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Cultural sites and Constable Country

Cultural sites and Constable Country




The Essex countryside is ideal for cycling. A gently-rolling landscape with green lanes winding through farmland, river valleys and picturesque villages and cottages at every turn.

Explore Colchester, widely regarded as a Cycle Town, where for many years Colchester has celebrated its status as Britain's oldest recorded town- documented since it was the Celticstronghold of Camulodunum. Today it is a place which offers a happy blend of heritage of international importance together with a strong contemporary atmosphere including small specialist shops, cafés, restaurants and galleries.

Make sure you visit Dedham. Located in the north east is the Dedham Vale Areaof Outstanding Natural Beauty, also known
as Constable Country. Best discovered on foot or by bike, the Dedham Vale received its national designation due to its cultural
importance. Its sublime gently rolling agricultural landscape broken by Dedham church and the mills and barns that Constable immortalised in the 19th century.

Parking available in villages and towns throughout the route.

Nearest train station: Colchester and Wivenhoe station are both on the route.

Cycle Route: Colchester and Dedham

Miles: 47



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