Our plans are advanced and the beginnings of an approximately 8.2km of all-weather cycle path which will link the communities of Coggeshall and Earls Colne is underway. The new cycle path will provide a new recreational activity for visitors to and through the Estate and enhance our place in the leisure and recreational opportunities for our local and regional communities.

The free to use route will include a 2.5km loop around the outside of the Arboretum featuring new interpretation points and will make use of the existing Second World War concrete roads, linking with the Visitor Centre and Orchard Kitchen, where new cycle stands will be provided. The cycle path will be permissive (with the consent of Markshall Estate and Earls Colne Business Park). As part of the project, we will need to hard surface more than 2km of cycle path using granite or limestone chipping.

The project is involving our local community and several local authorities overseen by Essex County Council. It is being planned to The National Cycle Network standards. It will be safe and will encourage a sense of adventure to explore Markshall Estate and lead to routes and pathways round Essex. We welcome your support to bring this development to reality.

  • Creating the cycle path
  • Work in progress
  • Clearing the route

The cycle path will:

  • Provide a new year-round recreational activity for visitors to Markshall Estate, enabling them to better enjoy the landscape and natural habitats it provides for wildlife
  • Enable local people to access Markshall Estate more easily, and to travel between Coggeshall and Earls Colne
  • Enable those living locally and working at Earls Colne Business Park to commute to work by bike safely, relieving traffic congestion particularly along the busy B1024 Earls Colne to Coggeshall Road
  • Provide benefits for health and wellbeing
  • Encourage uptake of sustainable means of transport