Approximately 14-15 miles in length, the Colchester Orbital is a circular walk/cycle route around the periphery of the town, taking advantage of and connecting some of its loveliest green spaces and off-road pathway networks. The route follows existing public rights of way, linking with cycle paths wherever possible, and aims to appeal to the widest range of users.
The project is supported by a number of local organizations concerned with green issues (see Aims and Objectives), by Colchester Green Party and by Colchester Borough Council (it is now incorporated within the CBC Draft Local Plan, 2017-2032).
An interactive map of the Orbital (expand to full-size for menu functions)
The Orbital walk guides, in 3 sections: East, South and West (coming shortly!). A and B routes refer to alternative route sections
- The Orbital East (A & B) walk guide, with images (PDF)
- The Orbital South (A & B) walk guide, with images (PDF)
- The Orbital West( A & B) walk guide, with images (PDF)
Note! This is a work in progress; the (final) west side guide will follow shortly.
The Orbital East image libraries
Route auditing and ongoing work
- Audit of barriers to inclusive access along the Orbital (e.g. kissing gates, stiles etc), for potential improvement, replacement or removal (Note: barriers are marked red on the Orbital map)
Cycling the Orbital
Wherever possible the Orbital connects with cycle routes. A future task is to map these points of overlap fully, indicating route alternatives where the two diverge. In the meantime, Orbital cyclists may find the following map useful…
Become a ‘Friend of the Colchester Orbital’
If you would like to to receive updates on the project progress or to get involved, please contact us!