Enjoy the sights of picture perfect villages by bike

Coggeshall, Essex

Cycle through the picturesque villages of Coggeshall, Finchingfield and The Hedinghams taking in their historical sights.

The full cycle route is 87km/54 miles but there are many short ride options and lovely places to stop for a bite to eat along the route. Along this particular route 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.

Explore Coggeshall, a lovely historic market town made up of nearly 2000 listed buildings and dating from as far back as the 14th century. Stop off at Coggeshall Grange Barn or Paycocke’s House & Garden to discover more about the town’s history.

At Finchingfield you’ll discover an idyllic English village with a duck pond, village green, hump-backed bridge and pub overlooked by colour-washed cottages, a windmill and a medieval church giving it a spectacular series of views. Pop in to the Tiptree tea room and enjoy the vistas whilst endulging in a home made scone with the world famous jam and cream.

Castle Hedingham’s ‘real’ history begins with the Norman’s. The village was granted to one of William, duke of Normandy’s lords, Aubrey de Vere. Although he and his descendants built a number of castles at various locations, they chose Hedingham as their primary seat. This 900-year-old Norman Keep, one of the best preserved Keeps in Europe, is set in 160 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland. You can explore the four floors including the Banqueting Hall with a Minstrels’ Gallery said to be the finest Norman  interior in England.


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For more local tourist information:

  • Witham Tourist Information Centre
  • Email Address tic@witham.gov.uk
  • Contact Details 01376 502674

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