With longer, lighter, and dare we say warmer days it’s the perfect conditions for a little local adventure. We define local adventures as anywhere within an hour of where we live. Whilst most of our adventures take place in our hometown, Colchester and the surrounding area, we sometimes head a little further a field to explore somewhere new, yet still local to us. Maybe we should define it more as our local news region!
Tollesbury is on the north east coast of Essex and faces on to the Blackwater Estuary. The beautiful oxidised industrial sea wall is a wonderful juxtaposition in the landscape. It guides you all the way to the estuary nature reserve.
Dose of the Coast
Tollesbury is just 20 minutes from where we live. Whilst it is so close, we often head to Mersea Island for a little dose of the coast. It’s hard to believe that we’d never walked this stretch of land together.
We’re used to pretty flat landscapes in the east. We haven’t got vast valleys and luscious rolling hills in these parts. But there’s something very calming and relaxing about our serene-scapes. We enjoy vast wide skies that go on forever, some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen and endless horizons. It’s very grounding.
Spring was definitely in full bloom. Blossom on the trees and the a buzz of a bee along with warm light winds, and daffodils popping up in the most random of places. With our suitably muddy boots and our lungs full of that seaweed scented salty air we headed back to the town.
As we made our way up a foot path there was the unmistakable bleating of lambs. Whilst we were busy swooning over the new arrivals, the farmer of the land stopped to have a chat with us. He had 11 ewes all together. Most were ready to drop at any minute. One had given birth overnight that he had a close eye on and three that had little lambs jumping around already. There was a small lookout at the end of his field that we’d seen in the distance for the duration of our walk. He told us that it had been built in WW2 and was used just a handful of times.
We walked through the village and headed for The Loft, offering tea by the sea. We sat outside and enjoyed a coffee and people watched before making our way back home.
Andrea & Dan x