Not a lot beats a hot August for getting out on the bike and enjoying oneself. Which is exactly what I’ve been doing this last couple of weekends, by mostly exploring Essex, which invariable entails a stop in Finchingfield. This picturesque village is quite the Mecca for bikers at weekends. With so many great country roads leading to and from it (see routes below), it’s no surprise.
Bosworth’s Tearooms Cafe still rustles up fine food, although did change ownership earlier this year which has led to some menu changes and price increases. Their ice cream kiosk is still very much welcomed on hot days when sweating like a pig in full leathers.
One of the things I really like about Finchingfield, is the wide variety of bikes that rock up there, especially on hot days as people bring out their fair weather toys, classics and exotica. Whether you like BMW S1000RR super sports, KTM supermoto’s, big adventure GS’s/Tigers, tourers, cruisers, classics, whatever – you can find them all here. Today we had at one end, a pair of immaculately restored Yamaha FS1E’s and the other end a Kawasaki H2!
At about 1 – 1.5 hours from London, whether you’re after an interesting destination or just a pit stop on a longer ride, then Finchingfield takes some beating.
Suggested routes for you to look up.
Epping High Beach Tea Hut -> Theydon Bois -> Abridge -> Stapleford Tawney -> Chipping Ongar -> Fyfield -> Hatfield Heath ->Hatfield Broad Oak -> Takeley -> Great Dunmow -> Great Bardfield -> Finchingfield
Routes beyond Finchingfield
Seasoned London commuter, doing my best to stay rubber side down and never stop moving forward.