This tour breaks new ground for Cycale but involves quite lengthy train travel. However, the pubs are varied with a few absolute gems! I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will be accepted on all the trains with our bikes! It is about 45 miles in total.
WARNING - Parts of this route will have more traffic than we are usually used to (including 4X4s with personalised number plates (note for Julian) so great care and caution will be needed throughout. Also – the final part of the ride is about 20 miles in length finishing with a cruise along the sea front at Southend! (A shorter alternative for those who wish to do this would be a ride back to Battlesbridge after Pagelsham).
Meet Colchester North Station at 10.15 to catch 10.33 to Shenfield and then onwards to Wickford and arrive 11.40 a.m. Battlesbridge.
Proceed to the Bull at Hockley for first stop (12.10 approx)
Proceed to The Victory at Ashingdon for lunch (13.10 approx- lunch stop)
Cycle to Canewdon and onwards to the Essex Marina for the view but not the beer.
Retrace route and proceed to Ballards Gore Shepherd and Dog ( 3 p.m. approx.)
Then on to The Punch Bowl at Pagelsham (3.50 p.m.)
Proceed to The Plough and Sail Pagelsham (4.35 p.m.)
Then a long ride through Rochford (past the Horse and Groom but not stopping) to Great Wakering and Shoeburyness to ride along the sea front to Leigh on Sea -
final pub The Crooked Billet – 7 p.m.
Train home from Leigh on Sea – 8ish arriving 10ish (via Southend or Fenchurch Street)
Contact Robin – firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place by May 12th at the latest!!