Mersea Youth Camp, Rewsalls Lane, Mersea Island CO5 8SX ,5th May 2018

Mersea Island is in North Essex approximately 9 miles south of Colchester on the East Coast of England. It’s easily accessible and within easy reach of the capital.

If travelling by public transport, get the train to Colchester Town (St Botolph’s). Immediately opposite the station entrance, at the other side of the roundabout, there is a bus stop. You need to get on a 67 (not 67A) which arrives at approx 10 mins to the hour up till 6 pm. After approx 30 mins, you need to get off the bus at the East Mersea end of Chapmans Lane. You are now about a mile and a half from the site … about half an hour. Follow the Puffins! There is one bus a day (the 67E) that leaves Colchester at 4 pm and will get you to just over half a mile from the site (ask for Mersea Outdoors) but, be warned, this is a school run and the bus will be rammed with snotty nosed oiks 🙂  Edit: 2022 … the 67E does not appear to still be in service 🙁 .

If driving, take the B1025 south out of Colchester towards Mersea. Mersea is sign posted from junction 26 of the A12. Immediately after crossing The Strood, the causeway that connects the island to the mainland, take the left fork towards East Mersea. After about a mile and a half turn right at the Mersea Outdoors and brown tourist Mersea Vineyard sign and follow the lane right to the end.

Always Check the Tides …

Access to Mersea is made via one road:  a Causeway called The Strood. This spans around half a mile and is covered by the tide a few times a month for around an hour. Remember to check the Tide Tables before you travel.   You can also check out the Strood Cam to see if traffic is moving across.

Don’t try and drive across if there is significant water on the road, despite what other drivers are doing!  Many vehicles get ruined every year doing this.  Your festival tickets will get soggy and all you will achieve in doing is entertaining the locals.


Bus services

Note!  The bus services changed in April 2022 and this info is probably wrong!  Please check back with the Essex Bus services web sites until we revise this bit for next time  !

First Buses operate services 67 and 67A throughout the week, and the 67C/67D service on Sundays and some bank holidays. See the information above about which bus route brings you closest. The buses generally stop at Colchester North Station, Colchester Bus Station and West Mersea High Street.

Travelling Time

    • From Colchester North Station – 1 hour
    • From Colchester Bus Station – 45 mins

Timetable is Here.  Check with First Bus for the latest travel details in case of late changes.


The closest train stations are Colchester Town and (the main station) Colchester North. The First Buses do visit the Colchester North station. In non-peak times, London Liverpool Street is around an hour’s train journey away.

Colchester North Station is on a main line into London Liverpool Street, passing through Witham, Chelmsford and Romford.

Travelling Time to Colchester North

  • From London – 1 hour
  • From Chelmsford – 30 min
  • From Ipswich – 20 min

By Road

Access to Mersea is made via a Causeway called The Strood, this spans around half a mile and is covered by the tide a few times a month for around an hour. Remember to check the Tide Tables before you travel.

The main road from the neighbouring town, Colchester, is the B1025 – which is mostly Mersea Road.

Travelling Time

  • From Colchester – 15 mins drive
  • From London – 1 hour drive
  • From Chelmsford – 40 mins drive
  • From Ipswich – 45 mins drive


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