National Route 13 of the National Cycle Network connects London with Dereham. You'll pass through East London close to the Thames.

Setting off from Tower Bridge the route passes through East London close to the Thames.

It then heads north from Tilbury to Chelmsford in Essex. A

fter a stretch on National Route 1 (also part of EuroVelo 2) National Route 13 resumes at Colchester and continues north.

The route is described here from Tower Bridge to Dereham.


Splitting this route up into smaller sections

This route can be explored in four separate sections.

1. Tower Bridge to Grays /Tilbury

Sticking relatively close to the north bank of the Thames heading eastwards, Route 13 passes through Albert Dock and Rainham Marshes on its way to Grays and Tilbury.

The short open sections are almost entirely traffic-free.

2. Tilbury to Colchester

The route now heads north from Coalhouse Fort on the Thames to Colchester.

There are open sections consisting of a mainly traffic-free stretch through Basildon and an on-road route from the northern edge of Billericay into Chelmsford.

3. Colchester to Thetford

This section is almost entirely on-road, except for the traffic-free Valley Walk alongside Sudbury and the route through Bury St Edmunds.

The route is incomplete between Bures and Sudbury but the local Bures Loop A2 links the two settlements.

4. Thetford to Dereham

The route is fully open and almost entirely on-road through Watton and Dereham.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

Route 13 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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