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Take in the timeless treasures of Suffolk. Explore medieval Lavenham, Bury St Edmunds and the half-timbered Wool Towns; the Stour Valley and oh-so-English landscapes of Constable Country, or the castle-rich Heritage Coast around Orford, Aldeburgh, Felixstowe and Southwold.
Our self-guided cycling holidays and cycling short breaks feature circular routes in Suffolk and include hotel to hotel and single centre cycling tours.
This really refreshing two-wheeled adventure is so short and sweet that it’s sure to go down a treat. Just pedal away gently, following the flow of Suffolk’s most mellow contours, rolling with the countryside from village to charming half-timbered village. Stop off for a sip at the Punchbowl or rest a while by the Ram at the heart of the historic wool town of Hadleigh. Weave your way through ‘wonky’ Lavenham, that most famous medieval labyrinth of wool and cloth merchants’ houses. To crown it all, stay over in beautiful Bildeston at a time-honoured inn that’s brimful of local flavours. Who thought that just one night away could ever be such a great and satisfying tonic?
In Bildeston, staying in a half-timbered inn with visits around the charming lanes of the Suffolk wool towns including Lavenham, Hadleigh, Chelsworth and Kersey.
This neat little tour is just great for getting a real taste of Suffolk. A local vineyard, a picturesque working windmill, half-timbered villages and pink thatched cottages plus gardens stately or small are all highlights of the gentle routes across smooth rural landscapes. Crowning glory however has to be the truly fabulous flint castle with redbrick, twisted Tudor chimneys in the delightful market town of Framlingham.
Near Needham Market and the historic market town of Framlingham.
Fancy mixing a bit of cycling with a comfortable hotel stay in beautiful, iconic countryside? This tour offers plenty of flexibility and scope for real relaxation and is ideal if you wish to try out a cycling holiday for the first time. The choice of gentle circular rides allows you to cover distances you feel happy with at the same time as exploring picturesque villages and countryside made famous by Constable’s brushstrokes.
Near Stoke by Nayland. The hotel has a swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms, jacuzzi, massage & beauty treatments, fully equipped gym and two golf courses.
Sketch ‘Constable Country’ roughly as the area the 19th century artist could reach on foot or horseback, and it’s not surprising that the places where he set up his easel are all within easy pedalling distance of each other around the Stour. This tour enjoys the gentlest of English landscapes, taking in historic towns, water meadows and meanders, boats and bridges and includes the sites of some of Constable’s best-loved paintings.
Near Needham Market and the Dedham area, with visits to Flatford, Kersey and Lavenham.
Your stay at the Woodbridge Tudor manor house and luxury country hotel, Seckford Hall , really sets the scene for the historic Suffolk treasures you will explore on this tour. A single centre break, it is ideal for those who want to try out a cycling holiday for the first time, or who fancy mixing gentle cycling with a relaxed stay in a magnificent setting. Our selection of 4 meticulously prepared tours lets you explore castles, coast, marshlands and market towns, estuaries and seaside as the whim takes you. Head for Framlingham Castle where Mary Tudor learnt of her accession or tour market towns or coastal villages where 16th century cottages rub shoulders with more recent neighbours.
A luxury hotel in a beautiful country setting. Its superb facilities include a swimming pool, jacuzzi and gym. Health and beauty treatments may also be booked, and there is an 18 hole golf course adjacent to the hotel.
Landscapes don’t come more calming than the rolling idylls immortalised by John Constable. Combine pedalling through these pictures with some time out discovering the half-timbered treasures of South Suffolk’s inspiring medieval villages; add a charming country retreat and you have the perfect getaway break to leave you truly energized and inspired.
Near Needham Market and Stoke by Nayland, with visits to Flatford and East Bergholt, and Kersey or Lavenham.
From an impressive castle to clifftop ruins, charming Suffolk villages brimful of picturesque cottages and some of the East’s most renowned birdwatching coast, this great little tour reveals treasure after Suffolk treasure. The quiet country lanes lead through smooth, rural landscapes and timeless market towns to truly unspoilt coastline and inland creeks with plenty of excellent opportunities to savour Suffolk’s delicious flavours along the way. Truly a Suffolk encounter worth pedalling for.
Near Needham Market and the picturesque village of Westleton near the RSPB reserve at Minsmere.
