Cycle Routes in Essex

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There's plenty to see on your bike in Essex with plenty of countryside and some lovely signed routes in Lee Valley park and Epping Forest.

Essex is truly a county of contrasts. Steeped in history and infused with unique architectural, historic and natural treasures, encapsulating everything that is great about the coast, the countryside and market towns. With each element there is a wealth of hidden gems waiting to be discovered and explored. For more information on walking and cycling in Essex as well as information on visitor attractions, things to do, events to go to and places to stay please go to

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Essex including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

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 Short Routes: <15 miles (25km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Abberton Reservoir10 miles (16 km)**
Belhus Woods Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)*
Blackwater Rail Trail6 miles (10 km)*
Chelmsford to Maldon12 miles (20 km)**
Danbury Common2 miles (2.5 km)*
Flitch Way15 miles (24 km)**
Great Notley Country Park3 miles (5 km)*
Hadleigh Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)*
Hainault Forest Country Park4 miles (7 km)*
Hatfield Forest4 miles (7 km)*
High Woods Country Park2 miles (4 km)*
Ingrebourne Valley3 miles (5 km)*
Langdon Hills Country Park5 miles (7.5 km)*
Lee Valley9 miles (14 km)*
Marsh Farm Country Park4 miles (6 km)*
Rainham Marshes6 miles (9 km)*
Thorndon Country Park5 miles (8 km)*
Weald Country Park6 miles (9 km)*

 Mid Distance Routes: 16 - 30 miles (26-50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Bishop's Stortford to Braintree22 miles (35 km)***
Cheshunt to Hertford16 miles (25 km)*
Colchester to Harwich25 miles (40 km)***
Epping Forest19 miles (30 km)**
Greenwich to Cheshunt21 miles (34 km)*
Harlow to Chelmsford22 miles (35 km)***
Pilgrimage Way23 miles (37 km)*
St Albans to Harlow28 miles (45 km)**

 Long Routes: > 30 miles (50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Bishop's Stortford to Witham32 miles (52 km)***
Braintree to Colchester31 miles (50 km)***
Cambridge to Stansted Mountfitchet31 miles (50 km)**
Ipswich to Colchester31 miles (50 km)***

 Your Submitted Routes
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Stansted Mountfitchet - Sawbridgeworth37 miles (60 km)***

 Essex Cycling Links
Basildon Council Countrsyide pages for the area
Colchester CyclingLots of useful information on cycling in the area
Essex CCCycling and walking info for the county
Essex UniversityTransport pages with cycling and walking information
EssexhertsmtbEssex Herts MTB) Mountain biking in Essex Hertfordshire and London. We ride XC, Freeride and Downhill trails in Epping, Danbury, Chicksands, Aston Hill, Woburn and Thorndon. Come join us!
Visit EssexWalk and Cycle Essex

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