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Norfolk is home to over 90-miles of unspoilt coastline, beautiful countryside, the Broads National Park, forests, heathland, and picturesque market towns. With so much on offer this diverse county is an ideal holiday destination, but have you ever considered cycling in Norfolk? Whether youâ€™re looking for gentle family-friendly trails or adrenaline-fueled mountain biking weâ€™ve listed our top 5 destinations for cycling in Suffolk and Norfolk to get you started.
First on our list is the Norfolk Coast Cycleway, spanning across 59-miles from Kingâ€™s Lynn to Great Yarmouth. Offering breath-taking scenery, the Norfolk Coast Cycleway passes through towns such as Wells-next-the-Sea, Cromer, and Mundesley, all appointed an Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB). This route follows the Sustrans National Cycle Network (NCN) and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities due to its gentle hills and quiet lanes.
View of Mundesley in North Norfolk.
Next on our list is the Broads by Bike network consisting of 16 circular routes, 9 of which take in views of the northern Broads area. The remaining 5 routes take in areas of the southern Broads with links along the route that take in Horsey coastline, capturing golden sand dunes and resident seals. The Broads National Park has so much on offer when cycling in Norfolk and is an ideal place to enjoy an afternoon on your bike, with quiet lanes and beautiful views.
View of the coastline at Horsey.
Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path is another popular choice when cycling in Suffolk and Norfolk. With most of the route running through the Norfolk Coast AONB itâ€™s not hard to see why this route is so popular. Taking in over 200km of scenic views, Peddars Way starts in Suffolk and meets The Norfolk Coast Path at Holme-next-the-Sea. Experience seaside towns, tidal marshes offering an abundance of wildlife, white sandy beaches, and lush woodlands.
View of Holme-next-the-Sea.
The Suffolk Coast is the nearest undisturbed coastline to London, popular with tourists due to its AONB. With charming coastal towns situated along the NCN, cycling in Suffolk and Norfolk is available year-round. Home to two routes on this network, cycle route 1 takes you from north to south through Suffolk, before reaching Norfolk. Cycle route 51 travels west to east from Cambridge to Felixstowe.
A view from Dunwich in Suffolk.
Last on our list of bike routes in Norfolk is Marriottâ€™s Way, a 42km off-road trail that follows two disused railway lines that run from Norwich to Aylsham. Some of this trail forms part of route 1 of the NCN. Most of this route is suitable for people of all abilities, but there are some wet and sandy sections. Boasting amazing wildlife and fantastic waymarked routes this route is ideal for quiet and leisurely bike rides.
With so many Norfolk cycle routes to choose from youâ€™ll be spoilt for choice on your cycling holiday in the UK. Nestled within woodland on the banks of the River Thet, close to where the Norfolk and Suffolk borders meet, our hot tub accommodation at Thorpe Forest is an ideal base for your cycling break. Book your cabin and explore what Norfolk has to offer on two wheels.