Cycling Guides

Cycling Through a Masterpiece - FREE downloads

The Stour Valley is an exciting and beautiful landscape that has captured people’s imagination for centuries. ‘Cycling through a Masterpiece’ provides a number of interesting routes through the Stour Valley which take you to numerous locations of historical importance and past enchanting views. The routes are also designed to enable the keen cyclist to link them together easily to create a truly challenging ride.

Many of the points of interest are open to the public and we strongly recommend that you check for opening times before you set out in order to get the most out of your ride

Painters Trail - FREE download - a 69mile/111km circular route between Manningtree and Sudbury. Please note this guide is over 10-years old so although the map and information is generally accurate there will be errors.


  • Ensure your bike is in good working order before you set off on your trip.
  • Go well equipped. Take a mobile phone, a puncture repair kit and pump, a first aid kit and refreshments.
  • Be seen, wear high visibility clothing.
  • Ride in single fi le on busy roads.
  • Be aware of, and follow the Highway Code
  • Wear a cycle helmet.
  • Let other road users know your intentions – give clear hand signals.
  • Listen out for other traffic and be considerate of other road users, pedestrians and horses.


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