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Day Trail Guide - Deepest Essex

This trail takes you round the secretive country lanes of hidden north Essex, through rolling rural countryside, past picture-postcard villages, duckponds, windmills and wisteria-clad cottages that all seem a million miles away from London.

The trail guide provides options to ride between 15 and 50 miles according to fitness and time availability. The route uses quiet country lanes, with no A roads and minimal use of B roads. Alternatively you can elect to use off-road tracks and bridleways for up to half of the route.


The itinerary for all 4 versions of the trail includes:

- criss-crossing the picturesque rural Colne Valley near West Bergholt and Wakes Colne.

- a visit to Wormingfield Airfield, home of the thriving Essex & Suffolk Gliding Club.

- delightful pastoral views of the River Stour valley near Bures (such as the one at the top of this webpage).

- cycling right under the graceful arches of Chappel Viaduct, Britain's 2nd largest brick-built structure after Battersea Power Station.

Longer versions of the trail also include some or all of the following:

- the secretive steeply rolling rural countryside around Twinstead and Great Henny.

- a delightful old railway trail skirting the west of Sudbury.

- a close encounter with Borley, made famous from the 1930s as the most haunted place in England, but gradually discredited over the years.

- a visit to the ancient woodlands at Chalkney on the southern slopes of the Colne Valley.



This trail guide is available free of charge when you hire a bike from Coolpedals.

It's also available for online purchase, in a range of digital and hardcopy formats,via the button below.


PRICING Format Format Format
Trail Version Bronze Silver / Silver GPS Gold / Gold GPS
Beginner £1.75 £3.75 £11.75 (OS Landranger 168)
Occasional Rider £2.00 £4.50 £12.50 (OS Landranger 168)
Regular Rider £2.25 £5.25 £19.25 (OS Landranger 155 & 168)
Energetic Rider £2.50 £6.00 £20.00 (OS Landranger 155 & 168)


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