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Historic Towns & Villages of Suffolk

Tour: 6C
Circular Cycling Holiday
Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday

Take a tour full of contrasts from one side of Suffolk to the other. From Constable Country and the rolling Stour Valley on the Essex border, wind through country lanes to explore West Suffolk’s famous wool towns like Long Melford and half-timbered idyll, Lavenham. Take a look at the eccentric rotunda stately home at Ickworth – currently a fascinating restoration project – and enjoy its gardens and parklands en route to historic Bury St Edmunds. As you get closer to the flat fertile edges of Norfolk, the skies seem somehow even bigger and bluer. The Bloom family’s famous Bressingham Gardens are huge and colourful too - a real treat before pedalling back through some more of Suffolk’s precious village gems like Eye and Debenham. Read More



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Bed & Breakfast

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6 Days, 5 Nights


Jan - Nov

Tour Grade

Grade 2 (Easy)

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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. Gentle cycling along quiet country lanes with history around almost every corner, plus some truly historic highlights in the vibrant market town of Bury St Edmunds.

Tour Code:
Circular Cycling Holiday, Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday
6 Days, 5 Nights
Board Basis:
Bed & Breakfast
Jan - Nov


Day 1 Arrive & explore

Arrive at Needham Market / directly in Bildeston, a delightfully historic wool town with a square and clocktower, church with a fascinating story surrounding its tower and little streets lined with half-timbered and colourful houses.

Day 2 A painter’s home & inspiration 

Travelling through quiet villages you reach East Bergholt, the birthplace of John Constable. Discover the unique bell cage at the church, then pedal on to Flatford Mill, once owned by Golding Constable, the painter’s father. 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 Stourside 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 3 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 Lavenham, famous the world over for its guildhall and jumble of half-timbered buildings.

Mileage: Rec 27 Min 20 Max 33

Day 4 Bury beautiful indeed 

Drop in to take a look at Ickworth House – a rather eccentric rotunda set in wonderful parkland and gardens. Bury St Edmunds, an ancient market town, full of history and old Suffolk charm awaits, offering museums, gardens and a cathedral to visit as well as a great array of shops and modern arcades. Walk through the massive stone gateway to the ruined abbey flanked by the beautiful Abbey Gardens – now celebrating 1000 years since the Abbey’s foundation. The cathedral with its millennium tower is nothing but impressive, but the Theatre Royal – a rare Regency gem – is a must too. There’s a twice weekly market and a chance for a drink at The Nutshell, the smallest pub in Britain – or what about a Greene King brewery tour?

Mileage: Rec20 Min 17 Max 29

Day 5 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, Bressingham Gardens are famous for plant, shrub and alpine collections and its outstanding railway and steam museum also has a great Dad’s Army exhibition. You’ll spend the night at Rickinghall near Diss, a village of two halves that’s joined at the hip with historic Botesdale.

Mileage: Rec 35 Min 28 Max 38

Day 6 A final rare find or two 

Leaving Rickinghall, you may wish to loop along to visit the wartime museum and airfield at Thorpe Abbots before heading to Wingfield where the magnificent medieval great hall of Wingfield Old College masquerades as a Georgian house. Perhaps stop for a drink at the historic pub across the lane, before continuing to Debenham with its little shops and village green, before returning to Bildeston /Needham Market.

Mileage: Rec 34 Min 24 Max 49



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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)
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Costs of getting to and from the start point

Accommodation Options

Selected 4 star hotels in Lavenham and Bury St Edmunds; 3 star hotels in Dedham and Bildeston; an historic 4 star inn at Rickinghall near to the market town of Diss.

We are pleased to discuss details on request.

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