Residents will love the views overlooking the inspiring green spaces of Abbey Park and will find themselves located within a network of convenient roads, cycle paths and walking routes. You’ll discover connections to every part of this fascinating historic town and beyond, from invigorating parkland and playing fields to beautiful riverside trails, enchanting woodland, inspiring coastal views and vibrant town-centre streets filled with shops, bars, restaurants, market stalls, boutiques, galleries and ancient Roman remains.
The Edge at Abbey Park sits on the threshold between Colchester’s two defining aspects. On one side, the green fields, woodland, tranquil lanes and stunning coastline of this part of north-east Essex, and on the other, the highways, parks and vibrant streets of a thriving town. Residents can enjoy all the contemporary comforts of a sophisticated modern apartment in a peaceful setting, whilst all the attractions within Colchester’s historic town centre are just a brief journey away. In minutes, you can be strolling through a beguiling mix of ancient alleyways, upmarket department stores, bustling high streets, modern arcades and charming squares – sampling everything from designer clothes and household brands to artisan breads, locally-brewed beers and tasty street food. An energetic, ambitious town, popular with people of all ages, Colchester is fast becoming a much-loved destination for all kinds of activity.
Whether you’re a keen jogger, runner, cyclist or walker – or simply enjoy taking a stroll amongst nature – The Edge at Abbey Park puts you within touching distance of perfect places to enjoy fresh air and exercise – either solo or with friends. The playing fields and open grassland adjoining the modern Corporal Budd gym complex are ideal for games, runs or dog walking, and you’ll often see organised fitness groups meeting outside for regular sessions. Close to the town centre just a mile north, Abbey Field is also a hugely popular public amenity space that is synonymous with sports and health activities – from regular running groups and organised bootcamps through to football, family fun and relaxing walks. Escaping the pressures of modern life will be easy with this quantity of open grassland, dedicated bridleways and beautiful woodland on your doorstep.
The Edge at Abbey Park may be a quiet retreat to start and end your day, but the road outside is a direct route straight into the heart of Colchester, making extensive shopping trips or visits to town centre leisure facilities all the easier. On the north side of Colchester, the A12 offers fast, direct access to the city of Chelmsford, the M25 or central London, and connects with the A120 to provide the fastest route to Stansted Airport for convenient air travel to the continent and beyond. Alternatively, the A12 northbound quickly crosses the River Stour into Suffolk, with its countryside views and sensational coastline. Leaving the car at home, trains run frequently from Colchester mainline station into London Liverpool Street with typical intercity journey times of around 50 minutes – and with Crossrail soon to be completed at Shenfield, trips to central and west London will soon become even more convenient.
Colchester’s historic streets, characterful lanes and modern squares are home to a huge variety of outlets, from independently-run boutiques and chic vintage shops to familiar names in high street fashion and well-known department store chains. The shops in and around Culver Square and Lion Walk hold everything from mainstream styles and sportswear specialists to more exclusive stores stocking designer shoes, jewellery and clothing. Pride of place on the High Street belongs to the sensational modern frontage of Colchester’s highly-regarded Fenwick department store. A haven for classy cosmopolitan brands, high-quality accessories and superior household goods – you could easily spend a day roaming its many floors and split-level displays before relaxing with a latte or more in the in-house coffee shop.
Whatever your tastes, the dynamic range of gastro-pubs, bars and exceptional restaurants contained within Colchester’s historic streets will provide you with an evening out to remember. A night out in Colchester can mean many things, from fine dining at Greyfriars Hotel or the Green Room on North Hill, to a taste sensation in one of the many familiar eatery franchises, followed by drinks in any of the town’s fantastic bars. A stroll around Head Street, High Street and Queen Street will reveal the wide choice on offer, with cuisine to suit all palates and budgets – from Asian to Turkish, Mexican, Italian, Greek, Indian dishes, and more – served in trendy artisan restaurants and friendly family bistros.