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Local maps and initiatives

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Local maps and initiatives

Local maps

For a successful and safe journey, planning your route ahead of time is essential. Please use the district/borough links below to find a wealth of information on interesting cycle routes throughout Essex which will allow you to make the most of your journey.

Local initiatives

Our support for local initiatives will ensure that people are encouraged to cycle by other local cyclists, and provided with the practical advice and support that they need to be confident to use their bicycles on a regular basis. This will help to ‘embed’ cycling as a normal, everyday activity, rather than just a one-off experience. Local initiatives are particularly effective at engaging with people on a personal level and ECC has committed to empowering the Boroughs/Districts, charities and community groups in Essex to promote cycling locally. Please use the district/borough links below to find out what is happening in your area.

Nb*. We are aware that there are huge number of local initiatives promoting cycling across the county and would like to support them via the website. If you know of any local cycling initiatives that should be added to these pages please email



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.

Discovery Maps

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. 

Choose how you move 

Report a problem

If you see an issue on the public highway, please use the report it online facility to let us know.