Flatford Lock  Constable Country
  • Flatford Lock  Constable Country
  • Dedham church
  • Dedham river

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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.

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.




  • Description of route - Colchester and Dedham
  • Length of route (miles) - 47


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Parking available in villages and towns throughout the route.

Public Transport Directions

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

Cultural Sites and Constable Country

Type:Cycle Route

Colchester, Essex, CO1 2PG

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What's Nearby

  1. Natural History Museum

    Discover and interesting 'hands-on' perspective on the local natural environment from the…

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  2. *Following the recent UK government announcement, we will be temporarily closing the…

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  3. An important part of Colchester's rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys,…

    0.13 miles away
  4. Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of…

    0.14 miles away
  1. Roman Theatre

    The theatre mentioned in Tacitus' account of the Boudican attack on Colchester was…

    0.17 miles away
  2. Dating from the 15th century this fine flint flushwork gatehouse just off St John's Green…

    0.2 miles away
  3. The Town Hall is a superb example of Edwardian Architecture built in 1902 with…

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  4. Roman Wall/Guard Room/Triumphal Arch

    Colchester's Roman Wall is the oldest and longest surviving town wall in Britain.

    0.24 miles away
  5. Located just north of the High Street and includes: Maidenburgh Street, West Stockwell…

    0.26 miles away
  6. The jewel in Colchester’s crown - an award-winning oasis of horticultural splendour…

    0.29 miles away
  7. Colchester Roman Circus Centre

    The site of the Colchester Roman circus (chariot-racing arena) was discovered in 2004. It…

    0.41 miles away
  8. Roman Church

    Dating from the 4th century AD the foundations of this church near the Police Station…

    0.42 miles away
  9. Colchester's premier events venue featuring comedians, bands, orchestras, dance,…

    0.58 miles away
  10. Gosbecks Archaeological Park

    The Archaeological Park is one of the most significant Iron Age and Roman sites in the…

    2.29 miles away
  11. Colchester Zoo is home to over 220 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes and are…

    3.44 miles away
  12. 20 acres of professionally designed gardens within woodland destroyed by the 1987…

    3.78 miles away
  13. St Michael & All Angels Church

    Celebrated 12th century apsidal church with magnificent colour medieval wall paintings,…

    4.24 miles away
  14. Covering 6 acres, these beautiful gardens and nursery were created by award-winning…

    4.39 miles away
  15. Nature reserve over 200 acres of mixed habitat on the Colne Estuary. Nature trails,…

    4.72 miles away
  16. One of Europe's top Wetland sites, excellent bird watching opportunities and fabulous…

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