Cycling in Hatfield Forest

Mountain bikers cycling in the Holnicote Estate in Somerset

Hatfield Forest provides several kilometres of tracks along the open plains and through the rides separating the coppices, allowing you to explore the further reaches of the Forest.

There's nothing better on a lovely sunny day than getting out on a bike and exploring the many different tracks through this most ancient of Forests.  A mountain bike or hybrid is recommended.

With over 1,000 acres and kilometres of grassy tracks, there's no excuse for not getting a little lost in the quieter parts of the Forest.

For the more adventurous, try The Flitch Way which runs along the northern boundary. This is a disused railway track which runs from Start Hill eastwards towards Dunmow and then onto Braintree. Alternatively, leave the Forest and explore the adjoining villages on the quiet country roads - Takeley, Hatfield Broad Oak, Little and Great Hallingbury and Little Canfield. Stop off at a village pub or cafe and enjoy some well-earned refreshment.

Many of the routes are closed in wet conditions and all winter. Please take a look at this Hatfield Forest cycling map which shows the parts of the Forest open for cycling.