5 of the Best Norfolk Cycling Routes
Norfolk is a beautiful county, and there is no better way to explore the landscape than by bike. There are plenty of different cycle routes around Norfolk, which vary in difficulty and in length, so there is a cycle route for everyone! What's more, Norfolk is kown for being one of the flattest counties in the UK, which means you needn't worry about any super challenging hills! Whether you are a seasoned cycler looking for a challenge, or an amateur who simply wants to enjoy the Norfolk scenery, there is a bike route for you, and here are five of the best in the county.
Wells and Holkham Circuit
This cycle route is a 10-mile combination of private roads, public roads and paths. The cycle route begins in the beautiful fishing port of Wells-next-the-Sea and will guide you on a loop through some of the most beautiful parts of the county, cycling through a deer park and passing the famous Holkham Hall on the way. The terrain is flat for the most part, though some off-road sections can prove a little more challenging.
If you want to get lost in the depths of the Norfolk countryside for the day, Docking Look is perfect, though it definitely isn't for the faint-hearted. You will begin your 32 mile cycle in Burnham Market, and continue over ranges of different terrains, which can be challenging at times, as you pass through the idyllic village of Stanhoe, past Houghton Hall and the well-known Bircham Windmill.
Hunstanton to King's Lynn
This route is a small part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network (NCN) which goes from Hull to Harwich. The 22 mile route begins in Hunstanton, and you will follow the route down to the banks of the River Ouse towards King's Lynn, enjoying sights such as Hunstanton Lighthouse, Snettisham Deer Park, Sandringham House and the 12th Century castle ruins of Castle Rising on your way.
Hunstanton to Ringstead
This 16 mile cycle will lead you from the hills in Hunstanton, through Holme-next-the-Sea and Heacham, treating you to a range of different landscapes as you cycle the off-road path along green lanes and farm tracks down to Ringstead. Though the track is of medium length, the varied off-road terrain does make it challenging, especially in wetter weather, so you should allow four hours to complete the route.
The Ingoldisthorpe Loop will lead tou through some picturesque country lanes and some of Norfolk's prettiest villages, such as Shernbourne and Anmer. The generally even terrain makes for a relatively easy ride along this cycle route, which will take around 3 and a half hours to complete. You may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of white fallow deer as you cycle alonf the boundary of Houghton Hall!
Its bigger than Glastonbury!
While Thursford may be a tiny village, with a population of little more than 200 people, it welcomes coaches from all four corners of the UK when the Christmas Spectacular begins, with 5,000 visitors arriving each day. In total, the 180,000 visitors who arrive each year eclipses the 135,000 who attended the Glastonbury Festival in 2016!
These cycle routes are some of the best if you are looking to explore the Norfolk scenery for at least half of your day, and there is no better way to reward yourself for a day of exploring than with a bite to eat in a Norfolk country pub!
Deer at Holkham Hall