7 February 2013
Before you arrive
- Open between 6 am and 7 pm (or dusk if earlier)
- Free, but donations via cairn gratefully received
- No toilets, shop or catering on site. Usually unstaffed
- Three large print information boards, including one in car park
- Nearest railway station Wrabness, 1 mile (1.5 km) away. No taxi rank
- Buses (Harwich to Colchester via Manningtree, hourly service Mon-Sat) stop at entrance on request
- Registered assistance dogs welcome on leads. Other dogs in Stour Wood and public rights of way only.
- Signposted off the B1352 Manningtree to Harwich Road
- Hard-surfaced car park for up to 30 cars
- Height restrictions of 2 m. Alternative parking by roadside
- May reach capacity during Easter and autumn holidays.
- Mixture of flat and undulating paths of up to 5 miles (7 km) length
- All trails clearly signposted with white arrows and/or wooden signs
- Stour Wood circular route, 0.5 mile (1 km): wide and flat, and without kissing gates. Natural clay surface which can become muddy
- Most paths on upward or downward slopes surfaced to improve grip
- Circuit from Stour Wood to Stour Estuary and back, 2.5 miles (3.5 km) long has some difficult terrain and four solid kissing gates to prevent bicycle and motorcycle access.
- Two bird hides. A viewing screen with viewing slots at different heights
- Deep Fleet hide has near-level entry. Five or more steps leading to both Copperas Bay viewing screen and Bramble Creek hide
- The route to both hides is around two hours, with many steps, small bridges and moderately steep slopes across a range of path surfaces
- The estuary is also viewable from public footpaths and from a vehicle from a number of lay-bys.
- Nearest public toilets, including accessible facilities and baby changing, in Manningtree or Harwich, 4 miles (6 km) in either direction.
- Two picnic tables, with some space between benches.
- Small shop in Wrabness, near railway station
- Larger choice in Manningtree or Harwich.
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