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This picture perfect route will take you through one of the most photographed villages in England, Finchingfield, the 'olde world charm' town of Cogggeshall which has over 200 listed buildings , Castle Hedingham with its Norman Keep, the market town of Halstead and nestling in the Colne valley Earls Colne.  There is plenty to see and do including the medieval barns of the Knights Templar, jousting knights at a Norman Keep, steam railways, magnificent houses with stunning gardens and listed windmills.

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 - Coggeshall, Finchingfield and the Hedinghams
  • Length of route (miles) - 54

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Parking available in villages throughout the route.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station: Wakes Colne station is on the route.

Cycle your way round picture perfect villages

Type:Cycle Route

Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3EJ
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