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Commute 5mi Sun 12 Mar
Victoria 2mi 28 Dec 2022
Colchester Route 2mi 11 Jun 2022
KE Quay to Station 3mi 30 May 2022
10 september 6mi 10 Sep 2020
chalkney wood-chapel rd 7mi 12 May 2019
chapel rd-chalkney wood 7mi 12 May 2019
To the Uni 3mi 30 Apr 2016
Woodpecker to Tourist Info 7mi 6 Aug 2015
Colchester r'way stn to Endsleigh Court 1mi 20 Mar 2015

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Send your yellow bike to Africa

13 Jun 2014

A yellow-painted bike, no matter how creaky, has become the accessory du jour for Yorkshire businesses and community organisations to proclaim their support for the Tour de France. Fearful that all these yellow crocks…

Days Out

Weekend rides

Find somewhere to cycle this weekend. Here’s our route-planner’s top picks around Colchester:

Lexden Earthworks · 6mi round-trip
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Melford Hall · 41mi round-trip
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Mistley Towers · 22mi round-trip
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National Cycle Network

Cycle routes in Colchester

The National Cycle Network is a great way to find traffic-free routes and quiet lanes. These routes pass through Colchester:

To Oxford, Kidlington, Bicester, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Huntingdon, St Ives, Cambridge, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Harwich and Wivenhoe.

To Fakenham, East Dereham, Watton, Thetford and Bury St Edmunds.

To Dover, Deal, Sandwich, Fordwich, Canterbury, Herne Bay, Faversham, Sittingbourne, Chatham, Rochester, London, Harlow, Chelmsford, Hadleigh, Ipswich, Woodbridge, Framlingham, Halesworth, Beccles, Norwich, Fakenham and King'S Lynn.


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A note on our PDF maps

30 Oct 2022 · 2

When you’re planning a route, has always offered the option to export a print-ready PDF in one of several scales. PDF maps are great as a fallback for electronic… now has Ordnance Survey maps

2 Apr 2021 · 2

Ordnance Survey maps are justly famed for their clear, detailed coverage of the British countryside. Generations of cyclists have planned their adventures with an OS map or two stuffed in…