A remote countryside edged on three sides by water - two rivers and the sea - and a great expanse of sky, sea and marshland. Inhabited by man since the iron age, the Romans built forts and homes and the Saxons gave the area its name. The history of The Dengie was shaped by the surrounding sea, the marshes and rich farmland. And...England's oldest church (built 654AD), a nature reserve, traditional Thames barges in the estuary...
We will start from either Wickford or Woodham Ferrers depending on the group's inclinations and the weather on the day, and then cycle eastwards with one or two diversions to take a look at the Blackwater estuary. Then after lunch at Bradwell-on-Sea (marina cafe bar/pub/picnic as you prefer) we'll visit St Peter's chapel right on the bleak east coast, before heading across the marshes and farmland for tea at the yachting mecca of Burnham-on-Crouch (and as in "nice bit of posh from" for those old enough to remember Ian Dury). Then it's home on the train.
Train from Liverpool St, around £7.50 return with group save 4 discount. Buy a return ticket to Southminster for flexibility (same price as to Burnham). About 40 miles riding, easy pace.
Meet at Liverpool Street station outside ticket office at 08.50 in time to get tickets for 09.15 to Southend Victoria. Get off the train at Wickford, where we either change trains or start riding. Alternatively catch the same train from Stratford at 09.22, but note that there may not be a ride leader there so you will need to look for other cyclists if you want a group save ticket!
Upcoming rides & events
Our rides are highlighted by "RIDE". You don't have to be a member to join in and we're also always looking for new ride ideas. Contact our Rides Co-ordinator for further information.
There is no need to register beforehand for a ride unless this is specifically stated, most rides are "turn up and go".
Please note that for train assisted rides we often cannot publish times until about 2 weeks beforehand because of the need to check engineering works. Also sometimes our ride leaders do have to change dates/times/routes at reasonably short notice. Generally this website will be up to date and also details will be sent out to our email groups, but if in doubt contact the ride leader or our rides co-ordinator to check arrangements.