A hidden gem I have fallen in love with.
It is great being in nature alone from other human beings. Despite living in Colchester for years I have only recently discovered a hidden gem of a place called Cymbeline Meadows, purchased, created and maintained by the Colchester Borough Council since 1988. Most people miss this place, but this is great for me, as I can wander around in nature, thinking and creating without being disturbed by lots of human beings.
What a great place: with a pleasant river running through it; fields of happy cows; well maintained paths, with numerous picnic tables and seats; a wood planted in 1992 that transports you away via magical tunnels of verdant green with carpets of green lush grass. Even the rabbits love this place on a hot day, splayed out on their fronts enjoying the sun.
Cymbeline Meadows is a place of history. Crop markings and a small Roman fort indicates a major archaeological mystery awaits discovery beneath the ground. The limited archaeological investigation indicates a strong bronze age presence. Interestingly there is hardly any bronze age finds on the Colchester side of the Colne River but in Cymbeline Meadows onwards it is everywhere.
Part of the vast Iron Age defensive network of Colchester runs through Cymbeline Meadows towards the mysterious Iron Age hillfort and wood of Pitchbury. The Pitchbury wood is another gem, a privately owned wood with its hidden springs and a theatre-like circle of oak trees an ancient druid would probably die for. I have a dream of buying Pitchbury. For a farm and the placing of dozens of beehives Cymbeline Meadows and Pitchbury would be a dream.