Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Fingringhoe Wick and
Abberton Reservoir 2019
Saturday COACH trip

Date: Saturday 14 September 2019 at 07:00

Details:

The coach first goes to the Abberton reservoir visitor centre, expecting to arrive around 10:15am. We plan to have a few hours at Abberton. Then we move eight miles to Fingringhoe Wick where we spend the afternoon. High tide is at 1:23pm so we intend to be there around the best time to see waders.

Abberton Reservoir

Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve. A donation of £2 is included in the coach fare. Abberton is one of Europe's top wetland sites. Vast flocks of geese, ducks, swans and waders are often seen here.

reservoir view

There are three hides overlooking the reservoir, and one in the new woodlands.  Around three miles of good paths.

Habitats: Grassland, meadow, ponds, wetland, new woodland, reedbed and the reservoir itself.

Facilities:

  • Gift shop
  • Visitor centre
  • Tearoom with hot and cold drinks, hot and cold food, snacks
  • Toilets
  • Bird hides
  • Bird feeders

Click here for the Abberton reservoir website

Fingringhoe Wick

Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Another donation of £2 is included in the coach fare. Panoramic views over the Colne Estuary. Thousands of waders and wildfowl use the estuary in the winter and as many as 700 avocets have been seen, along with Brent goose, golden plover, grey plover, knot, lapwing, dunlin, peregrine, merlin, hen harrier, shoveler, teal, wigeon and red-breasted merganser.

Since our 2016 visit, a 35 Hectare (88 acre) intertidal zone has been created, including reedbeds, grassland and a small wood. Equipped with new paths, views and hides, the new area is almost as large as the original reserve.

Estuary view

Lake view

Visiting all the hides requires a walk of about two and a half miles. There are many ponds and viewpoints and to visit them all would be over six miles.

Habitats: Grassland, woodland, gorse heathland, reedbeds, ponds, saltmarsh, intertidal zone and the estuary.

Facilities:

  • Gift shop
  • Visitor centre
  • Light refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Viewing tower
  • Nine hides
  • Six viewpoints
  • Bird feeders

Click here for the Fingringhoe Wick website

Click here for the report of our 2016 visit

Coach trip details -

  • Full payment of £25 is required on booking. For those under 16 the full cost is only £15. All money will be refunded if the trip is cancelled.
  • For bookings and any other details, email Helen Pearson , or see Helen at a meeting. Please book at least one week in advance, preferably much earlier.
  • The coach leaves promptly at 7am from the lay-by in front of the entrance to Braywick Park (Braywick Sports Ground), Braywick Road, Maidenhead SL6 1DX. There is a free car park inside the park. Please arrive in good time by 6:50am.
  • Consider bringing a packed lunch and any drinks or snacks that you may require.
  • This coach trip involves a journey time of over two hours each way. During the journey, comfort stops will be made if possible.
  • The coach has room for large items such as telescopes, tripods, hampers and camera bags.