Family cycling on footway under brick bridge.

About

The Flitch Way stretches almost 15 miles along the track of the former railway line between Braintree and Bishop's Stortford which opened in 1869.  Although the last passenger train ran in 1952, goods continued to be carried until the end of 1971.  Most of the track was removed in 1972 with the final stretch towards the Bishops's Stortford end going in 1974.

Today, the flat, relatively straight and well-surfaced route is a favourite with joggers, cyclists, dog-walkers, families, and in some sections - horse riders - looking to escape the traffic.

There are a number of interesting sites along the way, including Victorian railway stations, Hatfield Forest, Great Notley Country Park, Rayne Station with its Booking Hall Café and Railway Carriage Museum, and several historic towns and villages.

A variety of landscapes and habitats can be found along the Flitch Way ranging from open stretches affording views of farmland on either side of the track to enclosed areas such as the Dunmow Cutting.

Why is it called the Flitch Way? The name comes from the medieval Flitch wedding ceremony, held in Little Dunmow, in which the local monks gave a side of bacon (a flitch)  to any newly married couples who lasted a year and a day without arguing.

Map & Directions

Cycle the Flitch Way

Type:Cycle Route

BRAINTREE, Essex, CM77 6AB

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