Interested in joining our Group Rides

New riders are always welcome. Our rides list is regularly updated see the ‘Upcoming Rides’ Section for details of the planned rides and where changes will be highlighted on red. We may make short notice changes to rides, if bad weather or changes of venue occur. If you are going to join our ride please call the Section Secretary so we can arrange to meet up with you and introduce you to the other riders. Wherever you ride be safe and take care, most importantly enjoy the lovely Essex countryside.

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North East Essex

  • We ride on: Tuesdays

Welcome to the North East Essex Section home page. We’re a friendly group with a love of cycling and the countryside around Essex and Suffolk. Our Tuesday rides are loosely centred on Colchester and Tiptree and visit places in Essex and Suffolk. Our rides are of a very social nature and the leaders avoid busy roads, as much as possible, so that quiet lanes and the countryside can be enjoyed. Sometimes there is a ‘culture stop’ during the ride to look at and appreciate a building or place of historical or other interest.

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Section Secretaries

John Pritchard
07805 848635
40plusNEEssex@gmail.com

We meet at a different venue for elevenses each week and ride as a group to a pub or café for lunch, after which we continue to a café for afternoon tea depending upon the weather and the riders present. There are regularly 15 to 20 riders most weeks and we divide into two groups, one slower group riding about 10mph and a quicker group riding at about 12mph covering a slightly longer route to the same venue.

New members are always made welcome and the pace of the ride is controlled so everyone can keep together. If a rider has a puncture or mechanical breakdown, we stop and there is usually plenty of help and assistance to get them going quickly.

If you feel that you would like to try a ride with the North East Essex Section, you are warmly invited to meet us on the day at the appointed meeting place. For more details see our Tuesday rides list or phone the Secretary.

Additionally, from 1st February 2024 we will have a new group on Thursday mornings riding from Olivers Garden Centre at Witham. The group will leave from the carpark at 09.30 and return around 12.30, the route varying but will include a coffee stop.

Upcoming Rides

The following applies to each ride unless otherwise stated within the individual ride information:

  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Principal leader: John Pritchard
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 18 Apr
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Fox In The Sables, Gosfield
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Ian Whiteside
  • Lunch: Axe & Compasses, Aythorpe Roding
  • Tea: Rayne Station Cafe
Tue 23 Apr
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Principal leader: John Pritchard
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 25 Apr
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: The Sandwich Bar, Kelvedon
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Des McCarron
  • Lunch: b Barn Cafe, Assington
Tue 30 Apr
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Principal leader: John Pritchard
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 02 May
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Mill Race Cafe, Aldham
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: John Pritchard
  • Lunch: The Bell, Tolleshunt Major
Tue 07 May
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Principal leader: John Pritchard
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 09 May
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Blackhorse Cafe, Earls Colne
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Jack Fryer
  • Lunch: Box River Cafe, Boxford
Tue 14 May
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Principal leader: John Pritchard
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 16 May
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Perrywoods, Tiptree
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Roger Hunt
  • Lunch: b Fox & Hounds, Cock Clarkes
Tue 21 May
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Principal leader: John Pritchard
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 23 May
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Stanway Garden Centre
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Richard Strictland
  • Lunch: b The Flying Guardsman, Hadleigh
Tue 28 May
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Principal leader: John Pritchard
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 30 May
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Blackhorse Cafe, Earls Colne
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Joe Austin
  • Lunch: Aingers Green, Gt Bentley, Barn Cafe
Tue 04 Jun
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Principal leader: John Pritchard
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 06 Jun
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Greenstead Green, Post Office
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Jack Fryer
  • Lunch: The Crown, Acton
Tue 11 Jun
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Principal leader: John Pritchard
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 13 Jun
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Mill Race Cafe, Aldham
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Richard Strickland
  • Lunch: a. Oranges & Lemons, East Bergholt
Tue 18 Jun
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Principal leader: John Pritchard
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 20 Jun
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Cressing Temple
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Philip Martin
  • Lunch: Haverhill, Drabbet Smock
Tue 25 Jun
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Principal leader: John Pritchard
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 27 Jun
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