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Suffolk Tours - Historic Towns & Villages of Suffolk

Take a tour full of contrasts from one side of Suffolk to the other. From the rolling Stour Valley on the Essex border wind through country lanes, West Suffolk’s wool towns and historic Bury St Edmunds and as you get closer to the flat fertile edges of Norfolk Norfolk, the skies seem somehow even bigger and bluer. Bressingham gardens are huge and colourful too: a real treat before pedalling back through some more of Suffolk’s precious village gems.

Tour details

Tour Name
Historic Towns & Villages of Suffolk
Tour Reference
6C
Tour Duration
6 days and 5 nights
Start Day
Any Day
Tour Grade
2-3
Board Basis
Bed & Breakfast
Price
From £542 to £569 per person
Accommodation

is located near Needham Market, in the Dedham area, in Long Melford, in Bury St Edmunds and in the Diss area. Selected properties include either a 4 or 5 star guest house; two 3 star hotels; an unrated, but very special historic inn and a TBC star hotel. We are pleased to discuss details on request.

Tour at a Glance

A tour full of contrasts, exploring the historic towns and picture book villages of West Suffolk, before heading north to the flat lands and big blue skies of Norfolk border country.

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Itinerary

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 – A painter’s home & inspiration
Travelling through quiet villages you reach East Bergholt the birthplace of John Constable then on to Flatford Mill. You can take a guided Constable appreciation tour, go rowing on the River Stour or simply relax in the riverside tea-room. Cycle on to the pretty village of Dedham, with antique shops and a craft market to explore, before reaching your hotel just outside the village.

Mileage: Rec 31 Min 19 Max 46

Day Three – Weaving around the wool towns
Today you visit the ‘Wool Town’ of Hadleigh, an ancient town whose buildings give evidence to its past prosperity. The rows of half-timbered houses dropping down the hillside to Kersey ford provide a splendid scene as well as the opportunity for a lunchtime pint. You spend the night in Long Melford, famous the world over for its historic long street and jumble of Tudor houses.

Mileage: Rec27 Min 20 Max 33

Day Four – Bury beautiful indeed
Drop in to wonderful Ickworth House on the way to Bury St Edmunds an ancient market town, full of history and old Suffolk charm. Here you can walk through the massive stone gateway to the ruined abbey flanked by beautiful gardens. The cathedral with its recently restored tower is nothing but impressive. There’s a twice weekly market and a chance for a drink at The Nutshell, the smallest pub in Britain.

Mileage: Rec20 Min 17 Max 29

Day Five – Blooming borders
Travelling from Bury St Edmunds you cycle northeast, passing Wyken Hall gardens and vineyard as you progress along exceptionally quiet lanes. On the Norfolk border you come to Bressingham Gardens famous for its plant and alpine collections, and its outstanding railway and steam museum. You’ll spend the night near Diss, a charming Norfolk town complete with a mere teaming with water fowl.

Mileage: Rec 35 Min 28 Max 38

Day Six – A final rare find or two
Leaving Diss you’ll head for 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 pretty village of Debenham, full of antique shops before returning to Needham Market.

Mileage: Rec 34 Min 24 Max 49

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