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Route 16

Route 16 – Section 1

Route Details


  • Stansted to Great Totham - 34 miles
  • Type: Quiet roads and traffic free paths

Route Description

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.

Maps and leaflets

Stansted to Braintree via Great Dunmow is mapped on the free Flitch Way leaflet, available from Essex Ranger Services. Note – follow Route 16 cycle signs through Great Dunmow.

Braintree & Witham town centres cycle map.

Things to see and do

Route 16 - Section 2

Route Details

• Southend-on-Sea to Shoeburyness - 6 miles
• Type: Quiet roads and traffic free paths

Route Description

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.

Maps and leaflets

Southend-on-Sea to Shoeburyness is mapped on the free "Southend-on-Sea Cycle Map", available from Southend BC, tel: 01702 215321 or download from Southend BC website.

Things to see and do

  • Pier Museum, Southend
  • Sea Life Adventure Centre, Southend
  • East Beach and Shoebury Common Beach (also known as West Beach), both Blue Flag beaches
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Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.

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.

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