GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Flitch Way

15 miles (24 km)

The Flitch Way is a cycle and walking route running along a decomissioned railway line through Essex. Starting in Bishop's Stortford, the path takes you through Hatfield Forest and the town of Great Dunmow to Braintree.
Highlights include the Victorian railway stations dotted along the path, deer in Hatfield Forest Country Park and views of the River Chelmer near Great Dunmow.

Flitch Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Flitch Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


On the route you can stop off for refreshments at the Booking Hall Cafe at Rayne Station. The cafe also houses a free museum with information and old photos about the history of the railway. You can find the station at Station House Road,Rayne with a postcode of CM77 6RX for your sat navs.
In Great Dunmow there's The Angel and Harp. They have a nice interior with with oak beams and red brick fireplace. They serve good quality food and have a nice garden area to sit out in too. You can find them at 16 Church Street, CM6 2AD.

Dog Walking

The trail is popular with dog walkers you'll probably see plenty of other owners as you make your way along the path. The cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly. Hatfield Forest, on the route, is another good spot to take your dog with lots of fine woodland trails.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Near Braintree you'll pass Great Notley Country Park where there's some good cycling and walking trails to try. The 100 acre park is just south of the route and has wetland areas and a lake.


Flitch Way Country Park - Braintree station entrance

Flitch Way Country Park 1

The Flitch Way - - 1710555

View of the former railway line, now converted to a footpath. Looking towards the former Takeley station from Canfield Road.

Rayne Station Centre - Flitch Way Country Park - - 865763

Rayne Station Centre - Flitch Way Country Park. The former Rayne Railway Station is now the Visitor Centre for the Country Park.

Rayne - Flitch Way - National Cycle Network 16 Rowe Type Milepost - Detail - - 865808

Just beside the Rayne Station Centre, is a "Rowe Type" Milepost (designed by Welsh artist Andrew Rowe) giving distances to places along the route and a circular disc. This is part of something called the "Millennium Time Trail" - a complex series of puzzles that you can solve by taking 'rubbings' from different mileposts. The Time Trail, including discs, was devised and designed by Charlie Harrow.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Flitch Way.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)