Go on an Essex adventure and explore the villages of Colne Valley
Start your journey through the Colne Valley in Chappel at the Chappel Viaduct, where the sheer size of this structure can only be appreciated close up. Spanning 1066ft long with 32 arches, the viaduct is not only a photographer’s dream but the structure has provided a thoroughfare for trains carrying oil and trade goods since 1974.
The Chappel Viaduct is surrounded by the breath taking countryside known as Millennium Green. The space was created to encourage wildlife to come to the area as a safe haven but it is also open to the public to enjoy.
If you are a train enthusiast you won’t be able to move onto our next stop without visiting the East Anglian Rail Museum, with its impressive display of steam trains and travel and trade memorabilia.
Next stop is Eight Ash Green – the smallest of the villages but with so much to offer. The village parish council offers information about the local woodland trust as well as guided walks through the many peaceful heaths and greens that envelope this rural area.
At the third stop find yourself at Mount Bures, another small rural parish built around a mound which can be found at the centre of the village dating back to 1068. The village still has a railway station which can be used for people to hop on and off at the various surrounding villages, but also have you in the town of Colchester in just over an hour.
West Bergholt should be on your list too – home to Hillhouse Woods which puts on a beautiful display of blue bells in the spring. Perfect for an afternoon stroll or picnic on your town hopping tour. You should also make some time for a spot of shopping while visiting. The village offers a selection of boutique and high street stores, tearooms and public houses and even a cake shop, perfect for buying treats for the journey home.