Norfolk is a perfect place for family cycling holidays or long weekends – with plenty of country lanes, coastal trails and enchanting byways to explore. With gentle terrain, even cycling novices will find the going easy in Norfolk, and with so much natural beauty and places of interest at every turn, there’s never a need to rush. Here’s our pick of the best cycling routes in Norfolk.
Marriott’s Way is 26 miles long but you can pick and choose your start and finish points making it perfect for shorter family cycle rides.
The route follows the tracks of two disused railway lines and links the picturesque market town of Aylsham with the city of Norwich.
Don’t miss the chance to visit Reepham with its old market square, specialist shops and hostelries. Make sure the kids look out for Marriott the Fox who pops up along the way – he’s got loads of interesting facts to pass on!
Break yourselves in gently and start with a short trip of about five and a half miles on Route 6.
Make a day of it and book a boat trip to enjoy the full magical waterland experience. The wildlife is amazing, from harriers to kingfishers, Chinese water deer to otters.
Back in the saddle pedal on towards Sutton Pottery and Sutton Mill, both well worth a visit, and also call in to St. Mary’s Church with its fascinating collection of ancient artefacts.
There are fourteen routes to choose from and so much to see.
Photo - Julian Claxton and Broads Authority
Deep in the heart of the UK’s largest lowland pine forest are miles of cycle trails to suit all ages and proficiencies. The green route is just over six miles long; gentle, safe and wide enough to allow you to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
Visit the High Lodge Forest Centre where you will find route info – along with a play area, a shop and restaurant. You can also visit the adjacent ‘Go Ape!’ – ropes, swings and zip slides in the midst of the forest.
Photo - Thetford Forest Park - Forestry Commission
The Cycleway project was started in the 1990s when it was becoming clear that the main coast road could be hazardous for cyclists.
By using a network of quieter roads inland, a route that in many places offers splendid panoramic views across the Norfolk countryside, coastal marshes and coastline, the Norfolk Coast Cycleway was developed.
If your cottage is near the coast (and most places in Norfolk are!) find the closest routes, get the bikes out and enjoy!
Photo - Visit Norfolk
Norwich is a treasure trove for two-wheeled explorers with safe and scenic cycle paths alongside the River Wensum as it flows through the city.
Stop in The Adam & Eve tavern near the law courts and cathedral for refreshment afterwards. Reputedly the oldest pub in the city, it was first referenced in 1249 and offers a fantastic pit-stop.
Photo - Visit Norfolk