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. 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 🙂

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.


Bus services
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


The closest train stations are Colchester Town and 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

  • From London – 1 hour
  • From Chelmsford – 30 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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