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Hilly Fields


Grid ref: TL 984 253 (click for o/s map)

Updated 25/08/2014

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This public open space shares the ridge on which the town of Colchester developed, overlooking the flood plain of the River Colne. Since farming stopped about 40 years ago most of it has turned into grassland partially invaded by scrub and trees, but the eastern section has sandy soils and patches of heathland have developed.

It is part of the Sheepen site that was an industrial and commercial area of Colchester in Iron Age and Roman times: most of it is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

At the foot of the slope against Cymbeline Way is a marsh fed by springs. Ponds that had silted up over the years have now been restored. Noctule and pipistrelle bats feed over the ponds: visit late on a warm evening to see them.

Buntings Meadow to the west is managed particularly for butterflies and has a butterfly trail


Accessed via Sussex Road, that runs north off Lexden Road (A1124). Please park with consideration for residents.

Frequent bus services from Colchester Town Centre to Lexden and Stanway run along Lexden Road.

Accessible at all times.

Most paths are unsuitable for wheelchairs because of the steep terrain.

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