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ESSEX

 

The View Finder Trail18 miles, circular

This cycle ride starts fromBritain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester. From here the route heads eastfollowing the River Colne towards Wivenhoe, before taking in elements of the town’s varied landscape.Colchesteris a place with an important past, a vibrant cultural present and an exciting future and you candiscover the town and its gentle landscape for yourself on this 171/2 mile/28km cycle route. The trail is the initiative of artist Michael Goodey, who was inspired by early 20th century landscape painter Lucien Pissarro’s painting of a view across Hilly Fields, which is now in the care of Colchester Museums. A further inspiration wasColchester’s distinctive skyline featuring the Victorian tower of the Town Hall and the Jumbo water tower. This cycle route weaves history and contemporary culture together through the eyes of the artist. At ten locations, Michael has placed a sign depicting the view. Initially giving the appearance of a typical road sign, they are in fact meticulously handmade paintings. The trail is in effect, an artwork in itself, which encourages people to discover new viewpoints. Download

 

The Witchfinder’s Way26 miles, circular

This cycle ride starts from the town ofHarwich, famous for its seafaring history and heritage. From here the route heads through rolling countryside and picturesque villages, to thelittle port of Mistley, haunt of Matthew Hopkins - ‘The Witchfinder General’. From 1645-1646, he was employed to hunt out the area’s witches. The route returns to Harwich via the River Stour with its views and riverside hamlets. Along this route you can see Robert Adam’s 18th C. towers, discover the bird life in a riverside coppiced wood and stroll atop the historic Ha’penny Pier. Download

Two Rivers’ Way12 or 26 miles, circular

This cycle ride starts from one ofEngland’s leading yachting centres, Burnham-on-Crouch. From here the route heads north to explore theDengiePeninsula, situated between the Rivers Blackwater and Crouch. Here, under a backcloth of sky, saltmarsh and water, are weather-boarded villages and tiny sailing hamlets. Much of the countryside was reclaimedby man from the sea and today is internationally renowned for its wildlife. Along this route you can take a ride on a real steam train, visit the Saxonchurch ofSt. Peter’s and try the local oysters at Burnham. Download

Flint and Forge14 or 30 miles, circular

This cycle ride starts from the historicvillage ofStanstedMountfitchet. From here the route heads west, into anattractive landscape of low hills, rich farmland, woods andriver valleys - set on the borders of Hertfordshire andEssex. Explore leafy lanes, leading to picturesque villagesof plaster, timber, flint and thatch, such as Manuden,Braughing and Much Hadham - the former country seatof the Bishops of London. Look out for the ancient art ofpargetting (raised decorative plasterwork). Along thisroute you can travel back in time to a reconstructed motteand bailey castle, discover a working blacksmith’s forgeand visit the former home of sculptor Henry Moore. Download

 

 

Medieval Markets, Mazes and Morris Dancing Download

 

 

Picture-perfect Villages54 miles, circular  Download

Five Essex Routes

Route 1:Medieval markets, mazes and Morris dancing34 miles, circular  Download

Route 2:Designer shopping and country living54 miles, circular  Download

Route 3:Picture-perfect villages54 miles, circular  Download

Route 4:Cultural sites and Constable country47 miles, circular  Download

Route 5:Chelmsfordtreats and riverside Retreats57 miles, circular Download

Waltham Abbey to Tottenham 7 miles, linear

Wildlife and London's industrial history. Further information

Cycling Around Maldon

Route 1:Far and Wide14 miles, circular

Quiet country lanes visiting Beeleigh, Woodham Walter, new Hall Vineyard and Purleigh village. Download 

 

 

 

 

Route 2:The Two Rivers Way28 miles, circular

Burnham-on-Crouch to the towns and villages of the Dengie Hundred including the marshes and higher areas lying between the Blackwater and Crouch estuaries.  Download

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route 3:The Byrhtnoth Tour22 miles, circular

To the south of Maldon visiting the north shore of the River Crouch, a smugglers haunt, the site of the Battle of Maldon and a 14thcentury church in a wood.  Download

Route 4:The Blackwater Ride34 miles, circular

Journey to two villages on the north shore of the Blackwater estuary and then inland to join the River Blackwater as it meanders through the Essex countryside. Download

More Essex Rides

 

Witham and Maldon Cycle Routes5 to 36 miles, circular  Download

Harwich, Manningtree and Dedham Cycle Routes5 to 29 miles, circular  Download

Stapleford Tawney Cycle Route7 miles, circular  Download 

Colchester Circular Cycle Route4 miles  Download

Chipping Ongar and Ingatestone cycle routes5 to 29 miles, circular  Download

Chelmsfordand the Rodings cycle route12 to 48 miles miles, circular Download

Pleshey Cycle Route9 miles, circular Download

Clavering Cycle Route13 miles, circular  Clavering, the murder capital of Victorian England  Download

DedhamVale andStourValleyCycleRoute25 to 69 miles, circular

The Painters’ Trail is a 69-mile long cycling route through the picturesque and historic Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This itinerary contains details of three shorter one day cycle rides based on the Painter’s Trail route. Download

TendringPeninsulaRides

Harwich and Mistley23 miles

Harwich and Wix16 miles

Harwich and Great Bromley23 miles

Lawford and Great Bromley15 miles, circular

Lawford and Little Bromley8 miles, circular

Around Harwich6 miles

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WATERSIDE CYCLING

Chelmer & Blackwater Navigationlinear, 14 miles

 Essex Waterways

FAMILY CYCLING

Country Parks

Explore local country park by bike with the whole family, finding rolling hills, coastal cycle routes, historical parklands and wooded wonderlands.

The mapsbelow highlight the cycle routes for each country park.

Belhus Woods Country Park

Cudmore Grove Country Park

Hadleigh Country Park

Great Notley Country Park and the Filtch Way

Marsh Farm Country Park

Thorndon Country Park

Weald Country Park

LeeValley - Short Cycle Rides for Families

Otter Discovery Trail2 miles, circular

Valley Views8 miles, circular

Waders and Waterfowl2 miles, circular

Lakes of the River Lee8 miles, circular

Farm and Wetland Trail3 miles, circular

Urban Oasis4 miles, circular

Walk on the Wild Side2 miles, circular

Gunpowder Woodland Trail2 miles, circular

Art on the Marshes2 miles, circular

Marshes and Meadows5 miles, circular

Rockets ro Woodland3 miles, circular

Walthamstow Wonder2 miles, circular

Lee Valley Cycle Rides