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.

In the south-east visit Wivenhoe - a delightful gem on the River Colne. Wivenhoe has plenty of delights to charm the visitor. Its history involves fishing, yachts, dinghies, ships and smuggling; a pretty church, with a distinctive cupola on top of its sturdy tower, stands on the site of the first church, built in Saxon times. The streets are small and quaint, leading into each other and ending at the picturesque waterfront where fishing boats and small sailing craft bob at their moorings. 

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.




 

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

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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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