Checking the tide times before visiting Mersea Island is very important as at high tide the causeway onto the island, The Strood, becomes covered in sea water and impassable for a period of time.
You can check the tide times online by clicking here for the next week ahead or you can order a tide table to keep in your car from this website also.
We recommend allowing up to an hour and a half either side of the tide to ensure you can cross The Strood safely. The tide usually only covers The Strood at a level of 5.00 meters or above, but this can change depending on the weather.
We frequently get lots of questions about the tide from visitors to Mersea Island. In reality the tide only covers the Strood, which is the only road onto the island, usually twice a day for only one week during the month. Once the tide covers the Strood, the island really does once again become an ...leave your comment
It's amazing how often the topic of the high tide at the Strood comes up in conversation on Mersea. Locals want to keep the Strood as it is, others want to see it raised and many holiday makers worry they will be stranded on or off the island for days on end!! Either way, the flooding of the s...leave your comment