The Colchester Orbital

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 origins, aims and full route details

The Orbital walk guides, in 3 sections: East, South and West (coming shortly!). A and B routes refer to alternative route sections

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

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!

Mapping our paths, trails, parks and green open spaces