The Best Cycling Routes in Norfolk
Published: Tuesday 17th Mar 2020
Written by: Isobel Taylor
There are so many factors that make Norfolk a beautiful place to be. The tranquil Norfolk Broads, the breathtaking Norfolk beaches, the beautiful wildlife and those famous Norfolk skies. With so much to see what better way to see it all than exploring on two wheels.
Whether you’re an experienced cyclist, trying to teach your child to ride a bike or perhaps you enjoy an evening pootle down to the local pub, there are so many ways to enjoy cycling in Norfolk. With plenty of traffic free options, cycling is a great activity for all the family. We’ve put together some of our favourite cycling routes around the county (and just a few cafe stops along the way too).
Hoveton to Horning - 2.5 miles
An excellent route for exploring the two villages of Hoveton and Horning, the route is all off-road and away from traffic, making it perfect for families with young children. Start at Hoveton and make your way through the picturesque countryside to the village of Horning where you can sit with an ice cream and enjoy the view of the River Bure and the fine sailing boats that frequent the village. For refreshments there are a plethora of pubs to pick from in Horning, all with riverside seating. On your cycle back why not stop off at RAF Air Defence Radar Museum at Neatishead or immerse yourself in the fantastical world of Bewilderwood located between the two villages of Hoveton and Horning.
Aylsham to Norwich - 26 miles
Making use of the disused rail network through the Norfolk countryside, this is a fantastic chance to explore Norfolk’s idyllic country villages. The entire route is off road meaning kids can enjoy cycling away from the traffic. Along the route, spot the different wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy the bronze sculptures that have been erected along the line to mark the route's special history. If you finish the 26 mile route, lock up your bike and take a stroll through the vibrant city of Norwich.
Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth - 100 miles
A great route for road cyclists, with phenomenal views of Norfolk’s stunning coastline along the way. Starting in Kings Lynn and ending in Great Yarmouth, there is no better way to take in the Area of Outstanding Beauty on two wheels. This route has been developed to keep away from main roads, making the most of Norfolk’s fantastic Quiet Lanes. On the way you will be treated to stops in the historical village of Walsingham, the vibrant town of Cromer and the breathtaking views from Happisburgh beach. For a much needed coffee and a spot of lunch, stop off at the Art Cafe at Glanford for a fantastic Grey Seal coffee.
Various Routes around the Estate
The famous Holkham Hall based on the North Norfolk Coast, also boasts a gorgeous estate in which visitors are invited to explore for themselves. Cycle hire is available from March to November every year, giving you the choice to stay in the grounds or explore a little further in the local area. An ideal chance to get the children outside and on two wheels or perhaps make a day of it and pack a romantic picnic for two to enjoy in the grounds. There are several cycle routes laid out by the estate making this a perfect spot for all levels of cyclists.
Wroxham to Aylsham - 9 miles
Another route which takes advantage of the old railway lines, meaning it is traffic free and family friendly. The 9 mile route starts in Wroxham at the Bure Valley Railway station (just next to the Hoveton & Wroxham railway station) and ends in Aylsham. Either cycle both ways or cycle to Aylsham and pop on the steam train back home! If you are ready for a challenge why not hop onto the Marriots Way and head all the way into Norwich? For a cyclist friendly cafe, Alysham’s Breadsource offers a delicious array of handmade pastries and a great cup of coffee.
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