Essex Castle

Saturday 24 Jul 2021Castle Park, Catchpool Rd., Colchester CO1 1YH25, 50 or 75 miles

This ride has now passed.

Thanks to all the riders who took part on Saturday, and thanks also to those riders who were able to raise funds for the partner charities!

A great day's cycling starting in Colchester, the ride offers three beautiful circular routes of 25, 50 or 75 miles, taking you along the quiet country lanes and through the picturesque villages of North Essex:

The King's Ride - 25 miles into the Stour Valley.
The Horses Ride - 50 miles to Castle Hedingham.
The Wall Ride - 75 miles to Finchingfield to take tea & cake in this picture postcard village.

The ride is NOT a race or sportive. If you wear clipless pedals please set them so they are easy to get out if you have to stop.
This event will be held in accordance with up to date Covid-safety advice from the Government, British Cycling and as advised in partnership with local statutory bodies.

We recommend that everyone taking part in one of our rides takes time to read the current How to Ride in a Group guide from British Cycling which you can read here.

Social distancing and other safety measures will be in place - full details will be emailed before the ride and updates can be seen on the Bike Events website here

‘75miles today with the #EssexCastles by @BikeEventsTeam . Absolutely brilliant and well organised event! Awesome ride :)’ C.J

‘Absolutely fantastic ride today - did the 75. So well signed ...and amazing route. Thanks’ O.W.

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Ride Details


Castle Park, Catchpool Rd., Colchester CO1 1YH


Castle Park, Catchpool Rd., Colchester CO1 1YH


25, 50 or 75 miles

Challenge rating

Long Route Med Route Short Route ELEVATION INFO (TOTAL CLIMB): 75 mile route 3300ft. / 50 mile route 2230ft. / 25 mile route 1025ft.

Start times

8.00am - 10.00am at a time to suit you


Entry Pack (£24.50)
Team Entry (Enter total no. required. Price per person) (£24.00)
Children's Entry (14 years and under) (£12.00)

Other info

Minimum age 12 on the 25 mile, 14 on the 50 mile and 16 on the 75 mile. Cyclists under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18.
Road bike / hybrid / mountain bike suitable.

It is recommended that all riders wear a helmet. A selection of helmets will be available for purchase on the day.
Get your bike checked and serviced before the ride
** We recommend that all riders have both bike and personal liability insurances as we cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of your bike or personal items or personal liability.**

GPX routes are available after online booking.

For answers to common queries about our rides, please see our ONLINE FAQs

Ride Gradings

Suitable for anyone who enjoys a reasonably active life. The pace is gentle and the terrain flat to undulating. Distances no more than 30 miles (50km).

Suitable for those with slightly more cycling experience. the terrain can be a little hillier than grade 1.5 and distances up to 45 miles (70km).

For the regular and reasonably fit cyclist. The terrain may include some challenging hills and distances up to 75 miles (110km).

These routes require a good level of fitness and stamina and feature challenging inclines and/or a longer time in the saddle. Distances can be up to 100 miles (160km).

Getting here by car

Parking is £2 all day - buy in advance to avoid queues on the day - please follow our signs to parking area. (access via Catchpool Road (off Cowdray Avenue).

Getting here by train

Colchester central train station is just half a mile away from the start. Please check with operator regarding carriage of bikes.
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484 950

Sorry, no photographer on this ride

You're welcome to raise money for one of the charities below (select when you book online) or for a charity of your choice (contact them after you've booked to arrange sponsorship).

CHARITIES - please contact us for information about how to get involved and for details of our Open Event fundraising packages

Whether stressed, depressed or in crisis, at Mid and North East Essex Mind we believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. With our services needed more than ever before we really appreciate your support. Find out more at
Charity reg. no. 1064309

Re-Cycle Bikes to Africa, receives used bikes and ships them to rural communities in Africa. Enriching the lives of those less fortunate, by giving them the independence of a bike really does change lives. Our bikes provide people with opportunities to gain new skills and sustainable income which enables them to invest in their own projects. Donating our bikes helps change lives, reduces the impact on landfill and makes for a cleaner environment.
Registered Charity No. 1063570