Cycling in Essex

Cycling in Essex

Braintree District, Brentwood Borough, Chelmsford City, Colchester Borough, Epping Forest District, Harlow District, Maldon District, Tendring District, Uttlesford District

Benefits of cycling

Cycling is a great activity that can help you get active and improve your overall health. Cycling is a low impact activity so it can be enjoyed by absolutely everyone.

Cycling :

  • reduces the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke
  • boosts your mood and keep your weight under control
  • is easy to fit into your daily routine by riding to the shops, park, school or work
  • has low impact- it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise
  • is a fun way to get fit – the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places

Cycling in Brentwood

Trailnet run a number of cycling activities in Brentwood.

Chelmsford cycling

Family friendly cycle rides

The shorter routes are ideal for families with younger children and can easily be completed on a balance bike or scooter. If you’re new to cycling, you might like to start with a short route and build your way up to a longer one. Each route takes you through some of Chelmsford’s prettiest scenery. They avoid large roads, so are perfect for building confidence. The maps also highlight interesting places to visit along the way, spots to take a pitstop, and the best backdrops for a mid-cycle selfie. Some of them even have ping-pong tables en-route, so you can mix it up with a different form of exercise!  Find out more about the family-friendly cycle rides.

Women time

  • Learn to Ride: Do you want to learn how to ride a bike in fun and sociable environment for ladies only? If so, why not give Women time a go? The sessions, running until June are designed to give you the confidence and to try cycling, whether you’ve not ridden a bike for years or have never ridden a bike.
  • Cycling- led cycle rides: Do you want to go for a bike ride in a fun and sociable environment for like-minded ladies? If so, there are a number of sessions for you designed to use existing riding skill or new skills learnt, but give you the confidence on and off road. Find out when and where they are taking place.

Colchester cycling

  • Colchester Orbital – Approximately 14-15 miles in length, the Colchester Orbital is a circular walk/cycle route around the periphery of the town, taking advantage of and connecting some of its loveliest green spaces and off-road pathway networks.
  • Happy Handlebars is a project to encourage everyone in Essex to discover the pleasure of cycling. In partnership with en-form (Colchester’s environmental information centre) we host a vast selection of cycle rides, groups and activities for people of all ages. Visit their website for more information.
  • There are four friendly bike kitchens in Essex (Colchester, Jaywich, Wivenhoe and Clacton)where you can get help look after your bike, from regular bike checks to getting assistance with simple repairs.

  • Cycle Colchester – its website seeks to keep the community up to date with what is happening locally to promote and support cycling, whether you are a beginner, looking to cycle more, or into the sporty/competitive side of cycling.
  • Bike and Go is a flexible bike hire scheme which is available from 70 participating train stations across the UK including Clacton-on-Sea and Colchester train stations . Whether you’re visiting friends, commuting to work or you fancy a day out.
    Bike & Go is the ideal solution to get you to your destination quickly and with ease. For more information please visit the Bike and Go website.


Did you know that Harlow has approximately 30 miles cycle tracks? See map of Harlow’s cycle tracks.

Maldon cycling 

Maldon and District Cycling Club

  • Led ride program available for introductory cycling session. For more information email: or visit their website.

Epping cycling

Cycling for health programme

  • The Cycling for Health programme is a series of weekly led rides in the Epping Forest and Lee Valley organised by Epping Forest District Council Community Services.  All the Cycling for Health routes are generally traffic free as we use bridleways or walking paths. The rides are approximately two hours long and we cover a distance of between 6 to 10 miles. All our routes are graded easy through to hard. Find out more on their website or email:

Cycling in Uttlesford 

  • Uttlesford is a largely rural district, which can make it harder to get about on a bike. However, there are some lovely cycle routes that can be enjoyed as part of a leisure activity. If you are interested in this place visit the Uttlesford District Council website for a list of all the cycling routes.

Cycling in Tendring

  • Holland on Sea residents association runs a monthly bike ride on traffic free route 150 on the last Sunday of every month. Meet at Kingscliff Hotel at 10.30am. Find out more here.

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