Here’s an encounter with coastal Suffolk that’s a real breath of fresh air. From your comfortable coaching inn by the charming village greens of Westleton, two circular day rides introduce you to some of Suffolk’s inspirational icons and plenty of its secrets too. Visit arty market towns and old fishing villages; mighty medieval churches and cliff top ruins or look up to the House in the Clouds, to Southwold’s lighthouse and its famous fine brewery. From heathland, woodland to smooth rolling countryside, truly unspoilt coastline and curvaceous creeks, it’s a landscape to fall in love with. And if that doesn’t set your heart a flutter, there’s always the east coast’s premier birdwatching spot on your doorstep at Minsmere.
In the picturesque village of Westleton near the RSPB reserve at Minsmere.
Here’s a great little getaway - gentle Suffolk countryside, the inspiring heritage coast close by and a hotel set in its own parkland with all the leisure facility trimmings you can dream of including a championship golf course. It’s simply perfect if you fancy a cycle-as-you-please and chill-out-when-you-wish approach to a short break away in the country; it’s also absolutely ideal for those who want to try a spot of cycling for the first time. Our selection of 4 carefully prepared cycle tours leads to some of Suffolk’s finest castles and best-loved coastal spots, around beautiful estuaries, through woodlands and strings of lovely little villages. What a gift!
Near Woodbridge. The hotel has a health club with swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and spacious gym, a thermal suite spa for beauty treatments and an 18 hole championship golf course.
A Suffolk wool town like no other. A luxurious hotel like no other. An unrivalled selection of superb cycle rides. This is one super little getaway which both breaks and honours tradition all at the same time. The curious arty quirkiness of your Georgian boutique hotel totally complements the delightful eccentricities you’re sure to discover as you explore this oh-so-charming historic corner of Suffolk . There are the aviaries in Bury Abbey Gardens, the ‘new’ cathedral tower, the Nutshell pub (England’s tiniest) as well as all of the town’s fine architecture and cultural offerings. Out on your bike, you’ll not want to miss the leaning legacies of half-timbered Lavenham or Ickworth’s oval stately home. Then there is Pakenham’s unique combination of a working windmill and working watermill, and no less than three vineyards to enjoy a splash of Suffolk sunshine. Weirdly enough, all this sounds like something to celebrate!
A Georgian, luxury boutique hotel perfectly situated at the historic heart of Bury St Edmunds. It has a renowned restaurant and is brimful of character, artfully blending the vintage with the vibrant and the captivating with the curious.
Explore the gently rolling, oh-so-English landscapes immortalised by Constable and pedal at your own pace through the beautiful half-timbered villages- the legacy of Suffolk’s medieval wool trade-based wealth. This leisurely tour takes in the very best of both worlds, and being on the saddle gives it all a special immediacy and added dimension. Somehow taking time gives you time to take it all in, amidst the natural peace of country lanes and the respectful silence of person-powered pedals!
Near Needham Market, the Dedham area and Lavenham, the most spectacular 'Wool Town'.
If you like rivers and boats with a great helping of history and local flavour then this is the Suffolk escape route for you. Enjoy castles and culture washed down with a glass of crisp local wine or refreshing real ale, then snake down from reedy creeks to the coast perhaps as you head to listen to tinkling masts on the Deben at Woodbridge or muse over the mysterious ship burial site at Sutton Hoo.
Near Needham Market, Framlingham and Woodbridge.
Set off to explore the delightful market town of Framlingham with its imposing castle or the post-mill at Saxtead en-route to Woodbridge. Located on the Deben, this is a great place to spend a couple of nights with its inviting waterfront, historic tide mill, great collection of browsable little shops and architectural delights down every tiny street. A choice of circular rides from here proposes visits to Snape, Orford, Shingle Street, Sutton Hoo and Felixstowe.
Near Needham Market and near Woodbridge (2 nights).
There’s a real sense of cycling through Suffolk history on this rather palatable tour. The Rivers Alde, Ore and Deben each hold their secrets – from Orford’s oyster-filled creeks and towering 12th century castle keep to the mysteries of the Sutton Hoo burial mounds sitting high above the Deben. There are more winding creeks and plenty of tempting tea rooms and crafts at Snape and Framlingham couples a massive curtain wall of a castle with a rather tempting vineyard.
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham and in the old port of Orford.
This very gentle Suffolk experience allows plenty of time to linger and explore some of Suffolk’s best-loved picturesque villages. If you’re not sure how far you can pedal, this is a really great tour to get away on. You’ll soon be rewarded with half-timbered Lavenham, Kersey’s water-splash, medieval guildhalls, inns and thatched cottages galore. Go easy, enjoy a relaxing massage or round of golf at your first hotel and look forward to winding down the lanes and the whole pace of life.
near Stoke by Nayland and the old 'Wool Towns' of Bildeston and Lavenham.
