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
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 25 Jul
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Ulting, Peartree Pantry
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Richard Strickland
  • Lunch: West Bergholt, Queens Head
  • Tea: Coggeshall, Bakelious
Tue 30 Jul
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 01 Aug
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Tiptree, Perrywoods
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Aydin Ercevik
  • Lunch: Great Waltham, Rose & Crown [b]
  • Tea: Rayne Station Cafe
Tue 06 Aug
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 08 Aug
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Gosfield, Fox in the Stable
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Ian Whiteside
  • Lunch: Long Melford, The Hare Inn [b]
  • Tea: Earls Colne, Blackhorse Cafe
Tue 13 Aug
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 15 Aug
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Aldham, Mill Race Garden Centre
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Roger Hunt
  • Lunch: Goldhanger, The Chequers
  • Tea: Lt Braxted, The Bakery
Tue 20 Aug
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 22 Aug
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Kelvedon, Sandwich Bar
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Chris Stoker
  • Lunch: Runsell Green, The Anchor
  • Tea: Witham, Olivers Nursery
Tue 27 Aug
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 29 Aug
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Witham, Olivers Nursery
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Neil Bygrave
  • Lunch: Aythorpe Roding, Axe & Compasses [b]
  • Tea: Cressing, Temple Barns
Tue 03 Sep
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 05 Sep
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Tiptree, Jam Factory
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Philip Martin
  • Lunch: West Mersea, Waldegraves Granary
  • Tea: Osea View Tearoom
Tue 10 Sep
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 12 Sep
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Aldham, Mill Race Garden Centre
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Richard Strickland
  • Lunch: Assington Country Kitchen
  • Tea: Earls Colne, Colne Valley Golf Club
Tue 17 Sep
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 19 Sep
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Stanway, Wyevale Garden Centre
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Principal leader: Joe Austin
  • Lunch: Groton, Fox & Hounds
  • Tea: Ford St, Shoulder of Mutton
Tue 24 Sep
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 26 Sep
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Kelvedon, Sandwich Bar
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Bures, The Eight Bells
  • Tea: Coggeshall, Bakelious
Tue 01 Oct
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 03 Oct
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Tiptree, Jam Factory
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Cock Clarks, Fox & Hounds
  • Tea: Ulting, Peartree Pantry
Tue 08 Oct
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 10 Oct
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Earls Colne, Blackhorse Cafe
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Heybridge Basin, The Jolly Sailor
  • Tea: Cressing, Temple Barns
Tue 15 Oct
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 17 Oct
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Aldham, Mill Race Garden Centre
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Peldon, The Peldon Rose Inn
  • Tea: Osea View Tearoom
Tue 22 Oct
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 24 Oct
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Ulting, Peartree Pantry
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Chappel, The Swan Inn
  • Tea: Leader's Choice
Tue 29 Oct
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 31 Oct
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Earls Colne, Blackhorse Cafe
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: White Notely, Cross Keys [b]
  • Tea: Leader's Choice
Tue 05 Nov
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 07 Nov
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Witham, Olivers Nursery
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Fordham Heath, Cricketers
  • Tea: Leader's Choice
Tue 12 Nov
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 14 Nov
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Stanway, Stanway Garden Centre
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Gt Leighs, The Castle
  • Tea: Leader's Choice
Tue 19 Nov
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 21 Nov
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Greenstead Green, PO
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Kelvedon, The Railway Tavern
  • Tea: Leader's Choice
Tue 26 Nov
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 28 Nov
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Cressing, Temple Barns
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Tolleshunt Major, The Bell
  • Tea: Leader's Choice
Tue 03 Dec
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 05 Dec
More info
  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Tiptree, Perrywoods
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Christmas Lunch, Colne Valley Golf Club
  • Tea: Leader's Choice
Tue 10 Dec
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 12 Dec
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Wickham Bishops, Mrs Salisbury's
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Littley Green, The Compasses
  • Tea: Leader's Choice
Tue 17 Dec
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Thursday Coffee
  • Meet: Olivers Garden Centre Carpark, Witham
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Elevenses: TBD by leader
Thu 19 Dec
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Witham, Wetherspoons
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Woodham Mortimer, The Hurdlemakers
  • Tea: Leader's Choice
Tue 24 Dec
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  • Section: North East Essex
  • Group: Tuesday Riders
  • Meet: Tiptree, Perrywoods
  • Departure time: 10:30 am
  • Lunch: Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Queens Head
  • Tea: Leader's Choice
Tue 31 Dec
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