, interpretation of the history and heritage of the area including the river. Part of this has been the provision of wayfinding and interpretation installations to highlight the history and importance of the Hythe to Colchester. In addition the old Hythe bridge has being rejuvenated and work has been carried out to improve access to and use of paths in the Hythe and along the river bank to Rowhedge.

Pontoons have also been installed on the river that provide public access for activities on the river and enable smaller craft to visit the town for short stays including the pedestrian foot ferry from Brightlingsea that connects the riverside communities of Wivenhoe, Rowhedge and then the Hythe.

pdf icon Town to Port Leaflet [1Mb]

Town to Sea trail

The Trail starts in Colchester Town Centre near Firstsite and meanders through residential and employment areas, the Moors, an important site for nature conservation and wildlife and along the river. The Trail ends on the new quayside complete with modern University accommodation and a large student population, an indication of changes to come.

The trail is marked by 15 contemporary artworks.

The structure of each artwork or trail marker is the same and refers to boats and boat building, both important aspects of life on the River Colne through the centuries. Like a listing mast coming up from the ground 'imagery' specific to each location is hauled up and held aloft of horizontal sections suggesting boat panels and waves.

Many of the artworks depict scenes that are directly linked with the river, such as cargoes, and boat building; others are a response to specific locations, such as the Moors and its wildlife, whilst some explore little known historic facts and traditions.

Town to Sea Trail 1 East Colchester Green Links 2 Town to Sea Trail 3 Town to Sea Trail marker at Moors East Colchester


Colchester town Sea Trail event The Town to Sea Trail was developed through a number of workshops and consultation meetings held with a broad range of local people between February and April 2007.

Residents and University students keen to get involved attended evening sessions at the Hythe Community Centre, developing ideas and identifying themes.

Local youth and school children expanded ideas through drawing and bookmaking, and then explored ways of translating themes into sculptural forms, making models in metal and card.

Some contributors walked the route, volunteering information based on their special interests and knowledge such as cycling and wildlife. Others had expertise to impart about the area's past and the developments afoot. The information gathered through these workshops contributed directly to the locations and themes selected, forming the basis of the scheme outlined in this document.

A highly successful Town to Sea Trail event was held in April 2008 to test the route with the wider public.

Imagery based on the themes was presented on banners and held at the fifteen locations on the route.

The event gave people the opportunity to comment on the proposed themes and their positioning, and to test out the route as a navigable journey.~

A new project is underway, funded by the EU, which seeks to extend the town to sea trail to Hythe Quay which will include additional artwork and interpretation boards.  This will be completed by June 2013.