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.
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.
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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:
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:
How to get here
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.
Pay and Display parking available near to the cycle route at these locations:
|Station Approach||Braintree||CM7 3QL|
|Rayne Station Car Park||Rayne, Braintree||CM77 6AB|
Flitch Way is part of National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 16 from Little Braxted or Birchanger.
Flitch Bike Hire
Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.
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