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Norfolk Tours - Brecks to Broads

Watch the haunting heathlands of the Brecks, far-reaching farmlands, creeks and coastline unfold under your two wheels and one enormous Norfolk sky as they eventually deliver you to the county's vibrant and historic city of Norwich. Admire the boats on rivers, sea and the Broads along the way, but cruise by bike through charming hamlets, past red brick Jacobean mansions, silvery flint cottages, bright village greens or market squares lined with smart Georgian facades. The low-lying landscapes make for relaxed cycling on small roads and quiet country lanes, or the traffic-free paths of the Marriot's Way- one of the Mr Beeching's Norfolk legacies.

Tour details

Tour Name
Brecks to Broads
Tour Reference
N8TN
Tour Duration
8 days and 7 nights
Start Day
Any Day
Tour Grade
2-3
Board Basis
Bed & Breakfast
Price
From £754 to £792 per person
Accommodation

is located in Thetford, Swaffham, near Fakenham in Aylsham and Norwich. Selected properties include one 4 star and one 3 star hotels, an unrated boutique hotel and two unrated, but special historic properties. We are pleased to discuss details on request.

Tour at a Glance

Watch the haunting heathlands of the Brecks, far-reaching farmlands, creeks and coastline unfold under your two wheels and one enormous Norfolk sky as they eventually deliver you to the county's vibrant and historic city of Norwich. Admire the boats on rivers, sea and the Broads along the way, but cruise by bike through charming hamlets, past red brick Jacobean mansions, silvery flint cottages, bright village greens or market squares lined with smart Georgian facades. The low-lying landscapes make for relaxed cycling on small roads and quiet country lanes, or the traffic-free paths of the Marriot's Way- one of the Mr Beeching's Norfolk legacies.

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Itinerary


Day One - Arrive & explore
Arrive at Thetford, explore the area and spend your first night in or near this historic market town. Your bikes will be provided after breakfast the following morning.

Day Two - Time-honoured pathways of discovery
Setting out fromThetford, you'll soon pick up sections of Hereward's Way and Peddars Way as you head north through the woods and heaths of the Brecks towards Swaffham. Explore moated Oxburgh Hall, one of the most romantic and picturesque Tudor Great Houses in the country. 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: Rec: 22 Min 9 Max 39

Day Three - Market towns and 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: Rec: 25 Min 23 Max 35

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 - Fishing heritage & Georgian gems
Up the coast to Blakeney, an ancient port busy with craft small enough to make the passage up the narrow channel from the sea. From Holt, you can take a steam train to Sheringham through some of the best scenery in Norfolk. Then on to Aylsham for the next two nights.

Mileage: Rec: 37 Min 28 Max 43

Day Six - Circular route - bright and beautiful Broads
Cycle to Wroxham for a boat trip on the Norfolk Broads. More time can be spent on the water if you (and your bike) take the narrow gauge steam railway back to Aylsham. Alternatively you may wish to spend the day at nearby Blickling Hall.

Mileage: Min 7 Max 25

Day Seven - Heading to the big city
Cycling along parts of the traffic free Marriots Way, an old railway line, your route follows many peaceful and secluded stretches. Take in the impressive loneliness of enormous Salle church and the Georgian splendour of Reepham before heading towards the hubbub and cultural deluge of Norwich for your last night away. With its fantastic Norman castle and nine hundred year old cathedral, great shopping and countless historic pubs and fine medieval churches, it makes a fitting flint finale to a tour which starts near the Neolithic flintstone mines of the haunting Brecks.

Mileage: Rec: 25 Min 25 Max 32

Day Eight - A fond farewell
Depart after breakfast or perhaps have an extra night and spend more time exploring Norwich City

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