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Mersea island

London, United...
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Mersea island

I read somewhere that it's a good place to go for overnight. We would be going from London in our open top car so any suggestions on whether it's worth going and place to stay etc would be great thanks

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Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Mersea island

I used to go there as a child, 60-odd years ago. It is pleasant enough if you like Thames Estuary mud.

London, United...
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2. Re: Mersea island

Mersey Island is quite an interesting place for a day trip-there are a couple of well known fish/seafood restaurants ( particularly 'The Shed'- never been in there though.....I know people who have and they like it...) Once a year they have a bit of a festival where local youths slide along a greasy pole to try to win a piece of meat- most end up in the estuary. This happens on one of the Bank Holidays,but I can't remember which one-sorry!

There are always boats, wind surfers and other stuff like that to watch. The beach is a bit stony, but OK for digging and is dog paradise.Overnight? Not really, but possible,I suppose.Colchester and Tiptree are nearby.

Loughton, United...
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3. Re: Mersea island

It's Ok. A bit bungaloid. East Mersea much remoter than West (it's West that has the eateries and a few shops). Plenty of maritime activity. If you get a bit fed up, Colchester is a short drive.

Corringham, United...
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4. Re: Mersea island

Mersea island doesn't have Thames Estuary mud,it has River Colne/Blackwater mud.

Better quality!!!

No a lot to do here except a few pubs and restaurants

Edited: 9 years ago
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5. Re: Mersea island

Beware of high and low tide times, there is only one road to access Mersea Island and this gets flooded over with deep salt water, Mersea Island is then cut-off until the tide recedes, normally cars queue and wait patiently either side for the tide to go down, some attempt to drive through get stuck and have to be rescued, the car is wrecked too.


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6. Re: Mersea island

There is a lot to do here!!

Take a walk through Cudmore Grove and take in the sea air and wildlife/birds.

Visit the Oyster bar for the finest oysters around.

Take a boat trip on the Lady Grace from the harbour and you may see seals and other birdlife.

Walk the clean beaches and watch the windsurfers.

Visit the vineyard and get sloshed!

Hire a beach hut for the day and watch the world go by.

The list is endless!

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King's Lynn, United...
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8. Re: Mersea island

It's a well-known sailing centre with a small fishing industry.

Internationally famous Oyster beds.

The Coast Road is an interesting walk.

An outstanding place to eat in East Mersea:-


Not much accommodation available because the majority of overnight visitors usually arrive afloat with their own beds.

The Strood floods only when the lunar monthly tide reaches 5m.

Used to have "useful" cricket teams and good tea when I played there.

The positive contributors above outnumber the odd factually inaccurate posts.

Places to stay?


Edited: 9 years ago
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