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Castles & Rivers

Tour: 4E
Circular Cycling Holiday
Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday

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. Read More



Start Day

Any Day

Board Basis

Bed & Breakfast

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4 Days, 3 Nights


Feb - Nov

Tour Grade

Grade 2 (Easy)

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The towering 12th century fortresses of Framlingham and Orford dominate this tour which visits the tranquil Rivers Alde, Ore and Deben.

Tour Code:
Circular Cycling Holiday, Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday
4 Days, 3 Nights
Board Basis:
Bed & Breakfast
Feb - Nov


Day 1 Arrive & explore

Arrive at Needham Market, explore the area and spend your first night in or near this small market town.

Day 2 From half-timbered charms to Tudor chimneys

An excellent day’s ride to Debenham, a pretty village with its overhanging houses and antique shops, Saxtead Green’ s beautifully restored 18c post mill and into Framlingham. Here you stay the night with time to visit the massive castle in this lovely old market town.

Mileage: Rec 22 Min 21 Max 38

Day 3 A flavoursome day, Suffolk-style

Your first stop is Shawsgate Vineyard for a spot of wine tasting, then on to Snape Maltings home of the Aldeburgh Festival with its art galleries, craft shops and tea room on the banks of the River Alde.
Quiet lanes offer good views over salt marshes, the River Alde and Orford Ness, the nesting site for thousands of sea birds, as you cycle on to Orford, dominated by its impressive castle keep and famed for its oysters and smoked fish.

Mileage: Rec 20 Min 17 Max 38

Day 4 A wild or colourful route home

Today you may wish to take the short ferry trip to explore the wilds of Orford Ness. Then you have a wide choice as you return to Needham Market including the Tide Mill at Woodbridge and the beautiful gardens and tea-room at Helmingham Hall.

Mileage: Rec 31 Min 31 Max 41

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Ensuite accommodation as described with full English breakfast (prices based on two adults sharing)

Hire of hybrid bicycle and ancillary equipment (single pannier and handlebar bag or map holder, pump, basic tools, spare inner tube & puncture repair equipment, helmet if required)

Luggage transfer between hotels

Local assistance on call (we will attend for puncture repair in Suffolk)

Detailed itinerary with meticulously planned and researched routes following quiet country lanes with a choice of routes available each day (usually recommended, long and short)

Route notes, descriptions and use of good OS mapping (maps available on arrival). We pride ourselves on our detailed level of documentation which includes plenty of top tips for places to visit or for relaxing and sampling the local fare along the way. We send electronic versions of these documents by email approximately two weeks before your stay so you can plan ahead and look forward to your gentle cycling adventure

We have now switched the default navigation system to GPS – in our opinion this is now the most convenient method as it eliminates the need for frequent stops to check the map

  • We provide you with access to a premium GPS smartphone navigation app (IOS or Android) and send you links so that you can download all of the route options before you leave home.  We will provide a handlebar bracket for your phone if required; it is also recommended that you bring a spare battery/powerbank to make sure that your phone lasts the day
  • We can also provide GPS tracks in whatever format if you prefer to load them into your own GPS Unit
  • Finally, we can provide a limited number of GPS  units with the routes preloaded – this is on a first come first served basis – please let us know as soon as  you can if  you would like to use one
  • We will also provide OS 1:50,000 mapping on arrival as additional support to allow for any impromptu route changes
  • Traditional map-based navigation (using marked OS maps) is still available as an alternative at extra cost upon request (at least two weeks in advance)
Please note that the price EXCLUDES

Costs of getting to and from the start point

Accommodation Options

Selected 4 star historic inn in Rickinghall, 3 star hotel in Framlingham and an unrated, but comfortable and charactreful inn in the old port of Orford.

We are pleased to discuss details on request.

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