Cycling holidays in Suffolk
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.
Suffolk is so full of secrets that even the smallest of cycling adventures can lead to great discoveries. Pedal out through gentle rolling countryside, along truly time-honoured lanes to meet mystery after mystery –a bizarre monk’s stone; a country garden in stained glass; the rural homelands of a Tudor Queen of France; a bridge where bridal parties fear to tread. Will you find Waddlegoose Lane? Or work out why one Waveney Valley village is both Superior and Inferior at the same time? Ponder as you push those pedals past commons, castles and churches, or stop to sip back and relax amidst the hollyhocks at some half-timbered wool town inn. Solve the mystery of how the freedom of two wheels and just one night away can make all the difference.
At Rickinghall near the bustling market town of Diss.
A wonderful one nighter – a Suffolk circular with windmills, crinkle-crankle and curtain walls; moats, meres, manor houses and more, all joined up by joyfully gentle cycling. Saddle up and head for historic Framlingham, home to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle on the Hill’, to rest up your trusty Cycle Breaks steed and enjoy an overnight at the heart of this fine market town. Sip on locally brewed ales, ciders or even wines from the nearby vineyard and dine on delicious produce that has come directly from plot to plate. En route you’ll discover great greens and smooth valley slopes, model farms, wool towns and villages once touched by busier times, but now quietly tucked away. Treat yourself to a get-away-from-it-all that’s a real-taste-of-Suffolk break... in a roundabout sort of way.
In the historic market town of Framlingham.
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.
Love gardens? Then let this tour put you in a gentle Suffolk spin. Pedal along rural lanes bright with wildflowers, past great greens dotted with campion pinks and little thatched cottages with towering hollyhocks to the famous gardens of Bressingham on the Norfolk border. Take a trip to ‘Foggy Bottom’ or ride on a steam train to see the Bloom family’s glorious gardens from a different angle. American airmen took to the wartime skies nearby and just a pedal push further, the River Dove follows a peaceful path through historic Hoxne and past the fine flint church and motte and bailey castle at Eye. You’ll find floral delights all along the way and cider orchards too near half-timbered Debenham, before you head back across Ronald Blythe’s idyllic ‘Akenfield’ country.
In Bildeston and in Rickinghall near the bustling market town of Diss.
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.
In Bildeston 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.
in Bildeston 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.
Framlingham and on the coast at Dunwich, 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.
We’ve bust our buffers to bring you a rural Suffolk destination with a difference, where you’ll be both off the beaten track and on track every day for a superb Suffolk cycling short break or longer holiday. Bed down in your own historic railway carriage and pedal out to explore rolling river-valley landscapes all around. Halt at medieval wool towns like Eye and Debenham. Alight from your bike at Framlingham’s castle, King Edmund’s martyrdom, WWII airfields, grand gardens and tiny thatched churches. Enjoy the freedom of a self-catering stay with pool facilities and cycle as you please on up to 7 cycling itineraries. Real railway lovers will be chuffed to bits with the Mid Suffolk Light Railway across the lane and Bressingham’s locos just a cycle ride away. And if you’re afraid of running out of cycling steam, why climb aboard an electric bike for that extra bit of pedal power?
Self-catering in comfortably converted and restored railway carriages or ‘The Halt’ in the heart of the Mid-Suffolk countryside near Eye. Shower/ WC and kitchenette in each unit (min. 2 persons), see accommodation layouts. Private pool facilities available nearby. Extra nights, full week stays and families welcome - see pricing section for full details. We are pleased to discuss arrangements on request.
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!
In Bildeston, the Dedham area and Long Melford.
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.
Between Needham Market & Diss, Framlingham and Woodbridge.
