The Flitch Way

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The Flitch Way
  • Great Notley, Braintree, Essex CM77 7FS
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The Flitch Way is ideal for walking, cycling and even horse riding. Take in the picturesque Essex countryside while you follow a disused railway line, stretching for 15 miles between Braintree and Bishops Stortford.

The flat, well-maintained Flitch Way path is accessible to walkers with a range of mobility needs. It takes a full day to walk the 15 miles from Bishop’s Stortford and Braintree, but with many access points along the route and links to other paths, it's easy to plan the length of walk that suits you.

The Flitch Way offers perfect cycling for families. The eight miles from Braintree to Little Dunmow is traffic free, relatively flat and well surfaced. It offers the opportunity to explore and enjoy this activity in a safe environment. Ideal for beginners. Bring your own bikes.

A there-and-back ride of the Flitch Way is possible in a day, including a refreshment stop. The surface stays fairly good all year round, so the Flitch Way is a good bridleway for winter and autumn when others are knee deep in mud.

The Flitch Way also connects at Graunt Courts with a bridleway that links Blake End and Frenches Green.

Acting as a wildlife corridor, habitats along the Flitch Way include grassland, wildflower meadow, farmland, woodland and hedgerow. These habitats support diverse plants, mammals, birds and insects, including orchids, glow worms and butterflies.

Dunmow Cutting is an especially important area for wildlife, its south facing bank provides a superb environment for wildflowers, birds, butterflies and other insects.
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