After paying £2.50 for a days parking we set off down the road towards the beach.
The story behind how these steps got their name is unclear, some say there used to be a lookout at the end of the brick wall that was used by the coastguards and that people thought they looked liked monkeys in a cage. Another version is that was actually a cage with real monkeys in it!
is an island in Essex, England, in the Blackwater and Colne estuaries to the south-east of Colchester. Its name comes from the Old English word meresig, meaning "island of the pool". The island is split into two main areas, West Mersea and East Mersea, and connected to the mainland by the Strood, a causeway that floods at high tide.
The island has been inhabited since pre-Roman times. It was used as a holiday destination in Roman Britain for occupants of Camulodunum (Colchester). Fishing has been a key industry on the island since then, particularly oysters, and along with tourism makes up a significant part of the island's economy.
|View across the Blackwater to Bradwell Nuclear power Station.|
|Bradwell Nuclear Power Station|
A little further up was a cafe where we stopped for an ice cream, after waiting for a bit we walked away with the ice-cream and a short break before continuing on.
Seaview caravan park and its many brightly coloured beach huts and each had an individual stain glassed window.
Waldegraves Caravan Site and its fishing lakes. Stayed here once before but that was many years ago now.
|A Thames Barge|
Cosways caravan park and follow on along the coast.
|Wasn't sure that snakes could read!|
Cudmore Grove Country Park and we stay up on the fossil rich cliffs and go through some woodland.
|Remains of more Pillboxes and fort.|
Mersea Stone where in Summer months a foot ferry runs to St Oysth or Brighlingsea.
Phone Harbour Office 01206 302200 or Route One mobile 07981 450169
Depart from Brightlingsea on the hour between 10.00 and 16.00 (last crossing) calling at Point Clear.
Depart from East Mersea at 15 mins past the hour between 10.15 and 16.15 (last crossing) calling at Point Clear.
|Brightlingsea – Point Clear||Brightlingsea
or Point Clear –
|Senior Citizens||£1.00||Senior Citizens||£2.00|
|Bicycles & Dogs||£0.50||Bicycles & Dogs||£1.00|
|View across to Point Clear|
|View across the Brightlingsea|
|View across to Brightlingsea and Batemans Tower Folly.|
|View to Brightlingsea|
The Colchester Oyster Fishery. It is clear how popular oysters are to this island as the beaches are littered with their shells.
More recently still Colchester Oyster Fishery took over the lease in 1964 and have expanded to be a supplier of not only the finest oysters but also a wide range of other shellfish and wet fish.
Part of what makes their oysters, both native and rock oysters, so tasty is that they roam freely on the muddy sea bed down the Pyefleet and the River Colne.
This has resulted in their customer base including many of the finest London restaurants and hotels such as Le Gavroche, The Ritz, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, Nobu amongst many more.
|Never mind the Bullocks............|
Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK and is located off the coast to the southeast of Colchester. The current crossing, or causeway, was first constructed in Roman times.
Fen Farm Caravan Park. There are 90 fully serviced static owner occupied caravans on the park, as well as plenty of room for tourers, tents or motorhomes of any size.
|Passing Dabchicks sailing club|
"Company Shed" They are a family run seafood restaurant located in West Mersea, Colchester, and they have gained a reputation among locals and tourists alike as being the best restaurant to visit for dishes such as crab, lobster, fish, mussels, tiger prawns and more. Their extensive eat-in or take-away seafood menu, combined with their fantastic friendly service, will ensure that you come back time and time again. All seafood and alcohol at The Company Shed is sourced locally, whenever possible.
West Mersea Oyster Bar, I was tempted to buy something. But Dan isn't keen on shellfish so we gave it a miss.
West Mersea Oyster Bar first opened its doors in 2006 with Michael Dawson as an expansion to his oyster business. It soon became huge success.
On April 1st 2010, Chris Avila (Head Chef) & Sel Yuzen (Manager) took over the ownership of the Oyster Bar with an improved menu & modernised interior.
The West Mersea Oyster Bar is all about offering quality fresh fish & seafood dishes & of course some of the best oysters that can be found in the world. The Colchester Rock Oysters & the Mersea Native Oysters are bred right here in the creeks of West Mersea & then processed in the shed that is on the side of the restaurant.
Unique Fish Bar. I would only give this a 4 out of 10.Chips were tasteless and fish was very greasy.