Discover the Bourne Valley audio trail

Take a walk on the wild side and travel through time. The Bourne Valley audio trail brings to life three characters from history. Starting just outside the gate to Bourne Mill, you’ll be greeted by Emma Legerton, the Miller’s daughter. Then you’ll discover wildlife with medieval botanist John Gerrard. And finally, you’ll hear from Brother Jerome from St John’s Abbey.

  • This urban oasis in the heart of Colchester is full of surprises!
  • Best experienced with headphones.
  • Start point: Near to gate beside Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, CO2 8RT Click for Map
  • You can access the tour via your mobile phone, search for: ‘Bourne Valley Audio Tour’

Developed by Intelligent Health, the team behind Beat the Street, the audio trail is a free app designed to encourage people to reap the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in their local green spaces. To access the tour simply download the Bourne Valley Audio Trail app from the App Store (iOS phones) or Google Play (Android phones).

After the tour you can choose to ‘tip’. 35% of this will go to The Conservation Volunteers Essex, who help look after the site.

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Did you know? You’re never far away from a park, woodland or waterway and in Essex we’re spoilt for choice. Exercise in the natural environment is even better for you than the equivalent exercise indoors. If you like walking and you are interested in joining a group, take a look at our Walking in Essex page.

Owned by Colchester Borough Council, Bourne Valley is a site of nature conservation importance. It is a woodland and wetland site covering 15 acres between the residential areas of Mersea Road and Old Heath Road. Dating back for more than 1,000 years it was originally the site of a fishing pond and has been home to an Elizabethan banqueting house, a corn mill and private stately home.

Bourne Valley is part of the Colchester Orbital

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