||There are many options for routes which you can choose. Some of my favourites are
Follow the seafront, head up through the centre of Leigh, but bypass it using the roads Pall Mall and Western Road, then cross the A13 to bypass Hadleigh to head towards the Woodman's junction on Rayleigh road (the A129) via Dawes Heath Road, then follow the A129 to Rayleigh town centre.
Follow the A13 then the A129. This is the quickest, but also the busiest and has the most delays because of traffic lights.
Head to Southend Airport, then use Eastwoodbury Lane and White House Road to get to Eastwood Road (A1015). Follow this into Rayleigh.
Head to Southend Airport, then follow the road through Rochford and Ashingdon. Turn right down Lower Road to head for Hullbridge. This road can be either the most pleasant or more uncomfortable, depending on the time of day as it is a 60mph country road that can be quite busy. If you take this route (as I probably would) then after Hullbridge turn right down Watery Lane and head to Battlesbridge instead of Rayleigh.
||From Rayleigh Town Centre follow the A129 down Crown Hill and past the station. Take the first right after the railway bridge (Down Hall Road). At the end turn left, then at the mini roundabout turn left to follow Rawreth Lane to the A1245 (Was the A130)
If you don't feel comfortable turning right onto a main road then right immediately after, then immediately before the Traffic lights at the A1245 turn right then get off and walk through the gap in the hedge and along the pavement for 200 yards. To be honest there isn't a major problem with using the road here, but it can be easier and quicker to walk on the pavement here rather than wait for the lights.
Take the old road through Battlesbridge to get to Rettondon Turnpike (junction of A130, A1245 and A132).
||At the second roundabout of Rettendon Turnpike take the 3rd exit to head for South Woodham Ferrers via Woodham Road. As you get to South Woodham Ferrers take the first exit from the roundabout (Willow Grove). After half a mile, when you get to the farmyard, turn right down Workhouse Lane. At the end go straight across the staggered crossroads.
After 1.1 miles take the first left. After 0.6 miles take the first right and go through the farmyard. After 0.7 miles turn left onto Flambards Chase and follow through to the end where you will turn left onto the main road.
At Cock Clarks turn right at the left hand bend. Take the second left (Lodge Lane). At the end turn right onto the B1010 and follow it until you reach the B1018 where you turn left for Maldon. Be careful here as you are likley to meet your first car since South Woodham Ferrers. Although not a major road this can be a little busy.
If it seems busy today then you can go across the staggered crossroads, and then left at the next. This will also take you to Maldon.
||Follow the B1018 to Maldon. At the first roundabout go straight across into the town centre. When the road bends sharp left after about a mile, turn right into the High Street. Turn left at the mini-roundabout heading for Heybridge.
You now pick up the B1022, which you follow for some miles. Go though Great Totham, Tiptree, and just keep heading for Colchester. Just after Heckford Bridge turn left down Warren Lane (signposted towards the A12)
At every mini-roundabout go straight ahead until you reach the mini-roundabout with London Road. Turn right, then left at the next. Take the second right (Peace Road) and follow it until the end. Turn left, and follow the bridge over the A12. Turn right onto Chits Hill.
||Follow the road until you reach a staggered cross roads with Colchester Road. Turn left and then right.
Follow this road, but do not miss the 3rd right (Tog Lane) on the left hand bend. It is narrow and I missed it. If you do miss it then when you get to the main road turn right which brings you back to the crossroads and you can turn left.
At the end of Tog Lane go straight across the crossroads with the main road (A134) and follow the road towards Boxted. Take the 3rd left, Church Street. Follow this down the hill, over the river and then turn right at the T Junction.
||Follow the B1068 through Higham, then take the next left to cut through to the B1070 just above Holton St Mary.
Turn left onto the B1070, then take the first right towards Great Wenham. Follow this road until you reach Washbrook (but look out for the deer in Wenham Thicks). Go left and right over the staggered crossroads, through the village, then turn left at the T Junction.
At the top of the hill you turn right at the roundabout and go over the A45. Take the first left (Hadleigh Road) and follow this through to the centre of Ipswich.
||Turn left onto the A1214. Then follow it left at the next set of lights. The A1214 then becomes unsigned, so follow the signs for the A12 Woodbridge
After the long climb uphill go straight through both crossroads, and then turn left at the roundabout onto the B1077. I was surprised at how little traffic I encountered on this road considering I was here at half past five on a Friday night, and it is the only main road out of Ipswich in this direction.
After 4.1 miles bear right onto the High Road, signposted for Swilland. Go through and turn right at the crossroads with the B1078.
Follow the B1078 until you cross over the A12. Then follow the B1078 and B1069 to Snape. On my journey I turned left immediately after the A12 to follow the minor roads through Blaxhall, however these roads were extremely sandy, gritty and not too nice to ride. The main B roads, which I used on my return were almost as traffic free and much better condition.
In Snape, turn right at the first crossroads and follow the byroad through to the B1094. Although I had heard that this road could be busy, it had very little traffic when I rode it so I followed it to the B1069 where I turned left to Leiston. Once in Leiston I turned right through the town (Cross Street) and followed this road down to Sizewell.