WHY ESSEX?

Boasting spectacular countryside, historic towns and villages, fantastic transport links to London & the South East and warm-hearted locals who famously welcomed the Tour de France with such passion and enthusiasm in 2014, we couldn’t have picked a better location for a Vélo Series event if we tried.

We’re calling on all riders travelling from outside the county to make a weekend of Vélo Essex and explore everything this magnificent county has to offer.

Find out more below and start planning a weekend to remember in Essex!

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT

From ancient woodlands, open fields, glorious gardens and picture-perfect historic villages to one of the country’s newest cities and 350 miles of creative coastline, there’s so much to explore in Essex! Not to mention world-famous food, award-winning attractions and welcoming accommodation. All less than 60 minutes from London, with great transport links to the continent and beyond.

Things to do

The Vélo Essex 2020 route passes through the chocolate box village of Finchingfield, said to be the most photographed village in England. Pick up some great bargains at Braintree Village Designer outlet or enjoy a flutter at Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Further afield, visit Southend, home to the world’s longest pleasure pier or beautiful Constable Country.

Essex Heritage

Essex has a colourful history and lasting heritage, from boasting Britain’s first city, Roman Colchester, to some of the first pilgrims to set foot in America. We love to celebrate culture and tradition with exciting events including the Dunmow Flitch Trials, Maldon Mud Race and Mayflower400 all taking place this year.

Vélo Essex passes through Saffron Walden; this market town boasts the largest turf labyrinth in Europe! Visit the grand stately home at nearby Audley End, the oldest known timber-framed barns at Cressing or medieval Thaxted, one of the quaint villages built on the wealth of the once-thriving cloth trade.

Where to eat

Essex is proudly home to internationally renowned Tiptree Jam who have a collection of cafes serving their delicious treats across the county. Not to mention Maldon sea salt, the world-famous oysters of Maldon and Mersea and award-winning vineyards. Cosy pubs, buzzing bars and Michelin-starred restaurants to suit every taste! Find out more here.

Accommodation

Sleep under the stars at one of our glamping sites, hire a barge, stay overnight in a plush spa hotel, indulge in a gatehouse getaway, or get to know the locals in a friendly B&B; the accommodation options are endless. We have options to suit all budgets, each promising to make a memorable short break.