Full of local colour, this rural route leads to a stay near the heritage coast itself just a pedal push away from hauntingly beautiful heathlands, forests, creeks and shingle stretches. Highlights include historic market towns;the panorama from Framlingham’s curtain wall castle; lines of vines; rows of Southwold beach huts and an endless crinkle-crankle wall disappearing into the distance at Easton on the return stretch.
Near Needham Market, Halesworth and Westleton.
A colourful tour indeed, featuring refined seaside favourite, Southwold, together with a good helping of Suffolk’s timeless villages and relaxing smooth scenery. Enjoy some great cycling along lanes littered with pink thatched cottages to a truly impressive 12th century castle, superb wildlife and birdwatching sites and some of Suffolk’s most renowned heritage coastline. What’s more, this tempting tour leads you via vineyard and real country watering holes to the home of Adnams famous Southwold brewery - truly a refreshing break all round!
Near Needham Market and the picturesque village of Westleton near the RSPB reserve at Minsmere.
West Suffolk’s wool towns are steeped in history, nestling alongside small fleece-washing rivers in hallmark rolling countryside. This tour is as delightful as the candy-pink cottages you’ll discover en route, and takes in ancient Bury St Edmunds, a place of pilgrimage since the 11th century, renowned for its flower-filled Abbey gardens, Georgian town houses and classic shopping.
Near Needham Market, the Dedham area, Lavenham and the charming town of Bury St Edmunds.
Enjoy the wild variety of the unspoilt Suffolk coast and the county’s best in bold and impressive castles. Drink in colourful heathlands, bird-filled marshes and the fruits of the local vineyard. Work up an appetite on riverside routes or watching fishermen land their catch on Aldeburgh beach. Experience landscapes and seascapes which inspired writers like PD James. Will you hear the bells of Dunwich’s lost churches tolling beneath the waves?
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, in Aldeburgh and in Woodbridge
Combine a great array of imposing fortified castles with the mellowest of Stour Valley landscapes and most charming thatched and half-timbered villages which Suffolk can offer. This tour really has something for everyone from sedate rivers by the southern heritage coast to the bustle of busy Woodbridge on the Deben and chocolate-box delights of pink thatched cottages and real village greens.
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, near Woodbridge,in Hadleigh and in Lavenham.
This is one breath-taking tour – not in terms of miles or terrain, but thanks to the stunning views of amazingly unspoilt coastline. Start out through rural villages and market towns full of historic surprises, before reaching Covehithe’s crumbling cliffs and heading down to timeless Southwold. Bird reserves, wild dunes and winding creeks are all part of the natural enchantment; so too the man-made confections such as eccentric Thorpeness, Aldeburgh’s famous sculpture, Orford’s hauntingly mighty castle and smart Woodbridge on the Deben.
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, in Southwold, in Aldeburgh and near Woodbridge.
The castle at Framlingham looks even more imposing at a distance thanks to its reflection in the enormous Mere. Small Suffolk rivers once saw fleeces washed and prepared for the all-important wool trade . At the coast, wealth ports came and went with stormy tides... This tour maps Suffolk’s man-made and natural waterscapes, from castle meres to creeks, quaysides and shingle spits, Edwardian seaside resorts, Martello towers and tiny ferry boats, ship burials, boatyards and bygone Stour Valley trade routes captured on canvass by Constable himself.
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, near Woodbridge (2 nights) and in Bildeston or Hadleigh (2 nights).
If you don’t want to miss a Suffolk trick, this tour brings you an unbeatable combination of castles, cliffs, coastline both wild and cultured, Constable Country and the mellow moods of medieval treasure villages. The landscapes may be enormously varied, yet the cycling remains reassuringly leisurely. If you feel that your perfect tour might also need a spot of Southwold , that oh-so-English, smart and stylish seaside gem, then never fear – we’ve got that covered too in our slightly longer tour, Castles, Cliffs & Constable (Tour 9A).
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, in Aldeburgh (2 nights), near Woodbridge, in Hadleigh / Bildeston and in Lavenham.
