Bourne Valley Audio Trail

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45 mins

1.2 km

By Richard Bentley

Meet characters from history while you meander along the boardwalk, through the woods and past the ponds. You'll be greeted by Emma Legerton, the miller's daughter, you'll meet John Gerard the famous medieval botanist and Brother Jerome from St. John's Abbey. This urban oasis in the heart of Colchester is full of surprises!

11 stops

45 mins

1.2 km

Bourne Mill

Bourne Valley

  • 1
    Stop 1
    Emma, the miller’s daughter, introduces you to Bourne Mill and the Bourne Valley tour.
  • 2
    Stop 2
    Emma comes across John Gerard, a famous botanist who wrote about the plants in Bourne Valley.
  • 3
    Stop 3
    John Gerard finds toads by the ponds.
  • 4
    Stop 4
    Brother Jerome works in the abbey infirmary and visits Bourne Valley to collect herbs and relax.
  • 5
    Stop 5
    The oak tree is sacred and revered. It supports all sorts of wildlife in the valley.
  • 6
    Stop 6
    Take a seat and let Jerome tell you more about the history of Bourne Ponds.
  • 7
    Stop 7
    One of Jerome’s favourite spots, looking out over Blythe Pond.
  • 8
    Stop 8
    Emma tells us more about the gin distillery and laundry here in Bourne Valley.
  • 9
    Stop 9
    Pignuts, soldier beetles, hover flies, hedgehogs - they’re all here in the valley
  • 10
    Stop 10
    For women convicted of witchcraft, ducking stools were used to tell whether they were guilty or not.
  • 11
    Stop 11
    Back at the mill, Emma explains something of its history.

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