Cycling holidays in Norfolk
Broaden your horizons in Norfolk. Discover pretty flint cottages and pine forests by the sea along Nelson’s North Norfolk Coast or enjoy a right royal time at Sandringham. There’s the haunting Sea Henge at King’s Lynn and tales of Boudicca around the heathy Brecklands, plus 125 miles of waterways and countless charming villages in the Norfolk Broads National Park. And don’t miss Norwich which once had a church for every Sunday and a pub for every day of the year!
Our self-guided cycling holidays and cycling short breaks in Norfolk, one of the most beautiful areas of the UK, feature both linear and circular routes and include hotel to hotel bike tours.
Go for a gentle spin under Norfolk’s huge skies for some scenic cycling at its East Anglian best, with a rich helping of history at every turn on this great little circular adventure. From the rugged heaths of Queen Boudicca’s homelands transport yourself through time and the low-lying Norfolk countryside via the almost intact medieval village of Castle Acre to North Elmham with its treasure church and mysterious minster ruins.
Wymondham’s half-timbered architecture and its awesome abbey church are highlights on your return route, but first take your pick from our great selection of day rides to cycle the pretty river valleys and outstretched estates of a county which won its wealth through the medieval wool trade. From stylish Georgian Holt with its steam railway to the lakeside parklands of Jacobean Blickling Hall, from the revered pilgrimage sites of Little Walsingham to the lost village of Godwick, Norfolk has so many secrets to share. Which hidden treasures will you be heading for?
Near Watton and in North Elmham (2 nights).
Norfolk loves to do things on a grand scale. But on this tour you never need to cycle many miles before your next great discovery. Low-lying landscapes turn every church tower into a mighty beacon, whilst wrap-around skies seem to dwarf even the vastest estates. Pedal out from the beautiful Brecks for a three night stay in Norfolk’s historic heartlands, cycling out along quiet country lanes via Castle Acre, home to one of the largest and best-preserved monastic sites in England and taking in Wymondham’s magnificent golden abbey treasures as you return.
With our wide choice of day rides, Norfolk’s coast and countryside is your oyster, even though Cromer crabs are on nearly every menu! Take your pick of impressive Great Houses at Holkham, Houghton and Blickling. Seek out smart Georgian market towns and steam railways, quaint coastal quaysides and beaches of golden sand, lost villages, Saxon round-tower churches or Little Walsingham, a hugely historic place of pilgrimage which once rivaled Canterbury in its importance.
Near Watton and in North Elmham (3 nights).
Encounter amazing, unexpected gems of civilisation amidst the wildest woods, heaths and winding creeks of Norfolk’s big sky landscapes. Historic Walsingham has attracted generations of pilgrims; today’s Norfolk visitors have more of a habit of heading to the stylish ‘Burhams’, aka ‘Chelsea-on-Sea’. Country houses fit for a queen, castles and priories, Palladian edifices and great market towns – cycle to see them all though peaceful country lanes with a charming surprise around almost every corner.
Near Watton, Swaffham and the Fakenham area (2 nights).
This is a tour that explores the many facets of Norfolk, from the history and grandeur of Oxburgh Hall, to the quaint medieval town of Castle Acre, the ancient ports on the North Norfolk coast, and the lovely Sandringham Estate, the Norfolk retreat of H.M. The Queen.
Near Watton, Swaffham and Great Bircham (2 nights).
Take in some of East Anglia’s finest Great Houses, greatest sandy beaches and countless great villages dwarfed only by history, all under one great big Norfolk sky. There are Palladian mansions to pop in or pedal past and royal connections at Sandringham and Oxborough too. Great Walsingham warrants a pilgrimage beyond the beach and historic quayside of Wells; Great Massingham boasts abbey fishponds and Great Bircham a towering mill. Coast through gloriously green estates, discover stylish market towns and follow history down the Peddars Way Path. With woodland, heathland and rolling landscapes all the way, this tour is a clear contender for some truly great cycling!
Near Watton, Swaffham, Burnham Market (2 nights) and Great Bircham.
Hugely historic, the world under Norfolk’s all-embracing skies is simply the stuff of legends. This circular coast and country cycle tour from Queen Boudicca’s ancient homelands through the county which once ranked amongst England’s richest thanks to the medieval wool trade, certainly has plenty of stories to share. Discover the secrets of Tudor Oxburgh Hall and lost-in-time Castle Acre; the tale of Swaffham’s lucky pedlar and even the ancestral villages of Abraham Lincoln.
Encounter the east coast strangely facing west plus North Norfolk’s haunting dunescapes and tiny harbour villages. Royal Sandringham, the homes of England’s first Prime Minister, Anne Boleyn’s family estate - not forgetting countless monastic ruins and church treasures - line your gentle rides along quiet rural lanes and low-lying landscapes. Pedal through this famously connected wool town county and you’re sure to leave with many great cycling memories and plenty of yarns to spin when you get back home.
Near Watton, in Swaffham, the Houghton Park area (2 nights), in Holt (2 nights) and in North Elmham.
They say King John lost his jewels in the marshlands of The Wash, but pedal out from historic King’s Lynn to the fine city of Norwich on this superbly scenic cycle tour and you’ll discover that Norfolk’s coast and countryside is just one enormous treasure trove. So what will catch your eye? The glinting creeks where Lord Nelson learnt to sail or the sparkling waters of the Norfolk Broads?
Medieval church rood screen golds or emerald village greens? Silvery flint facades, Georgian architectural gems or Palladian stately home piles? Take your time and your binoculars as you wind down quiet rural lanes, small roads and some traffic-free paths like one of Dr Beeching’s Norfolk legacies, the Marriott’s Way. With Hunstanton’s rare red cliffs, Holkham’s vast golden sands, bird-rich nature reserves and precious preserved steam railways as well as Royal Sandringham, it’s hard to choose one crowning glory. Perhaps above all, it has to be Norfolk’s big skies? A real breath of fresh air – quite priceless.
Near King’s Lynn, in Old Hunstanton, the Houghton Park area, in Holt (2 nights), in the Aylsham area and in Norwich.
Big is beautiful, so here’s an invitation to cycle out and explore all of Norfolk’s best bits under one enormous sky. Watch as rugged heaths and far-reaching farmlands, haunting creeks and wild coastline, rural village gems and historic Norwich - one of England’s finest medieval cities - unfurl beneath your two wheels.
Reach for your binoculars in The Broads National Park, to spot the seals at Blakeney Point or admire waterfowl and waders strutting their feathery stuff by Lord Nelson’s childhood sailing grounds on the unspoilt North Norfolk Coast.
Every gentle mile of this circular tour and its choice of day rides has history at every turn, as you cycle through low-lying landscapes along small roads, quiet country lanes and some traffic-free paths. Priory ruins, silvery flint churches, Georgian marketplaces and medieval quaysides, Victorian seaside resorts and steam railways all line up along the way - as well Royal Sandringham and some of East Anglia’s favourite stately homes like Oxburgh, Holkham and Blickling Halls. Enjoy!
Near Watton (2 nights), in Swaffham, Old Hunstanton, the Houghton Park area, Holt (2 nights), near Aylsham (2 nights) and in Norwich.
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