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Norfolk Tours - Brecks & Beaches

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.

Tour details

Tour Name
Brecks & Beaches
Tour Reference
N5
Tour Duration
5 days and 4 nights
Start Day
Any Day
Tour Grade
2-3
Board Basis
Bed & Breakfast
Price
From £536 to £563 per person
Accommodation

is located in Watton, Swaffham and Fakenham. Selected properties include a 3 star hotel, an unrated boutique hotel and an unrated, but special historic property. We are pleased to discuss details on request.

Tour at a Glance

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 and on to the ancient ports on the North Norfolk coast.

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Itinerary

Day One - Arrive & relax
Arrive at your hotel, just outside Watton, where your bikes will be provided after breakfast the following morning.

Day Two – From Neolithic miners to Tudor Queens
Travelling through Breckland woods and heath, you reach moated Oxburgh Hall, one of the most romantic and picturesque Tudor Great Houses in the country. (Well worth the detour is a visit to Grimes Graves, where you can descend by ladder to the Neolithic flint mines.) On to Cockley Cley, a reconstruction of an Iceni village set along-side a Saxon church and medieval forge. Finally into Swaffham for the night. Its wedged-shaped market place, flanked by graceful 18th century buildings, make Swaffham one of Norfolk's most attractive market towns.

 

Mileage: Min 9 Max 36 Rec 22

Day Three – Market towns & hidden villages
This morning you journey to Castle Acre. The tiny walled 'town', the atmospheric ruins of Castle Acre Priory and the Castle - the great Norman house and fortress - provide a rewarding break. Your route now takes you over the 'roof of Norfolk' (a towering height of 95m!) through peaceful countryside to Fakenham on the banks of the River Wensum. You stay two nights in the Fakenham area.

 

Mileage: Min 21 Max 33 Rec23

Day Four – Circular route options
The area of Fakenham, a traditional market town, makes a perfect base for a choice of circular routes exploring North Norfolk and the coast. At Little Walsingham, a vision in 1061 inspired the building of a replica of the Holy House in Nazareth. Enclosed in a stone chapel in the 15th century, it became a place of pilgrimage second only to Canterbury. On the Wells-Walsingham Light Railway you can 'steam' to the Norfolk Coast. Alternatively, you can cycle to Wells next the Sea. Here, the ancient quay, narrow streets with flint faced cottages and shops are a must to explore. The sand dunes of Holkham Bay and the sleepy creeks and back waters of Burnham Overy Staithe give you a real feel for the haunting Norfolk Coast.

 

Mileage: Min 16 Max 44

Day Five – Old ways & lost settlements
Returning to Watton, you travel through a myriad of pretty villages. The Norfolk Rural Life Museum and Union Farm is well worth a visit, while at the Saxon village of Godwick you can explore the well preserved earthworks which define the sunken village street and house plots either side.

 

Mileage: Min 27 Max 35 Rec 27

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