From carousels to castles, steam railways, WWII heritage sites and windmills, from vineyards to glorious gardens, this is a tour which really has something for everyone and is sure to set you in a spin. Pedal up through timeless Suffolk villages to the Norfolk border and Bressingham’s world-renowned gardens, steam museum and ‘Dad’s Army’ collection. Take in wartime airfields full of heroic tales, and colleges, ‘crinkle-crankle’ and curtain walls, brimming with right royal stories. Perhaps even celebrate your discoveries with a glass of ‘Frampagne’ at vineyards near Framlingham Castle, before enjoying more majestic borderlands – colourful cottage gardens and Helmingham Hall’s huge herbaceous flowerbeds .
Bildeston, Rickinghall (a village near Diss) and Framlingham.
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.
Between Needham Market & Diss 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.
Between Needham Market & Diss, 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 Long Melford.
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.
Between Needham Market & Diss, 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!
Between Needham Market & Diss and then 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.
In Bildeston, the Dedham area, Long Melford 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?
Between Needham Market & Diss, 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.
Between Needham Market and Diss, in Framlingham, near Woodbridge, in Bildeston and in Long Melford.
Take a tour full of contrasts from one side of Suffolk to the other. From Constable Country and the rolling Stour Valley on the Essex border, wind through country lanes to explore West Suffolk’s famous wool towns like Long Melford and half-timbered idyll, Lavenham. Take a look at the eccentric rotunda stately home at Ickworth – currently a fascinating restoration project – and enjoy its gardens and parklands en route to historic Bury St Edmunds. As you get closer to the flat fertile edges of Norfolk, the skies seem somehow even bigger and bluer. The Bloom family’s famous Bressingham Gardens are huge and colourful too - a real treat before pedalling back through some more of Suffolk’s precious village gems like Eye and Debenham.
In Bildeston, the Dedham area, Long Melford, Bury St Edmunds and Rickinghall near Diss area.
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.
Enjoy some of the quietest areas of north Suffolk and its Norfolk borderlands en route to the unspoilt Suffolk heritage coast, rich in history, wildlife and natural beauty. Head up to the Waveney Valley to take in the gardens of the famous Bloom family at Bressingham. There are stops near Norfolk’s Diss with its ancient meare and Suffolk’s gentle Halesworth, before the crumbling cliffs beckon at Covehithe and lead down via the nostalgic seaside resort of Southwold; ancient Dunwich and the old fishing town of Aldeburgh; Orford with its royal castle and mysterious Shingle Street to Woodbridge and tales of Sutton Hoo's treasure-rich ship burial by the River Deben.
Near Needham Market, near Diss, in Halesworth, 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).
Between Needham Market & Diss, in Framlingham, in Aldeburgh (2 nights), near Woodbridge, in Hadleigh / Bildeston and in Long Melford.
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!
Between Needham Market & Diss, in Framlingham, in Southwold (2 nights), in Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge and in Bildeston.
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.
Between Needham Market & Diss, in Framlingham, in Southwold, in Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge, in Bildeston and in Long Melford.
The beautiful gardens at Bressingham, home of the famous Bloom family up on the Suffolk / Norfolk borders makes for a great introduction to the many colours of Suffolk. Saxtead Green’s white windmill announces that you are near your first castle, Framlingham, then it’s off through the seasonal browns, greens and golds of rural landscapes to the sea blues of the coast, with splashes of purple heather or bright yellow gorse . The golden treasures of an Anglo-Saxon ship burial await at Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge and Constable’s Stour Valley is as green and pleasant as England comes. Finally the pretty pink thatched cottages of the wool towns make for an idyllic background to some real English country gardens.
In Ipswich, near Diss, in Framlingham, near Woodbridge (2 nights), in Bildeston (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.
between Needham Market & Diss, in Framlingham, Southwold (2 nights), Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge, in Bildeston and Long Melford.
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.
Between Needham Market & Diss, in Framlingham, Southwold (2 Nights), Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge, in the Dedham area and Long Melford.
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.
In Ipswich, Framlingham, Halesworth, Southwold (2 nights), Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge (2 nights), in Bildeston, Long Melford, near Clare, in Bury St Edmunds and near Diss.
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