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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Colchester to Hadleigh and Raydon Loop|
|Distance : miles (km)||27.93 (44.95)|
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|This is a road route, on a mix of A, B and country roads, that has gentle climbs.
Follow Severalls Lane across the A12 and continue on, veering left onto Langham Road. Follow this until you come to the Straight Road junction. Turn right towards Boxted, but take the next left onto Queen's Head Road. Follow this and Boxted Road to the A134 junction. Turn right, heading away from Great Horkesley. After the second river crossing turn right into Bear Street, B1087. Follow this into Nayland and then turn left onto Gravel Hill, heading for the Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club. At the B1068 junction turn right towards Stoke-by-Nayland. Follow the B1068 into Stoke-by-Nayland taking the sharp left. As the B1068 forks right, take the left hand road, turning off the B1068. At the next junction turn left, heading for Polstead. Turn left into Water Lane and skirt by Polstead, following the road as it bends to the right and on into Holt Road. Follow this up to the A1071 junction. Turn right onto the A1071 and follow it through Hadleigh Heath and on to the outskirts of Hadleigh. Turn right onto the B1070 and follow this through Hadleigh, Layham and Raydon. Continue on the B1070 through a number of left and right hand turns, but just before Holton St Mary, turn right off the B1070 onto a country road heading towards Higham. Follow the road to the B1068 junction and turn right towards Higham. Follow the B1068 into Higham, but part way through, turn left, off the B1068, onto Higham Road, heading for Stratford St Mary. Follow Higham Road to the crossroads and turn right into The Row. Follow this into Stratford St Mary, then head out again on Lower Street going down to the side of the A12 before looping round to the right. This will bring you through the trees on Gun Hill. Turn right at Dedham Road, heading for Langham Hall. At Langham Hall turn left into Rectory Road, heading for Langham. At Langham turn right into School Road and then left into Moor Road. Follow this down into Lagham Lane and back to the junction with Severalls Lane. Turn left and go back to the start.
This ride is a lovely 30 miler in Summer or Winter, Hadleigh provides the cake stop, otherwise its gentle climbs and country roads. Only busy road is the A134 before you get to Gt Horkesley
|Cycling Clubs located in this region|
|Colchester Rovers Cycling Club|
|Forty Plus CC|
|South East Essex CTC|