Walks in Colchester

Cycling around Colchester

Cycling through Dedham. Photo: Visit Essex
Cycling Signs in Colchester

With scenic coastal paths, quiet country lanes and woodland trails for all standards of rider, exploring Colchester and its surrounding area by bike can be as adventurous as you like.

There are multiple National Cycle Network Routes running through Colchester, connecting the town with places such as London, Harwich, and even the Netherlands through National Route 51, part of the North Sea Cycle Network.

Useful info

For a map of local cycle routes within Colchester, visit Cycle Colchester. The VIC shop sells various cycle maps, including The Painter's Trail which follows Constable, Gainsborough and Munnings through Dedham and beyond.

Bikes are available to hire at the Roman Circus Centre just outside the town centre.

Get on your bike!

Bike Hire at the Roman Circus

Local Routes


High Woods Route- Spanning from the Community Stadium in the North, through local residential areas and the picturesque High Woods Country Park, the route splits in two as it nears the town centre, heading either towards the mainline railway station or into the heart of town via the Victorian Castle Park.

Ipswich Road Route- Splitting off from the High Woods Route at Severalls Business Park, the Ipswich Road Route takes a more direct path to the town centre alongside a busy main road.

Greenstead Route- A mazy route, running throughout the Greenstead Housing Estate and joining up with National Cycle Route 51 as it runs from the Town Centre onto Wivenhoe.

Salary Brook Route- Skirting the edge of Greenstead housing estate, this route runs from local nature reserve, Salary Brook, through to the University and Wivenhoe Park.

Lexden Route- Spanning from close to the large Tollgate retail park in the west of Colchester towards the Town Centre via Lexden Recreation ground

Boadicea Route- Connecting the Garrison Route in the south to the Lexden route in the west

Garrison Route- Joining the South of Colchester to the town centre, and alongside the Boadicea route serving the army barracks in the town, as well as running past the large Abbey Field recreation ground.


National Routes


Route 1 - A long distance cycle route connecting Dover and the Shetland Islands - via the east coast of England and Scotland.
Route 13 – When complete will connect Tower Bridge in London with Fakenham in Norfolk
Route 51 - National Route 51 passes through Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex. The section between Harwich and Colchester forms part of the North Sea Cycle Route, also known as EuroVelo 12.


International Routes


EuroVelo 12 – The North Sea Cycle Route, and longest cycle route in the world passes through Colchester as it head out to Harwich and on to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.

Cycling Sign