• When things open up again, I've promised to take a friend on a mini "tour" from London to a friend's woodland near Colchester where we'll camp. She's not done much touring before, so wanted to go on quieter routes if possible. Google is routing me straight down the A road from Romford to Chelmsford and beyond, so I was looking for something a little less busy, though I've also had some unpleasant experiences on Essex roads before...

    GPX routes I can put on my Garmin would be much appreciated!


  • Have a search on RideWithGPS, plenty of very nice routes on there that follow quiet lanes, once you're out of east London. Or, you can draw your own route and download it


  • The nicest way is by doing a big scoop under Chelmsford through South Hanningfield way or go all the way over Chelmsford and Braintree, maybe through Finchingfield direction (though that's much longer). Can advise further if needed. Used to live in Colchester.


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