Colchester to Clacton on Sea

Colchester to Clacton on Sea

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A flat 18 mile cycle route Which takes you from the historic town of Colchester along
country lanes and ‘B’ roads to the old sea side resort of Clacton on Sea. The route is fairly flat and if you wish you can catch a train back to Colchester as there is a direct train service between the two towns but remember to check the service before your cycle ride.
Starting from Castle Park by Colchester Castle which is a fine example of a Norman Castle which was completed in 1100. At one and a half times the size of the Tower of London’s White Tower and Colchester’s keep is the largest in England
Starting from Castle Park in Colchester cycle past the pond on your left and you immediately meet with the river bank path. BEAR RIGHT along the river bank path and follow it along the river as it takes you behind the houses on your right and after three quarters of a mile bear right along the path as it takes you up to East Street (A). At East Street TURN LEFT and cycle over the river and after 200 yards TAKE THE SECOND TURNING ON YOUR RIGHT down Greenstead Road.

Cycle 500 yards to the end of the road where you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout TAKE THE FORTH EXIT along Colne Causeway then TURN IMMEDIATE LEFT along Elmstead Road (C).

Continue along Elmstead Road as it runs on to Boundary Road and takes you past The University of Essex and after 1 mile you come to a ‘T’ junction (D). At the junction TURN RIGHT along Colchester Road towards Wivenhoe ( a favorite with the local artists and writers) and after 500 yards TURN LEFT along Rectory Road.

Cycle along Rectory Road and follow the road around to the right as it runs on to Alresford Road. Continue along the road and after about two and a half miles you come to a ‘T’ junction (F). Note about half way along the road there is a sharp bend in the road. At this point carry on along the road keeping to the right.

At the junction TURN RIGHT along Ford lane and follow the road across Alreford Creek and about one and a half miles after you cross the water you come to a ‘T’ junction (G) on the outskirts of Brightlingsea.

At the junction TURN LEFT up Brightlingsea Road B1029 and cycle for 1 mile where you come to a cross roads. At the crossroads TURN RIGHT along Clacton Road B1027 (H). Continue to cycle along the road through Thorrington, which was mentioned in The Domesday Book and after about half a mile Clacton Road runs on to Holly Bush Hill, Flag Hill and then on to Colchester Road B1027. After cycling along this stretch of road for about three and a half miles you pass the village of St Osyth on your right. Continue along the B1027 past St Osyth and about one and a half miles past St Osyth TURN RIGHT down Jaywick Lane (I) towards Clacton Golf Club.

Cycle along Jaywick Lane past Bishops Park College and after one a quarter miles TUTRN LEFT along West Road (J). Follow West Road past Clacton Airport on your left and after three quarters of a mile you find yourself cycling along West Road on the sea front at Clacton on Sea. Continue along the sea front for about a quarter of a mile where you come to Clacton Pier. The end of your cycle ride.

Clacton pier was officially opened in 1871 and was originally built as a landing point for goods and passengers, and from when it opened for steamships. Clacton has many shops, bars and cafe’s for you to explore and enjoy before your return journey to Colchester.

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