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There are plenty of places to see and visit in Essex. Whether you love hiking or cycling, Essex is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions in Essex

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    1

    Mott Street

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Number 26 of the UK's top 100 Climbs

    Just North of London in the county of Essex lies High Beach and the climb of Mott Sreet.

    Studying the topography, it's …

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    2

    Epping forest

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    This section of Epping New Road is the main way to access Essex but it's unpleasant to ride on with 'road' wheels as the surface is chip 'n tar, the …

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    Al
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    3

    The Blue Egg

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Blue Egg cafe. Excellent food, lots of choice if you are coeliac, including beans on toast & cake. Warm welcome with bike parking.

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    4

    Manningtree

    Hiking Highlight

    Manningtree is England's smallest town, according to its residents. Don’t let that fool you into thinking there’s nothing here, though. Situated on a wildlife-rich estuary, and hailed as the gateway …

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    5

    St Mary's Church

    Hiking Highlight

    This church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin in 1492 when the present building was begun, is not the first church to have been built upon this site. There has …

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    Mareike
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    6

    Finchingfield

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Lovey village in Essex. Perfect place to plan a stop on a long bike ride. There are several pub and tea room around the green where you can get refreshments

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    7

    Gunpowder Park

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Nice track across the park. clean and not muddy. Always quiet

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    Sebastien
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    8

    Wake Road across Sunshine Plain

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Very quiet country road with very little traffic. A good cut through on your way out towards the Essex countryside.

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    Josse M
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    9

    Fun rolling hills

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    This section is really fun, with smooth rolling hills that are easy to pedal up. A really nice cruising road with green fields either side.

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    10

    Norton Heath Cafe

    Road Cycling Highlight

    A really popular haunt for cyclists in a beautiful, rural part of the region, this cafe has loads of space for bikes and gladly welcomes cyclists. The breakfasts are delicious …

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    emmie c
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    11

    St Andrew's Church

    Hiking Highlight

    St Andrew's is said to be the oldest wooden church in the world. However, there is some debate about its exact age. According to Historic England, parts of the church …

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    12

    Snug Cafe

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Great little cafe, plenty of seating and good selection of food and drinks

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    James
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    13

    Lea Valley

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    So close to London - so nice and quiet!

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    Esa
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    14

    Green Hut High Beech

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Generally a nice place, just too many cars. It is basically a car park. Good fruit cake at the coffee place.

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    T1pkp
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    15

    Winding lanes

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    This beautiful winding lane takes you through farmers fields before dropping you in the cute town of Moreton. A cyclist friendly place for a mid ride pitstop and drink at …

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    Laura
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    16

    The Original Tea Hut cafe

    Road Cycling Highlight

    A real institution that's been around for more than 80 years. Great spot, popular haunt with cyclists (and motorbike riders), quiet roads that lead you here. Open daily from 9-5.

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    emmie c
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    17

    Audley End House

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Can walk around the gardens,great in the summer

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    Sam
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    18

    Saffron Walden

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Lovely old market town. It’s wealth created from growing saffron from crocus during the medieval period. A fantastic selection of cafes including a bike shop that does excellent coffee

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    19

    The River Colne

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    The River Colne flows through Colchester and the Essex countryside on its way to the sea. There's a nice riverside path which is great for cycling. The river runs 39 miles (62 km) in total.

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    Amy
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    20

    'High Beach Bumps' and 'Downhill Rush'

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    Twisting through the trees, these trails certainly live up to their names! These are some of the best single-track trails in the forest, enjoy!

    As these trails are pretty natural, …

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    doublej

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