Make a meal of your gentle Suffolk adventure. There’s a great castle for starters in Framlingham, many delicious places to enjoy on the Heritage Coast’s varied menu, plus a rich helping of medieval wool town masterpieces for dessert. From the crumbling Covehithe cliffs all the way to haunting Shingle Street, the sea air and cycling will work wonders for your appetite. Dunwich fish and chips, Orford oysters, Aldeburgh ‘s freshest fishy catch... Suffolk is renowned for its wonderful fare. To supplement the fruits of the sea, there are local meats, cheeses and fresh fruit and veg for you to savour!
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, in Southwold (2 nights), in Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge and in Hadleigh.
A real touring opportunity to discover Suffolk’s green and pleasant lands even along the haunting heritage coast. In Debenham, village verges vie with overhanging houses and antique shops; a white post mill sits proudly on Saxtead Green; Framlingham Castle looks out across smart college lawns; at Southwold, once ravaged by fire, green swathes now space out the houses by Gun Hill; Orford castle perches on the greenest mound and at Sutton Hoo mysterious bumps mark bygone burials close to acres of turf fields. Lavenham and the great greens of Long Melford are certainly jewels in Suffolk’s crown, but the greatest emerald perhaps has to be Constable Country with its immortalised water meadows and Stour Valley slopes.
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, in Southwold, in Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge, in Bildeston (or Hadleigh) and in Lavenham.
Explore all the highlights of oh-so-English Suffolk and take a trip through history . The treasures of the Sutton Hoo ship burial unearth the Dark Ages; medieval merchants left leaning half-timbered legacies like Lavenham; in the 18th century the special Suffolk light and the quintessentially Englishness of the Stour Valley gave the painter, John Constable his inspiration. Suffolk is home to mighty castles and maritime tales, haunting coastlines which inspired PD James and rivers immortalised by Sir Arthur Ransome – history is all around and so much more immediate when enjoyed gently and respectfully from the saddle of your bike .
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, near Woodbridge (2 nights) and in Bildeston or Hadleigh (2 nights).
Conquer a couple of estuaries with some handy ferry-hopping using long established foot ferries across the Rivers Deben and Orwell to cover even more Suffolk sights to your tour. This route takes in all the destinations and attractions of our 8A tour - castles, cliffs, coastline both wild and cultured, Constable Country, the medieval treasure villages plus time in stylish Southwold - and gives you even more time to explore the area around Orford, to discover Felixstowe and the Shotley Pensinsular on your way to the inspiring Dedham Vale and Stour Valley.
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, in Aldeburgh (2 Nights), near Woodbridge, in the Dedham area and in Lavenham.
Fancy an unbeatable combination of castles, cliffs, coastline both wild and cultured, Constable Country and the mellow moods of medieval treasure villages, but want to be sure of some time for sand between the toes in one of Suffolk’s most stylish resorts? This tour includes it all with a generous helping of Southwold right in the middle, so you can enjoy the bright beach huts, long prom and tasteful pier, smart shops and galleries, relaxed cafés and great real ale pubs.
near Needham Market, in Framlingham, Southwold (2 nights), Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge, in Bildeston (or Hadleigh) and Lavenham.
Conquer a couple of estuaries with some handy ferry-hopping to cover even more Suffolk sights to your tour. This route takes in all the destinations and attractions of our 9A tour - castles, cliffs, coastline both wild and cultured, Constable Country, the medieval treasure villages plus time in stylish Southwold - and gives you even more time to explore the area around Orford, to discover Felixstowe and the Shotley Pensinsular on your way to the inspiring Dedham Vale and Stour Valley.
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, Southwold (2 Nights), Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge, in the Dedham area and Lavenham.
It’s the big one! Welcome to the definitive bike tour of Suffolk. Head up past impressive castles and ancient villages to the Waveney Valley before reaching Covehithe’s crumbling cliffs and cycling the entire length of the beautiful Heritage Coast. We’ve included extra time to relax and explore in and around the elegant Southwold and history-rich Woodbridge on the Deben. Rural routes lead westwards to get a quick taster of the medieval wool towns, before swooping down on Constable Country . Then it’s time to wind through half-timbered Lavenham to more Georgian Long Melford, Gainsborough’s Sudbury, medieval Castle Hedingham and captivating Clare. Bury St Edmunds boasts a ‘new’ cathedral plus the famed Abbey Gardens, preparing you for more floral treats at Bressingham and at Helmingham Hall on your route homeward.
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, Halesworth, Southwold (2 nights), Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge (2 nights), in Hadleigh or Bildeston, Lavenham, near Clare, in Bury St Edmunds and in the Eye area.
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