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To uni 4mi Thu 6 Jun
colchester 1000m Sat 18 May
Colchester to station 3mi Sat 6 Apr
Colchester premier inn 3mi Sat 6 Apr
southway 600m Fri 22 Mar
Cycle Revolution to Colchester Town 3mi Thu 14 Mar
To Colchester 3 3mi 15 Nov 2023
To Colchester 2 3mi 15 Nov 2023
To Colchester 1 3mi 15 Nov 2023
To Wivenhoe 3mi 15 Nov 2023

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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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What are the roads like? Which are the most cycle-friendly cafés? Where’s your favourite place for a Saturday afternoon spin? Share your knowledge with other local cyclists.

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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 · 3

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…