To say Essex HQ are looking forward to the arrival of the Tour De France in Essex is an understatement for sure. I have been checking for the official Tour De France Essex Route for months, waiting for the final details to be announced. It will not only be coming to my home county, but to my home town, and actually right past the school and pre-school my daughters attend.  This is a huge, once in a lifetime, event.  Le Tour came to the UK in 2007, and may return again in my lifetime, but I’m pretty sure this may be the only opportunity I may have to see it fly though the beautiful Essex countryside, and for me that is amazing.

Tour De France Essex RouteTour De France Essex Route

On the morning on Monday July 7th Le Tour will leave Cambridge and fly into Essex via Saffron Walden. Here they will find a family fun day in full swing on the common with big screens showing the whole race and, im sure, a real party atmosphere. The race will then make its way through the quant village of Finchingfield, where the Fox Inn has a hog roast and picnics available on the village green and a VIP package that includes a Champagne breakfast in your own private viewing area. After leaving here the riders will pass through Rayne on their way to the rather charming village of Felsted.  Here there will be another party in full swing with Felsted School offering a family fun day, big screens, toilets and refreshments. On leaving Felsted race heads towards the city of Chelmsford before heading out through the beautiful village of Roxwell. Here may prove to be the most exciting part of  the Tour De France Essex Route as it contains not one but THREE 90 degree turns for the riders to contend with. After negotiating the hairpin turns its up through Fyfield and onwards to Epping High Street before heading into Epping Forest. The route though the forest  marks the end of the Tour De France Essex Route as the riders head into London to make their way to the grand finish along The Mall to Buckingham Palace.

Tour De France Essex Route – Road Closures

Roads affected by the route will be closed for most of the day, while those nearby are expected to see more traffic than usual. Roads leading to the route will be ‘access only’, meaning you can travel on them but not onto the Tour de France route. Roads along the route will be closed from:

  • Uttlesford and Braintree: 7.30am to 4pm
  • Chelmsford: 8am to 5pm
  • Epping Forest north of the A414: 8am to 5pm
  • Epping Forest south of, and including, the A414: 9am to 5pm

Tour De France Essex Route – Race Timetable (approx times)

  • Saffron Walden 12.50
  • Finchingfield 1.10pm
  • Rayne 1.30pm
  • Felsted 1.40pm
  • Chelmsford 2pm
  • Roxwell 2.05pm
  • Fyfield 2.20pm
  • Epping/Epping Forest 2.40pm

About 90 minutes before these times there will be a procession going through each village getting the crowds warmed up and giving away Tour De France memorabilia.

No matter where you choose to stand along the Tour De France Essex Route, I am sure that we will all come together to show off the best of British charm while this truly French affair is in town. And I for one am VERY excited.

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  1. Louisa Hennessy on June 27, 2014 at 12:28 pm said:

    It’s very exciting isn’t it? And how fab that it’s going past your children’s schools. My husband works for the NHS in Epping and it’s proving to be a logistical nightmare with all roads closed from 7.30 am onwards, but he’s still excited too :-)


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