Cycling is a vey popular leisure activity in the Dengie Hundred as
the area is comparatively flat and rural providing interesting,
healthy and easy cycling.
Cycle Racing and Cycle Clubs
The area is home to Maldon
and District Cycling Club who's members are often seen
practicing and at weekends holding time trials.
Races are regularly held on the local roads.
Professional rider, Alex Dowsett, who rides for the Katusha–Alpecin World
Pro Team still lives in the area having learnt his trade riding on
the local roads.
Alex Dowsett and Scott Cousins riding on the Bradwell Road.
Photo copyright Gary Sanders
Given the rural area many of the roads are narrow which means that
cyclist must take care when a car approaches especially if beginners
or children are in the party.
There are a few cycle lanes in Burnham but there are none anywhere
else in the area.
Essex County Council have an excellent cycling route called the Two
Rivers Way. which is 25 miles long. However it is suitable for
breaking down into small parts to suit all abilities. The route
takes in most of the picturesque villages in this area.
Click here to
visit the Two Rivers Way map.
Safety Advice from Essex County Council
· Make sure you are aware of all other road users whilst you
· Remember to look behind before you make any manoeuvre;
· Give clear signals of intent to other road users;
· Look out for worn brake blocks or badly adjusted brakes;
· Make sure tyres are inflated with a good tread and no bald
· Wear something reflective at night time, or florescent
during the day;
· Make sure reflectors and lights are fitted and working
· Make sure your cycle helmet conforms to safety standards:
· Your helmet should fit properly and always have the chin
· Renew your helmet immediately if you are involved in an
accident, have a fall or it gets badly scratched, dropped or