Abberton Reservoir

About 9 miles from park

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Church Rd, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU

About Abberton Reservoir

Not far from the Blackwater Estuary and surrounded by beautiful South East scenery, Abberton Reservoir is a 1,200-acre lake close to the Essex coast. Popular for walks and birdwatching, you can get all the information you need from the Abberton Reservoir visitor centre before exploring the nature reserve managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust. Whether you’re observing the local wildlife, testing yourself with a long walk or enjoying a day outdoors with your kids, there’s lots to see and do at one of the largest reservoirs in the UK.

How to get to Abberton Reservoir

Abberton Reservoir is only around five miles south of the centre of Colchester, with a drive of just over 10 minutes from junction 26 of the A12. This main road runs all the way from London to Norwich, while there’s free parking at the visitor centre if you’re arriving by car. Colchester has two train stops, with the main station offering services to London Liverpool Street which take just 45 minutes. It’s a similar journey to Norwich, while you can complete your journey to the reservoir either in a taxi or on the bus. A number of routes head south of Colchester towards Abberton, including the number 67 and 68, while the number 92 stops at Layer Breton Hall not far from the visitor centre.

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