Ride Suffolk

Suffolk Spinners

Suffolk Spinners

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Alton Water (7.5 miles) enjoy a cycle ride around Suffolk’s largest expanse of open water

Churches, Copses and Country Lanes Carlton Colville (24 miles) cycle through the rolling landscape of attractive villages, old estates and anicient woods

Days out Cycling on Painters’ Trail a 69-mile long cycling route through the picturesque and historic Dedham Vale

Cycling around Eye (9, 18 and 20 miles) Eye has splendid houses dating from the 15th century, a magnificent church and ruins of a Norman castle and Benedictive Priory

The Miller’s Trail Ixworth (23 miles) Visit ancient villages, nature reserves and fine churches along the route

Rendlesham Forest (3 to 10 miles) 4 cycle routes though the forest

King’s Forest Rides West Stow (13 miles) 2 circular routes through forest, over heathland and around farmland

Mildenhall Rides (5 to 7 miles) cycle ride between Mildenhall, Red Lodge and Cavenham Heath

Newmarket Rides (8 and 9 miles) a landscape of rolling chalk valleys, ancient woodland, streams and thatched lime-washed cottages await you along the route

Stanton Rides (6, 10 and 12 miles) 3 circular cycling routes in north Suffolk

Thetford Forest Park (6, 8, 10 and 11 miles) all routes offer cyclists the opportunity to explore deep into the forest

Towers and Spires (19 or 30 miles) cycling through unspoilt Suffolk countryside you will never travel far without seeing the soaring tower or spire of an ancient church

Three Rivers Beccles and Loddon (23 miles)

Marshes and Lane Beccles and Bungay (17 miles)

Brewery Tour Homersfield and Bungay (13 miles)

Beccles South Beccles, Halesworth and Southwold (19 miles)

Saints Tour Bungay and Homersfield (16 miles)

Godric Way Bungay and surrounding parishes (24 miles). This route offers outstanding views of the upper Waveney Valley

The Suffolk Coastal Cycle Route is a circular signed route from Felixstowe to Dunwich on quiet roads along the coast before looping inland via the market towns of Framlingham and Woodbridge. The full route is 88 miles (142 km) long, ideal for weekend tours, and there are many opportunities for detours and short cuts to make day rides, including off-road tracks in three forests. Much of the route lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A fully revised and updated (Autumn 2009) route pack includes maps based on Ordnance Survey ‘Landranger’ series and 3 forest maps based on the ‘Explorer’ series. There is useful information about places of interest along the way plus accommodation and campsite listings. The pack is just £4.99 from Tourist Information Centres in the area or by post (£4.99 plus £1.00 p&p) from The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Unit, Dock Lane, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1PE. Please make cheques payable to ‘The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Unit’.

The Heart of Suffolk Cycle Route has been created for those who enjoy the pleasure of cycling in the countryside. The route uses mostly quiet lanes along its 80 mile (125 km) length and is signed in both directions, ideal for someone who simply wants a few hours of casual cycling, or a long distance cyclist wanting to explore the Suffolk countryside. For a free copy of the Heart of Suffolk Cycle Route contact Discover Suffolk

The South Suffolk Cycle Route also uses quiet lanes and a guide can be obtained from the Sudbury Tourist Information Centre, The Library, Market Hill, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EN, Email: sudburytic@babergh.gov.uk or telephone 01787 881320. The guide costs just £1.40 incl P&P – please make cheques payable to Sudbury Town Council.

The Painters’ Trail is a 69 mile (111 km) route, with various short cuts, using a mixture of quiet roads, cycle paths and well-surfaced tracks exploring locations that were made famous by local artists, such as Constable, Munnings and Gainsborough. The guide can be obtained from Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project and costs just £3.50.

Suffolk Coasts & Heaths Cycling Explorer Guides

Cycling Explorer Guides

Alton Water & Pin Mill  

Alton Water Park is set in the beautiful countryside of the Shotley Peninsula. Quiet roads lead to Pin Mill, a well-known riverside hamlet with links to the children’s author Arthur Ransome.

Dunwich & Minsmere  

This route visits the ancient parish of Dunwich as well as the RSPB’s famous nature reserve at Minsmere and the National Trust’s beautiful Dunwich Heath property.

Rendlesham Forest & Shingle Street 

Take a trip from the natural to the supernatural! Rendlesham Forest was the setting for the UK’s most famous UFO incident, whilst the coast at Shingle Street is a great place for wildlife. If you have time, learn about Suffolk’s very own breed of horse at the Suffolk Punch Trust.

Snape & Orford 

This cycle route starts from/visits Snape Maltings, home of the world famous concert hall and a fascinating range of shops. After leaving Snape, visit the mysterious St. Botolph’s Church on the way to the ancient port of Orford, with its imposing Norman castle.

Woodbridge & Waldringfield  

This cycle ride links the historic town of Woodbridge with the pretty riverside village of Waldringfield. On the way you ride through lovely countryside with great views of the River Deben.

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