When it comes to tours, this one’s the Suffolk selection box. Medieval villages, nostalgic steam rides and real English country gardens, mighty castles, music festivals at Snape Maltings, ship burials and quaint quaysides. Whizz down to the water-splash in Kersey; watch the world go by in Framlingham market square before climbing the curtain-wall castle. The Suffolk landscapes are rolling, flatter on the Norfolk border, the riverfronts enchanting and the seascapes almost out of this world.
is located near Needham Market, in the Diss area, in Framlingham, near Woodbridge and in Bildeston. Selected properties include either a 4 or 5 star guest house, a TBC star hotel, a 2 star hotel, a 3 star hotel and a 4 star hotel with leisure facilities. We are pleased to discuss details on request.
Variety is the hallmark of this tour. Mixing the flatlands of the Norfolk borders with the rolling countryside and picture book villages of west Suffolk and the wild beauty of the unspoilt Suffolk Coast.
Day One - Arrive & explore
Arrive at Needham Market, explore the area and spend your first night in or near this small market town.
Day Two – Great village greens & glorious gardens
Cycle through pretty Suffolk villages over level terrain to Bressingham Gardens famous for its plant and alpine collections, and its outstanding railway and steam museum. Nearby is Diss, a charming town with a quaint high street leading down to Diss mere. Your hotel for the night is close to the town.
Mileage: Rec 31 Min 26 Max 38
Day Three – Rare finds, castles and curling chimneys
Today you'll discover the magnificent medieval great hall at Wingfield Old College and perhaps stop for a drink at the excellent pub across the lane. Then on to the beautifully restored post mill at Saxtead Green before arriving at your night's stop in the quiet market town of Framlingham. The 12th century castle and church are both superb.
Mileage: Rec 31 Min 25 Max 33
Day Four – Creeks, concert halls, waves & warrior kings
Make your way first to taste the wines at Shawsgate Vineyard, then onto Snape Maltings where the Aldeburgh Festival concert hall sits among the little arts community on the banks of the river Alde. On to Orford with its impressive castle keep and quaint quayside where you can take a boat trip. You'll reach Shingle Street a quiet spot where the River Ore meets the sea, before visiting the rich Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo, then onto the lovely maritime town of Woodbridge with its tide mill on the banks of the River Deben.
Mileage: Rec39 Min 13 Max 46
Day Five – Wonderful Woodbridge by the water
A day to explore Woodbridge, take a boat trip on the river Deben or ride down to Felixstowe crossing the mouth of the Deben by small ferry.
Mileage: Rec 30 Min 0 Max 35
Day Six – Winding lanes & wool towns
Winding through Suffolk lanes you’ll pass through Little Bealings, Tuddenham and other pretty villages, each with its own character, church and village inn. You’ll splash through the ford in Kersey and cycle through beautiful Chelsworth with its narrow bridge and weavers’ cottages, before your overnight stop in Hadleigh. Here, in this once important ‘Wool Town’, you can explore the streets lined with overhanging, timber framed houses.
Mileage: Rec 30 Min 25 Max 37
Day Seven – Weaving homeward through the medieval maze
The return to Needham Market takes you through more pretty villages and allows you to explore the unique collection of medieval buildings in Lavenham, the most spectacular of the wool towns.
Mileage: Rec 23 Min 11 Max 33
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