Cycling in East Anglia

21 hand-picked rides

by Huw Hennessy 

Illustrated cycling guide to East Anglia: Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire – 21 handpicked routes aimed at keen cyclists and families alike, including places such as Sandringham, Wells, Holkham, Norwich, the Norfolk Broads, Bungay, Thetford Forest, Ixworth, Diss, Southwold, Walberswick, Orford, Sutton Hoo, Ely, Newmarket and Graffham Water.

Published:  01st Apr 2022
Size:  130 X 198 mm
Edition:  1
Number of pages:  232
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About this book

Following the same format as Bradt’s Cycling in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, this new cycling guide to East Anglia offers 21 routes for beginners and ‘leisure cyclists’, covering Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Each ride includes comprehensive directions, as well as background features on local history, wildlife and culture. All are linked to OS Explorer maps and relevant National Cycle Network routes (NCN), and include National Grid Reference (NGR) coordinates. In addition, each route has been mapped on route planning and navigation app komoot, where readers can find detailed route insights including an elevation profile and waytype and surface information. Using the komoot app for iOS or Android, readers can also use their smartphones to navigate each route.
East Anglia, the snail-like bulge protruding off the back of the United Kingdom’s east coast, is a vast flatland of broads, fens and marshes, stretched out under a wide sky. Despite its proximity to London and the Midlands, and its continental ferry links, it is one of the quietest regions in the country. The ancient kingdom of the Angles is also its oldest inhabited region, from Paleolithic times to subsequent Viking and Roman invasions; its wetlands tamed with canals and windmills and built over with hundreds of medieval churches. With its level, traffic-free lanes, and network of dedicated cycle routes, this is also an ideal destination for exploring by bike.
Most of the rides are around 30 kilometres long, ideal for a half-day outing. 19 out of the 21 routes are loop circuits, making travel hassle-free, and several are adjacent so can be linked, for more energetic cyclists wanting a longer challenge. Places covered include Sandringham, Wells, Holkham, Norwich, the Norfolk Broads, Bungay, Thetford Forest, Ixworth, Diss, Southwold, Walberswick, Orford, Sutton Hoo, Ely, Newmarket and Graffham Water.
Its long, sandy beaches and traditional seaside resorts have made East Anglia one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations. From rambles around sleepy villages to adrenalin-rush mountain bike circuits, , this guide will be packed with inspiration for cyclists of all ages and energy levels.

About the Author

Huw Hennessy is a lifelong cycling nut, and since childhood has pedalled as much as possible at every opportunity – from Paris to the Loire Valley after finishing his A-levels to freewheeling down the Andes when updating the Footprint Colombia Handbook a few years ago. Since moving to Devon in 2004, he has cycled all over southwest England. He knows East Anglia well, from 20+ years visiting family and friends in Norfolk and Suffolk; cycling the north coast, from Holkham Bay to Cromer, and through the Broads and back roads, from Halvergate, Norfolk to Bungay and Orford, in Suffolk.

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Table of Contents

Route 1 Sandringham Loop
Route 2 Ingoldisthorpe Loop
Route 3 Wells & Holkham Loop
Route 4 Cley Loop
Route 5 Northern Broads Loop: Hickling Green to Horsey
Route 6 Norwich to Aylsham, via Reepham – The Marriotts’ Way
Route 7 Reedham Loop
Route 8 Southern Broads Loop
Route 9 Bungay ‘Saints’ trail
Route 10 Thetford Forest Park MTB Trails
Route 11 Ixworth Millers Trail Circuit, near Bury St Edmunds
Route 12 Diss Loop, via via Mellis, Redgrave, Walsham-le-Willows, the Thornhams, Thandeston
Route 13 Southwold to Walberswick Loop
Route 14 Orford loop
Route 15 Sutton Hoo, loop via Hollesley, Sutton Common, extension to Shingle Street
Route 16 Lavenham Loop
Route 17 Jockey’s Trail 1 – twin loops E of Newmarket
Route 18 Jockey’s Trail 2 – loop E of Newmarket
Route 19 Cambridge to Ely
Route 20 Wicken Fen-Lodes Way, incl Anglesey Abbey, Houghton Mill-Northstowe Loop
Route 21 Graffham Water, loop W of Cambridge