CYCLING IN NORFOLK
A low-lying, flat and fertile county, Norfolk is a cyclist’s paradise and is the perfect way to enjoy the landscape whether you want to rumble off-road, speed along the coast or cycle as a family day out
Relatively empty of traffic, other than the odd rumbling tractor, the region seems designed for good cycling and hopping on your bike is the perfect way to make the most of the rural tranquility.
Short Distance Routes
If you fancy a shorter route, try the Broads by Bike Trails that take you through picturesque countryside in the Broads National Park.
Long Distance Routes
If you're feeling energetic you can try the Norfolk Coastal Cycleway which covers 59 miles from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth via Cromer. With much of the route passing through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it has dramatic views, beautiful countryside and outstanding wildlife. Thanks to the gentle gradients of the area the cycleway is perfect for cyclists of all ages and abilities. It follows quiet lanes just inland from the coast and around every corner you will see yet more breathtaking scenery.
Those with hybrid or mountain bikes might be enticed by moderate routes, such as Cromer to Southrepps or Hunstanton to Ringstead, which make use of off-road trail sections, while smooth tarmac lanes provide easier cycling for those who prefer to cruise through the countryside or pickup speed on the flat.
Sites like this reflect the rich history of Norfolk and some of the best cycle routes spin past the great country estates of England, such as Felbrigg Hall, Sandringham or Houghton Hall. With long tree lined avenues and well managed woodlands, the countryside around these estates offers bountiful wildlife and you’ll often catch glimpses of deer, flitting through the trees as you cycle past. The Walsingham Loop is a 40-mile ride that takes in Walsingham Abbey, a site of huge religious significance, whilst a spattering of other historic churches also provide good stopping points amid the pedaling.
Thetford Forest is the largest lowland pine forest in Britain with 26 trails, perfect for walkers, cyclists, orienteering runners, horse riders or birdwatchers. forestry.gov.uk
For the energetic visit Go Ape!, an assault course of ropes swings and zip slides set in the glorious Norfolk woodland goape.co.uk
You can hire mountain bikes at the High Lodge Forest Centre and join one of the organised rides, or take your own bike and discover the woodland at your own pace.