Wags and Fens Route MapWe cycled from Hackney to Cambridge yesterday. Of the 105km, the first 15km or so were through the suburbs (including Chigwell, where footballers buy their mansions). From there, our friend Ian showed us a route through beautiful, wide-open country spaces and little Essex villages.

We stopped for coffee at The White Horse in Hatfield Heath – the village tea rooms nearby were also crowded with cyclists.

Last night’s storm was beginning to brew while were were out, but we had the wind at our back most of the way.


You can download the route from RideWithGPS here.

Elevation chart
Elevation chart

Published by Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and

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