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A 17.5 mile (28 km) moderate day cycle ride. Circular route on roads & cycle paths with linear stretch to Wivenhoe

The trail is the initiative of artist Michael Goodey, who was inspired by early 20th century landscape painter Lucien Pissarro's painting of a view across Hilly Fields which in now in the care of Colchester Museums. A further inspiration was Colchester's distincitve skyline featuring the Victorian Tower of the Town Hall and the Jumbo Water Tower. This cycle route weaves history and contemporary culture together through they eyes of the artist.

At 10 locations, Michael has places a sign depicting the view. Initially giving the appearance of a typical road sign, they are in fact meticulously handmade paintings. The trail is, in effect, an artwork initself, which encourages people to discover new viewpoints and vistas.

Guide Prices

Trail map & information can be purchased from the VisitColchester Information Centre for £1.50


Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Site Features

  • Welcome Host


Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Visit Colchester Information Centre is located in Hollytrees Museum, located in Castle Park

Accessible by Public Transport: Colchester station is 1 mile away.

The View Finder Trail

Type:Cycle Route

Visit Colchester Information Centre, Hollytrees Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
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