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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Stisted to Greenstead Green and Halstead Circle|
|Distance : miles (km)||17.67 (28.44)|
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|This is an easy going, road route, all on quiet country roads, that cross the A1124 twice, and pass through some nice villages.|
|Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?|
|Greenstead Green Farm Shop
|Near By Cycle Shops|
|Cycling Clubs located in this region|
|Colchester Rovers Cycling Club|
|Forty Plus CC|
|South East Essex CTC|
|posted by:Martin||Rating :||difficult :|
|I cycled this route this morning (8th April 2011) in very good weather. There was no difficulty in completing the first part from Halstead to Greenstead Green but I decided to have a five minute break on the conveniently placed bench next to the phone kiosk in the village. |
Again, the stretch from Greenstead Green to the A1124, then on to Langley Mill and through Elm Hall Road, was quite easy. However, when turning left at he end of Elm Hall Road, up towards Colne Engaine, I soon came across quite a steep hill, which continued until I left the village, where I discovered a pleasantly relaxing and very welcome descent.
On the remainder of the way to Pebmarsh from Colne Engaine, I found only one tiring piece of road, but that was after quite a sharp downward gradient.
The remainder of the circuit (back toward Halstead) includes a stretch of single-track road with a lot of gravel down its centre and care had to be taken to avoid it. I deviated from the route at grid ref: TL835317 (as near as I can judge) where I turned right onto a road that leads out to the A131 at Halstead Cricket Club.
From here, it is a simple descent into Halstead. At around 17.5 miles, the route is shorter than the Halstead/Great Yeldham circuit (about 23 miles) which I rode two days ago. However, I found it more tiring, owing to the steeper gradients encountered.