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Essex and East London

Organisers Contact: Alan Peck, Tel: 01206395300, Email:

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Next Ride will be on Sunday 11th June
Starting from Cammas Hall Farm, Hatfield Broad Oak, CM22 7JT which has a cafe  at 10.30pm
A gentle 32 mile cycle through the Essex countryside stopping at Hatfield forest after 15 miles for lunch.
There are refreshments available at the forest but we are hoping that the weather will be in our favour so that we can have a picnic.
Returning to Cammas Hall Farm in time to pick some fruit before a final coffee and cake.
GPX file of the route available.
Contact Viv Woodroffe for further details.

The March Ride will be a week later on Sunday 19th March 2017 (third Sunday)


I have complied a list with the help of some members, that gives details of cycle friendly cafes and tea rooms where we like to stop in our area when we are out riding.   I thought this might be useful if you ever visit this part of the country and wanted to plan a ride in the lovely countryside.


If you are aware of any that we might have missed then please email me with details and I will add them to the list which can be found in the document section at the bottom of the  East London/Essex Region pages.


Hope you find it useful.

Vivienne Woodroffe


There were 4 tandems for the ride in September, although it did rain a little as we set off from Writtle the weather improved as we travelled along the quiet Essex lanes.

The sun was shining when we stopped at Bretts Garfen Centre and it was very pleasant sitting outside and chatting while we consumed our cream teas.

A good turn out on an overcast but dry March day.  There were a total of 12 riders which was comprised of 3 tricycles, 2 tandems and 2 solos.
Refreshments were taken at Oliver's Garden Centre, Witham  before we started the ride.
We were going at a decent pace until at 5 miles the newcomers had a puncture but once fixed we were on our way again until we got to the Fitch Way where a  fallen tree blocked our path.  We managed to negotiate the obstacle without too many scratches and were soon on our way again.
The ride finished at Stisted where a leisurely lunch was taken at the lovely Tea Room which sadly is closing soon due to the retirement of the owners.
Everybody made us feel very welcome and we look forward to joining the group again in the near future.
Viv and Andrew

On Sunday 7th April the sun shone through the fog and frost and we had a decent, if chilly day. 5 Tandems and 2 solos rolled out from our meeting place at Marks Tey Station. 

Making steady progress and enjoying the sun as we rolled up and down the country lanes to Boxted, where we enjoyed the usual kind of elevense but at Sandra's sisters house, Jacqui gave us a really warm welcome and mide us warm as well.

Dragging ourselves back out into the sunny, chilly air we rolled off again. We took in more of the rolling countryside (whoever said that Essex and Suffolk was flat?) and it was a great delight to see the daffodils and wild primroses along with spring lambs. We stopped for a breather at the Polstead duck pond, a favourite spot for several of us, and Alan and Wendy showed us THEIR picnic bench. We made our way uphill again from here towards Boxted and on into Assington where we stopped for a welcome lunch in the Barn Tea Rooms. Gill gave us here after lunch sales pitch for Optilab glasses and I'm sure she in now looking forward to receiving her commission!

Refreshed we then made our way through the undulating countryside through Bures pas Chappel Station and the Viaduct and into Marks Tey.

Right at the end Dave found he had a puncture oh dear! If there is ever a good time..... that was it, with his car in sight.

All said they enjoyed the ride and if Paul could find a few more hills.....

Everyone is looking forward to next months ride and with a little more sunshine we may get to see more legs as only Paul and David were brave enough to wear the shorts today. 

Paul and Sandra




What's On

09/07/2017 Essex and East London
The next ride will be Sunday 9th July, starting at 10am from Gt Dunmow, a leisurely 30 miles. Meet at Dunmow White Street car park CM6 1AB (there are toilets, and it is free on Sundays). "Elevenses" will be at the Booking Hall, Rayne after approx 9 miles. Lunch is at the end of the ride at Rhubarb Cafe in Dunmow High Street. A gpx file of the route is available. Email to if you wish to join us or for more information Contact: Alan & Sue Peck Tel: 07975858116 Email:



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