National Route 16 of the National Cycle Network is currently in two sections. The first section connects Route 13 near Stansted via Great Dunmow, Braintree and Witham and continues to the intersection of Route 1 near Great Totham. The second section will connect Basildon with Shoeburyness, near Southend-on-Sea.

National Route 16 intersects with National Route 1, National Route 13, and Regional Route 50. 

Route 16 starts at the intersection with Route 13 at Birchanger near Stansted. The route heads south-east on bridle paths from the village of Birchanger near Stansted to join a traffic-free railway path known as the Flitch Way. 

The route follows the disused railway path along the northern edge of the ancient royal hunting grounds of Hatfield Forest, through Takeley (intersection with National Route 50) until Great Dunmow where it deviates through the town centre before re-joining the Flitch Way using a local byway. Further along the path, Rayne station has been converted to a café and there is also a museum of the Flitch Way (open most weekends) housed in a railway carriage.

The Flitch Way finishes at Braintree Station and the route heads in a generally southerly direction mainly on cycle paths or quiet roads through Great Notley to Witham and then to an intersection with Route 1 near Great Totham where the route terminates.

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A short section is also open between Southend-on-Sea and Shoeburyness. This part of the route takes you along the seafront, past the seaside resort of Westcliff-on-Sea with views out over the Thames Estuary.

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 16 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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