Cycle routes and maps
For a successful and safe journey, plan your route ahead of time.
We provide a wealth of information on interesting cycle routes throughout Essex which will allow you to make the most of your journey. Here you will find details of routes and maps to guide you, some of which can be downloaded from this page.
Colchester area cycle maps
National Cycle Network
The National Cycle Network is a network of cycle routes in the United Kingdom and is managed by the charity Sustrans. Currently spanning 13,400 miles it was officially created in 1995 and now passes within one mile of half the population, over 338 million trips were made using it in 2006. National Routes 1, 11, 13, 16 & 51 all pass through Essex.
Sustrans produce a map of the 369 mile route along NCN 1 on England's east coast. For cost and availability, please visit their website.
The Flitch Way map covers a recently resurfaced off-road route along a former railway line between Braintree and Stansted.
Other useful links
Visit Essex is the official tourism site covering the county. It provides valuable information on walking and cycling through Essex, with details of five cycling routes passing through towns and villages taking in historic sites and places of interest.
Essex Country Parks have planned cycle routes and some even offer you the chance to hire bikes, tandems, trailers, child seats and tagalongs.
Flint and Forge Discovery Map - A 14 or 30 mile route, starting in Stansted Mountfitchet and heading west towards the former home of sculptor Henry Moore.
Two Rivers Way Discovery Map - A 12 or 25 mile route around the Dengie Peninsula between the Rivers Crouch and Blackwater.
Witchfinders Way Discovery Map - A 21 or 26 mile route from Harwich to Manningtree via Mistley and the River Stour.
Map your own routes and plan your journey by bike:
Map my ride.
CycleStreets is a UK-wide cycle journey planner system, which lets you plan routes from A to B by bike. It is designed by cyclists, for cyclists, and caters for the needs of both confident and less confident cyclists.