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Essex - searching for cycle routes that avoids roads.

CycleFun 24 Jun 22:01  

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Hi There,

I'm really starting to get into cycling but I really hate going on roads due to too many incompetent drivers who I feel are just too dangerous to cyclists (boy-racers seeming to be my biggest annoyance).

I live in Barleylands but am looking for any long(ish) cycle routes that don't involve roads in Essex. The main one that I have been doing is a route from Hadleigh that goes round the back of the castle, then eventually goes onto a path that goes to Old Leigh (no roads which is lovely and total escapism). I'd love to find any similar types of routes around Chelmsford, Boreham, Billericay, etc, and I'm happy to rough it to a certain degree (there are some lovely routes aroun the back of Barleylands but are just to overgrown to cycle in parts unfortunately).

Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance,

James Hamilton



Russ Boy 15 Jul 21:50  

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Hello James,

I'm doing the London Southend ride this weekend from Victoria Park to Priory Park (southend).If there are any decent sections,i'll try to make a mental note and get back to you.It is all on the road,but i ride exclusively on the road,and although you do encounter a few bad drivers,i find most are pretty reasonable if you play by the rules.
Being a car driver as well as a cyclist gives you an insight into what may annoy car drivers.
When i'm on my bike,i,(like many people) am always second guessing what the motorist behind is thinking of me,so try to be as accomodating as possible within reason,but you're right some drivers just don't care,and assume that as you are riding a bike,you are doing becacause you have to,and you are living some sort of impoverished life.
Good luck,i've been cycling regularly for only 3 years,and wish i had started earlier,although i am 'only' 40.

Regards,

Russ.


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James, A little away from you but you have tried the Flitch way from Braintree to Stortford ? Its the old Railway line so not a car in sight, apart from when you go through Dunmow. The surface is okay being rolled fine shale and the car free part of the route is about 30 miles (return) . Theres a tricky bit near Canfield where you have to walk you bike up abput 20 steps but the rest of it is fine. Route starts at the current Braintree Railway station so you could catch a train to it from your part of essex


TONY BRIDGE 17 Dec 07:24  

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I LIVE IN BASILDON AND IF THERE ARE ANY LONG OFF ROAD RIDES GOING , I WOULD LOVE TO JOIN IN.IM 50 AND HAVE JUST GIVEN UP UP VETS FOOTBALL BUT WOULD LIKE TO START ANOTHER OUT DOOR HOBBY ,BUT AS JAMES MENTIONED ,I THINK ITS A MATTER OF TIME BEFOREE YOU HAVE A NEAR MISS WITH A CAR OR LORRY .
CHEERS TONY


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