Flitch Way

Flitch Way is a flat cycle route ideal for an easy ride for children through the Essex countryside. The path follows the former Braintree to Bishop’s Stortford line and provides a traffic-free cycle route from Braintree to Dunmow.

Scenic and with varied wildlife, Flitch Way offers an enjoyable ride in picturesque countryside. Visit interesting places along the way including Victorian railway stations, Rayne Station with its Booking Hall Café, Oak Meadow Nature Reserve and the local historic towns and villages en route.


Flitch Way extends from Braintree to Dunmow over 7.5 miles.

Let’s Pedal

Flitch Way begins next to the Station Approach car park at Braintree – look out for the blue signposts for NCN16.

The route is more or less straight and heads west. One and a quarter miles after the bridge, you will arrive at Rayne Station where refreshments and facilities are available.

After a little over three miles and after the Felsted Station signpost, the route descends to the road which you cross, turn right then left up a flight of steps to rejoin the route.

The main traffic-free route ends after one a half miles. You can extend your route by following the NCN16 signs through Great Dunmow travelling on a number of busy roads before rejoining the former railway line for a further 6 miles finishing near London Stansted airport. This second section has a rougher surface and can be very muddy at times.

Route Distance

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You will find a number of refreshment stops and public houses available along the route at:

Braintree, Rayne Station, Dunmow

Please note, not every refreshment stop is on the trail. Some are in the nearby villages. On trail refreshments can be found at:

Rayne Station


Toilets are located at:

Rayne Station for customers of the café.

Cycle Hire available at:

Flitch Bikes delivers to your location and serves the Dunmow and Braintree areas.

Tourist information available at:

Rayne Station.

How to get here

By Car

Flitch Way beginning at Braintree is accessible on the A131 north from Chelmsford or south from Sudbury.

From Colchester take the A120 west, or east from Bishop’s Stortford.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near to the cycle route at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
Station ApproachBraintreeCM7 3QL
Rayne Station Car ParkRayne, BraintreeCM77 6AB

By Cycle

Flitch Way is part of National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 16 from Little Braxted or Birchanger.

By Train



  • Distance (miles): 7.5
  • Distance (km): 12
  • Start: Braintree
  • Finish: Dunmow
  • Type: Disused railway line
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel
  • Sat Nav: CM7 3QL


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Flitch Bike Hire

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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