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Castles & Vineyards

Tour: 3B
Circular Cycling Holiday
Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday

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. Read More



Start Day

Any Day

Board Basis

Bed & Breakfast

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3 Days, 2 Nights


Feb - Nov

Tour Grade

Grade 1 (Very Easy)

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A taste of Suffolk wine, a picturesque working windmill and historic Framlingham castle are some of the highlights of this great little tour around rural Suffolk.

“A very enjoyable cycling weekend, we liked the idea of a range of route choices linked to places of interest, and the accommodation was very good. The length of the route was just right for the day. Will definitely recommend Cycle Breaks to friends.” Ms L. (Letchworth)

Tour Code:
Circular Cycling Holiday, Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday
3 Days, 2 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 tea & wine to windmills 

Head through the lanes to Debenham, a pretty village with its over-hanging houses and antique shops, then on to Saxtead Green. Here you can visit the beautifully restored 18c post mill and, perhaps, take refreshment at the inn nearby. A detour to one of the vineyards in the area is well worth the visit.

You spend the night in the quiet market town of Framlingham where the 12th century castle, the one-time home of Mary Tudor, and church are both superb.

Mileage: Rec 22 Min 21 Max 38

Day 3 Model farm and Tudor Manor

Today you’ll travel through Easton home of what was, at one time, the longest ‘crinkle-crankle’ wall in the world. You can visit Easton Farm Park a model farm with a unique Victorian dairy, walk through the gardens surrounding the fine Elizabethan Helmingham Hall, perhaps stopping for a cream tea, then on back to Needham Market. A detour to Woodbridge with its Tide Mill and many excellent places to eat adds an extra feature to the tour.

Mileage: Rec 22 Min 22 Max 32

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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 and a 3 star hotel in Framlingham.

We are pleased to discuss details on request.

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