Cycling routes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire
If you want to swap four wheels for two and get on your bike this year, we’ve found the best cycle routes and events to make you want to pedal that bit faster.
Written by Liz Mattock
Cycling in Norfolk
Wells & Holkham Circuit, North Norfolk
North Norfolk is an ideal place to bike by the sea. With coastal roads spanning the entire coast, starting at Wells Quay and finishing in Holkham, it provides a gentle but picturesque nine-mile adventure. More information can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk
Cycling routes in Suffolk
Forest Trails in Suffolk
Both Rendlesham Forest and Thetford Forest offer fun and excitement for those looking to take their routes off-road. Set in 1,800 acres of protected park and woodland, and a choice of between three-mile and 11 mile rides, where will the route take you?
Information can be found at www.discoversuffolk.org.uk.
Cycling routes in Cambridgeshire
The Jockey Trail, Cambridgeshire
For horseracing enthusiasts and cyclists combined, this day long ride starts and finishes at the famous Newmarket Racecourse. The route takes you through the quaint villages of Cambridgeshire and Suffolk before leading you back into Newmarket for a well-earned supper. More information at www.discoversuffolk.org.uk.
Cambridge to Duxford Air Museum
Make a day of it on two wheels, or maybe even try tandem on this pleasant 12-mile one-way cycle route along country lanes and ‘b’ roads to Duxford’s Imperial War Museum. Just save some energy to ride back. For more information visit www.cycleroutesuk.com.
Cycling routes in Essex
Colchester to Clacton on Sea
A gentle 18-mile flat route starting in the historic town of Colchester and finishing in the old coastal town of Clacton-on-Sea. Perfectly timed to finish with a fish and chip supper. Find out more by visiting www.cycleroutesuk.com.
Fancy taking part in a charity cycle and pedalling for pounds?
Here is our top three:
Norwich 100/50/25 | Sunday 4 June 2017
Voted number 1 in The Independent’s 10 Best Cycling events, choose from 100, 50 or 25 miles of stunning countryside and coast while raising money for British Heart Foundation; the nation’s heart charity. Full details at www.bike-events.com.
Cambridge 50/35 | Sunday 30 April 2017
Starting and finishing on the outskirts of Cambridge, raise money for Prostate Cancer Research during the 35 or 50 mile charity challenge with a real festival feel. Full details at www.bike-events.com.
Cambridge to Norwich | Sunday 1 October 2017
Back for the 7th year running, this beautiful charity ride in aid of Spinal Injuries Association takes you on a 77 mile route through autumnal East Anglia, with patchwork fields, fenland and a few friendly pubs along the way. You’ll be met at the finish line at Earlham Park with sports massage, beer tent, great food and live music. Full details at www.bike-events.com