Our Guide to Cycling in Norfolk
Norfolk is popular for cycling – not just because its gently rolling landscape means it is suitable for all ages and abilities – but the vast open skies gives you a real feeling of space and connection with the natural world, as well as stunning views.
There is such a variety of cycling routes from spectacular coastal paths, old disused railway lines without a car in sight, ancient historic paths to woodland trails and quiet country lanes. There is something for everyone, whether it is a family with small children to serious long distance enthusiasts to enjoy in the combined warmest and driest county in the UK.
We’ve selected a few of our favourite routes for you to enjoy.
Ashmanhaugh to Barton Broad
A smashing ride from the cottages along quiet country lanes but also passing interesting places to visit such as Hoveton Hall Gardens, the RAF Radar Museum, Wroxham Barns and viewing platform at Barton Broad. Refreshments are also available at the White Horse pub or community cafe in Neatishead.
Stalham to Worstead
A longer ride but with lots of options taking in the Museum of the Broads with its steam boat, the historic weaving village of Worstead and lots of quiet country lanes. You can also link to the Weavers Way and pass several places for refreshments.
Ashmanhaugh to Coltishall Common
Another favourite direct from the cottages, crossing the Bure Valley Path to Coltishall Common by the River Bure – a favourite stop for an ice cream sitting on a bench enjoying the view or a delicious lunch at either of the two pubs by the riverside.
Broadland Church Trail
Another trail you can do straight from the cottages, a longer route – with options for shortcuts – of 35 miles passing 16 Broadland Churches, Ranworth Visitor Centre on Ranworth Broad, Fairhaven Water Garden and Woodbastwick Brewery. Lots of places for refreshments on the way.
The Bure Valley Path
A route of about 10 miles but with lots of options – including having a ride back on a train with your bike if you are tired! Starting at the cottages and joining the Bure Valley Path alongside the railway track where there are no cars at all. The market town of Aylsham is the final destination with the Black Boys pub in the centre and refreshment breaks on the route.
The Three Rivers Way
A new route, which once fully open, will be 9 miles long passing through the pretty riverside villages of Wroxham, Horning and Ludham to Potter Heigham and taking in the beautiful landscape of the Broads National Park and its variety of wildlife and quaint riverside pubs and tearooms.
The Weavers Trail
A 20 mile route through the village of Worstead – the historic centre of weaving – passing over the North Walsham and Dilham Canal (the only canal in Norfolk) to the ancient woodland of Bacton with its Sessile Oaks over 200 years old.
Norfolk Coastal Cycleway
The entire route stretching from Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth is 59 miles, but there are various loops and options which you can select in order to enjoy the dramatic views where the sky meets the sea and beautiful countryside. Warm sunshine and fresh seafood to enjoy on the way.
Local Cycle Hire at East View Farm
Hire locally from Broadland Cycle Hire and if you you book at least a week in advance for a full day hire, get a 10% discount and a free delivery of the bikes to your cottage. There’s a full range of bikes (mountain, hybrid, tandem, tag-along and children’s) baby seats, helmets, baskets, pumps, locks and repair kits and more available. .
Bring your own bike, or hire one, but don’t miss cycling in Norfolk. There’s stunning coast, countryside and waterways to enjoy, as well as quiet country lanes, woodland cycle routes, specialist trails or go off-road in the forest.
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