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Find the best Colchester walks. The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional resource for all walkers, hikers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to leader led walks to any really arduous walks within the Colchester area.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Mountain Warehouse

33 High St, Colchester CO1 1DH, UK – 01206 545323

Very polite and friendly staff. Helped me with my questions regarding rain gear! Great deals in there as well as most outdoors stores are on the pricey-er end but mountain warehouse always has good prices.

If you are an out doors person this shop is for you from tents to clothing for all weathers bikes and even saw a canoe by the time you have walked round you want to kit up and walk everest lol

Millets

17-18 High St, Colchester CO1 1DB, UK – 01206 574615

Long narrow shop with entrances from & rear. Very good range of stock, from clothes & boots to rucksacks, mozzie nets, camping accessories etc. Helpful staff and reasonable prices.

Nice staff, good selection of outdoor stuff from walking boots to waterproof clothing and bags. Price can be expensive, but the stuff lasts longer

Trespass Colchester

3A Sir Isaac's Walk, Colchester CO1 1JJ, UK – 01206 545720

Quality outdoor clothing at reasonable prices. .

Helpful staff

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Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Colchester Holiday Park

Cymbeline Way, Colchester CO3 4AG, UK – 01206 545551

Just got back from a long weekend away at this site. Will definitely be going back very friendly helpful staff. Very tidy and clean and nice size pitches so children had plenty of room to play. Great spot near centre and zoo.

Great site with friendly staff, good clean toilets and excellent, level hard standings. Other campers seemed very friendly too. Quite a bit of noise from the adjacent main road but we soon got used to that. Two mile walk to the castle or a slightly longer one along the river. Good bus service into town too. If you want to visit Colchester, this site is perfect.

Looking for dog friendly cottages around Colchester? The 'Dog Friendly Cottages' website looks like any other self-catering accommodation website but every single one should be dog friendly! This saves worrying and going through all the small print. However you you may need to check with the owner where the dog is expected to sleep and the what size of dog you can have!
Dog People find this is such a great website. If you have dogs who go on holiday with you just enter CO2 9LX and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!
'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around Colchester or Essex just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy

Snake bites

Most snake bites in the UK are not serious. But it's important to get all snake bites checked as soon as possible.

Call 999 or go to A&E immediately if:

  • you think you, or someone else, has been bitten by a snake

Find your nearest A&E

Information:

If you're not in the UK when you are bitten by a snake, contact the emergency medical services in the country you're in.

Get foreign travel advice on GOV.UK

What to do while you're waiting for help

Do

  • stay calm, most snake bites in the UK are not serious and can be treated

  • keep the part of your body that was bitten as still as you can

  • lie in the recovery position if you can

  • take paracetamol for any pain

  • try to remember the colour and pattern of the snake to tell the doctor

  • take off any jewellery and loosen clothes near the bite, in case it swells

Don’t

  • do not go near the snake, or try to catch or kill it

  • do not try to suck or cut the poison (venom) out of the bite

  • do not tie anything tightly round the part of the body where the bite is

  • do not take aspirin or ibuprofen, as they can make bleeding worse

What happens at the hospital

You will usually need to stay in hospital for at least 24 hours if you have been bitten by a snake.

The bite will be cleaned and bandaged. You may be given an injection to help protect you from tetanus.

If you were bitten by a poisonous (venomous) snake you will be treated with a medicine to fight the venom. This is given through a thin tube into a vein, called a drip.

Types of UK snake

Only 3 types of snake are found in the wild in the UK.

The adder is the only venomous snake, but you should get all snake bites checked as soon as possible.

Telling the doctors the colour and pattern of the snake that bit you could help them treat it.

Click to see images of the our three types of snake and what to do if you get bitten

www.nhs.uk/conditions/snake-bites