A scenic road with good bends and few police visits and avoids Tiptree. If you must go via Tiptree, then as you leave the town and come to the crossroads for Gt Braxted, take the left immediately after for Tolleshunt, this will link you via Bakers Green to the 1066 and is a ride worth taking on it's own. Alternatively, earlier in the ride from Colchester, leave the 1022 following signs for Layer Breton and follow these across Abberton Reservoir to join the 1066. Off the B1026 as you near Maldon is Heybridge and just before you hit Heybridge proper, look out for the sign to Heybridge Basin (it's hard to spot). Take a ride to the very end (ignore the free car park, keep going), where there's two pubs and a tearoom, great views across the river and for those boaty types, a lock where you'll find yachts and floating nautical things. The food at the Old Ship is standard pub fayre, I've not tried the other pub's food...yet. The cream teas are a reason to take a seat and kick back a while, but remember leathers aren't as forgiving as fabric, so choose your riding attire to suit your indulgence level. Lamble.
Short but sweet. Tight and twisty run alongside the river Crouch. 'The Cabin Dairy', a biker friendly cafe in the area.
A mixture of slow villages and some really nice country riding. Surface can be a little bumpy and visibility not so great in places but there are a few really nice corners on this route. The decent sections are around Little Sampford.
There's a nice bit of variety on this stretch to keep you interested, however as there are some blind blends and this is tractor country, you need to stay focused
parts of the road have recently been resurfaced, lovely road, theres usually quite a few other bikers on it aswell.