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CYCLING IN THE MALDON DISTRICT

The Maldon District offers both short and easy circular tours as well as longer routes, mostly on quiet country lanes, which allows both the occasional and committed cyclist to enjoy this area to the full. Whether you wish to visit historic maritime towns and traditional marshland villages, or visit the wild low-lying Dengie marshes, there's always somewhere new to explore in the Maldon District.

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MALDON CYCLING MAP

The Maldon Cycling Map from Essex County Council covers both on-road and off-road cycle routes in Maldon and Heybridge. There are several routes to choose from, including the route along the Blackwater Rail Trail, a route along the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, a loop around the town which covers the High Street and also routes out of Maldon heading to Chelmsford and Heybridge Basin.

One of the routes listed on the Maldon Cycling Map is part of National Cycle Route 1 which runs from Dover to Shetland, and is 1,695 miles long or 2,728km. You can pick up the Maldon Cycling Map for free at the Maldon Tourist Information Centre, or download an online copy below.

TWO RIVERS' WAY

This cycle route begins at one of England's leading yachting centres, Burnham-on-Crouch. From here, the route heads north to explore the Dengie Peninsula, which is situated between the River Crouch and the River Blackwater. The route has a longer version of 25 miles or 40km and a shorter version of 12 miles or 19km.

Two Rivers' Way takes you through Southminster, Asheldham, Tillingham, Bradwell-on-Sea and then through St. Lawrence, Steeple and back down to Burnham-on-Crouch. You can pick up Two Rivers' Way at the Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch Tourist Information Centres, or view it online below.


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WITHAM AND MALDON ROUTES

The Witham and Maldon Routes has multiple rides and the total distance of the main route is 36 miles or 58km. The main route goes through Maldon, Ulting, past Hatfield Peveral and Terling, Black Notley and Cressing and then to Kelvedon, past Tiptree and Little Totham before returning to Maldon via Heybridge.

There are nine shorter rides included in the Witham and Maldon Routes. These rides are approximately five to twenty miles and are ideally suited for families or new cyclists. The map also has a list of attractions along the route, including seven from the Maldon District which are the Museum of Power, Combined Military Services Museum, Maeldune Heritage Centre, Maldon District Museum, Promenade Park, the Moot Hall and Topsail Charters.

CHELMSFORD AND MALDON ROUTES

The Chelmsford and Maldon routes has numerous rides and the total distance of the main route is 57 miles or 92km. The main route goes through Maldon, Purleigh, Stow Maries, Rettendon, West Hanningfield, Stock, Chelmsford, Chignall St. James, Pleshey, Howe Street, Great Leighs, Terling, Ulting and then returns to Maldon.

There are seven shorter rides included in the Chelmsford and Maldon routes. These rides are approximately five to twenty miles and are ideally suited for families or new cyclists. The map includes a list of attractions along the route, including seven from the Maldon District which are Ulting Church, Museum of Power, Combined Military Services Museum, the Moot Hall, Topsail Charters, Maldon District Museum and New Hall Vineyards.
CROUCH TO BLACKWATER

The Crouch to Blackwater tour is 22 miles long and is a circular route which goes through the villages of North Fambridge, Althorne, Latchingdon, Mundon, Maldon, Purleigh and Cold Norton.
FAR AND WIDE

The Far and Wide tour is 14 miles long and is a circular route mostly on quiet country lanes. The route goes through Woodham Walter, Cock Clarks, Purleigh and Maldon.
BLACKWATER RIDE

The Blackwater Ride is 34 miles long and begins in Maldon, and goes to Heybridge Basin, Goldhanger, Little Totham, Great Braxted, Kelvedon and to Coggeshall before circling back round to Maldon.

PLAN YOUR OWN ROUTE

At the Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch Tourist Information Centres, a variety of maps are available for purchase. OS Explorer maps are stocked, including Blackwater Estuary 176, which covers most of the Maldon District, as well as Chelmsford & the Rodings 183, which covers the eastern part of the district and beyond. There are also OS Explorer maps available that cover wider parts of Essex.

Around & About Maps are smaller snapshots which cover parts of OS Explorer maps 176 and 183. They include Maldon (the Woodhams and the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, Burnham-on-Crouch (Southminster & the Dengie Marshes), Bradwell-on-Sea (Tillingham & Mayland), Tollesbury (Goldhanger & the Tolleshunts) and Witham (Wickham Bishops, Great Totham, White Notley & Hatfield Peveral).

The Essex & Thames Estuary Cycle Map is also available for purchase and is a pocket sized guide to the National Cycle Network. This map is perfect for long distance riders heading to London, Kent or Suffolk.
Around and About Maps