Colne Valley Jaunt - 16 miles

Start

This ride starts from the Village of Earls Colne, which is approx. 3 miles from Halstead and 10 miles from Colchester.

Description

This is a an excellent bike ride with excellent views across the valley and on virtually traffic free roads, the terrain is easy (just a few little hills)with no off road sections. It is ideal for a quick jaunt around the valley.
Starting from Earls Colne you head upto Countess Cross & down to Fordham then across the valley to Aldham & head back to Earls Colne via Gt. Tey, this ride can also be linked up with the Colne Valley Ride to make the Grande"Tour De Colne Valley" a 38 mile bike ride

Distance

This ride is approximately 16 miles.

Map

OS Landranger no 168

Parking

Park at the car park at the rear of the Co-op Supermarket. Drive up the high street the Co-op is in the middle of the village, take the turning down the side of the store and take the first left into the car park (don't park in stores car park otherwise the manager will be after you!) the entrance to the car park runs parallel to the Co-op car park.

Refreshments

Village shop at Fordham, & various pubs on route.

The Route

Leave the car park, turning right back on to the High street and then turning left down the high street towards the church.

Follow the road round the church down the road to a mini roundabout and turn left, Follow the A1124 for a short distance soon passing the Riverside Restaurant Restaurant on your right and crossing over the River Colne. Just before you head up Colneford Hill turn left along the left hand side of White Colne Village green (that painful first climb!). On cresting the hill keep ahead and follow this road for just over a mile as it winds its way to Countess Cross. Keep a look out for the views to your left of Earls Colne.

Upon reaching Countess Cross which is at the end of a long gradual climb, turn right at the junction with a red telephone box and after a short while bear right at a junction signposted Bures. Follow this road as it winds its way across the farmland& bear right at an undefined junction still following the signs for Bures.

At the end of this road continue straight ahead at the crossroads signposted Wakes Colne, after a while you will arrive at Wakes Colne Green turn right and then take the next left signposted Chappel, soon reaching another junction by a pond. Turn left & then take an immediate right alongside a black barn.

Keep a look out on your right for Jankes farmhouse, you have now reached Jankes Green, turn left here signposted Fordham. Keep a look out on your right for a postbox on reaching the junction soon after passing it turn right still following the signs for Fordham

This is a great road for a sprint, no hills or junctions for over a mile, so put your head don & go for it, but don't get to carried away as you need to keep a look out on your left for a left hand turn again signposted for Fordham.

Keep ahead, ignoring the first left hand turn,keeping straight ahead but turning left at an undefined junction again signposted for Fordham, At the end of this road turn right sign posted Colchester and head into Fordham.

At Fordham turn right onto a road called Ponders Road which is just after the village shop which sells ice creams incidentally... . After a winding descent you will reach the A1124, bear left along the A1124 for a short distance taking the first right just after the Coopers Arms pub on your right signposted Aldham Church and soon passing Mill Race Nursery on your right.

After the long gradual ascent to Aldham, you need to take a right hand turn at the crossroads by Aldham church signposted Great Tey. You are now on the home run, follow this road all the way to Great Tey.

On reaching a T-junction at Great Tey turn left and then take the right by the church onto a road called "The Street" Signposted Earls Colne. Keep ahead on this road ignoring all turnoffs including those signposted earls Colne (I'm taking you on the scenic route).

At the end of this road turn left signposted Earls Colne, soon passing Chalkney Woods on your right stay on this road until you reach the A1124, turn left,and head back to Earls Colne.