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There is a wealth of nature reserves open to the public in the Tendring peninsula:

Holland Haven Country Park
Pickers Ditch Meadows
Great Clacton
Wrabness Local Nature Reserve
The Naze
Hamford Water
John Weston Reserve
(Essex Wildlife Trust)
Bobbit's Hole
Pedlars Wood
Great Holland Pits
(Essex Wildlife Trust)
Great Holland
Howlands Marsh
(Essex Wildlife Trust)
St Osyth
Stour Wood, Copperas Bay and Copperas Wood
(RSPB Woodland Trust)
Soken Wood
(Tendring Millennium Wood)
Malting Lane, Kirby Le Soaken
Weeley Hall Wood
(Essex Wildlife Trust)
Springmead Garden
RSPB Stour Estuary

For further information on local nature reserves, parks & gardens etc call:
01255 686680


Why not explore the local area and discover the Sunshine Coast!!

For those wanting to explore the area, travel through the quaint country lanes, taking in breathtaking views and scenic landscapes to admire.


For something a little more adventurous why not join the Tour de Tendring Cycle Ride which takes place annually in May where all the family can join in the fun and familiarise themselves with the local area or hire a bike locally and ride off on your own adventures.


Cycle Tendring leaflets:
Clacton & Great Bentley
Brightlingsea & Manningtree
Harwich & Surrounding Areas
Family Friendly Cycle Ride Leaflet




Alternatively take a stroll through the award-winning Green Flag seafront gardens at Clacton or a walk on the wild side at The Lozenge Nature Area where visitors can stroll around this 2 acre site, picnic or just sit and enjoy nature.  Nearby Springmead garden lies in a sheltered dell with natural springs and many flower borders ranging from a bog garden to dry garden.

For a walk along Walton backwaters, why not follow one of the Walton Trails using the leaflets provided, links below, and enjoy the rich in bird life? There is a set of four trails for all ages and abilities.

National Route 51 is open in Essex between Harwich and Colchester. A traffic free spur of National Route 51 is also open between Jaywick and Frinton-on-Sea through Clacton-on-Sea on the seafront.

Take a walk on the wild side on one of our many invigorating and interesting walks in the local countryside or stroll along the many miles of beaches we have to offer. Or try one of our Guided Walking Tours in Manningtree & Mistley - The Witchfiner Walk and Clacton - The Sunshine Coast Walk. For further information on what our Countryside, Nature Reserves, Park and Gardens have to offer log on to www.tendringdc.gov.uk.

Click the following links for information on health walks in Tendring, general walks in Tendring, Clacton Seafront & Garden walks or the Essex Way or cycle the North Sea Cycle Route. Alternatively search for a route via the Cycle Route Planner.

Mistley’s Trim Trail has won rave reviews with people including it as part of their fitness regimes. The trail on Mistley’s Furze Hill has ten different obstacles for people to try out across the 430m course which include balance beams, parallel bars and leap frog.


The open-air gym, in Parkeston Welfare Park, Garland Road, includes a range of equipment aimed at getting people outdoors and exercising.


Walking Tendring leaflets:
Discover Harwich Walk

Walking Walton Trails Leaflets:
Wildlife Trail
History Trail
World War Two Trail

Little Explorer Trail

Boat Trips

Take a Wildlife boat trip to see the seals, birdlife and view the beautiful Walton backwaters in all its glory.



Why not try Geocaching, a fun outdoor activity and a good way to explore the local area in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS).



Holland Haven Country Park

Holland Haven Country Park is situated on the coast between Clacton-on-Sea and Frinton-on-Sea and is managed to conserve the landscape, coastal grazing marsh and wildlife quality of the area whilst providing for the quiet enjoyment of visitors. In addition to some interesting breeding birds in summer, the Country Park is an important point for Spring and Autumn migrants. The SSSI designation recognises the rare and varied flora.

Further InformationFor more information on Cycling & Walking in Essex log on to www.visitessex.com or for information Public Rights of Way www.essex.gov.uk

Wildlife Boat Trips at Walton-on-the-Naze

Cycle Tendring

Cycle Tendring

Use our handy cycle guides to help
plan your cycle route through Tendring.

Walton Trail Leaflets Walton Wildlife Trail Walton History Trail

Walton Trail Leaflets Walton WWII Trail Walton Little Explorer Trail

Walton Trail Walk Guides are available at the Walton Community Shop High Street, Tourist Information Centres locally or the Naze Tower. Alternatively download from this site.

Bikes at the Naze Walton

Above - The Walton trails at the Naze include Wildlife and WWII History Trails

Cycling at Harwich

Why not get on your bike and explore the Essex Countryside?

• Nature reserves
• Bird sanctuaries
• Fishing
• Equestrian
• Walking / rambling
• Cycling
• County Shows
• Parks & gardens
• Woodland





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Contact Clacton Tourist Information Centre - Tel: 01255 686633 - e-mail: clactontic@tendringdc.gov.uk


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