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Tours - History, Hoofbeats & Cambridge too

Dip into Cambridgeshire from Suffolk on this places-to-visit- packed tour which leads you through picture-perfect weavers’ villages, and across the higher heaths of England’s horse-racing capital, Newmarket, to the bustling, bike-filled university city of Cambridge. Fine art treasures abound in the stately homes and museums along the way and there’s a great crop of rural pubs and picnic stops. You’ll need to give way to horses or the occasional duck in places, and be prepared for a few gentle climbs along the quiet country lanes.

Tour details

Tour Name
History, Hoofbeats & Cambridge too
Tour Reference
7E
Tour Duration
7 days and 6 nights
Start Day
Any Day
Tour Grade
2-3
Board Basis
Bed & Breakfast
Price
From £589 to £619 per person
Accommodation

is located near Needham Market, in Lavenham, in Cavendish, in central Cambridge(2 nights) and in Bury St Edmunds. Selected properties include a 4 or 5 star guest house; two 4 star historic inns and two 4 star hotels, one in central Cambridge. We are pleased to discuss details on request.

Tour at a Glance

Dip into Cambridgeshire from Suffolk on this places-to-visit- packed tour which leads you through picture-perfect weavers’ villages, and across the higher heaths of England’s horse-racing capital, Newmarket, to the bustling, bike-filled university city of Cambridge. Fine art treasures abound in the stately homes and museums along the way and there’s a great crop of rural pubs and picnic stops. You’ll need to give way to horses or the occasional duck in places, and be prepared for a few gentle climbs along the quiet country lanes.

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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 – Weaving through the wool towns
Setting out from rural Needham Market, half-timbered wool towns unfold to charm you. Historic Hadleigh, the hillside huddles of medieval cottages at Kersey, sleepy flower-filled Chelsworth are simply an introduction leading up to the finest medieval prize of all at Lavenham. What a very special Suffolk place to stay over.

Mileage: Rec: 29 Min 16 Max 33

Day Three - Stately homes & castle keeps
Long Melford ‘s antique shops will tempt you, but don’t miss Melford Hall with its Beatrice Potter connections or Kentwell Hall, renowned for re-enactments of Tudor life. Gentle rolling countryside guides you to the imposing Norman keep and compact medieval village of Castle Hedingham, before pedalling through picturesque wool villages to the pretty pink thatched cottages on the Green at Cavendish. You stay in the very heart of this charming village in a fine, favourite inn.

Mileage: Rec: 28 Min 28 Max 30

Day Four - Heading over the border
As you pedal forth to the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire borders, the landscape opens up with some stunning panoramas. Stud farms appear between the villages with glimpses of smart racehorses in the fenced fields. Your overnight is in the centre of the renowned university city of Cambridge. Relax and enjoy this vibrant place - perhaps plan a spot of punting for the morning? There are plenty of places to drink in the atmosphere and a wonderful selection of restaurants to choose from, not to mention all the cultural delights from concerts to chapel services.

Mileage: Rec: 28 Min 28 Max 30

Day Five - Colleges & Kings
Enjoy a day at leisure when you reach your hotel on the outskirts of Cambridge. Nearby Anglesey Abbey has inspiring vistas and amazing artefacts ,but head into the city for some serious sightseeing. Here, historic colleges line the streets, sharing life with chic shopping opportunities. Don’t miss King’s or Trinity, Darwin’s collections in the University Museum of Zoology, the amazing fine art in the Fitzwilliam Museum and be sure to jump in a punt to see the colleges from ‘The Backs’. You stay in the centre of Cambridge for a second night.

Day Six – Horses everywhere
There’s no need to race back into Suffolk towards elegant Bury St Edmunds, but you’ll see packhorse bridges and plenty of sleek racehorses in and around Newmarket. Take time here to visit the National Horseracing Museum or National Stud perhaps. Heading over the heaths, you might detour to West Stow and its Anglo Saxon village before reaching the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, with its beautiful abbey gardens, England’s smallest pub - the Nutshell, and your comfortable accommodation in the old town area.

Mileage: Rec: 31 Min 30 Max 40

Day Seven - Heading homeward
Finally, as your leave bustling historic Bury, your route weaves through rolling countryside, past mills and picturesque rural villages to Needham Market.

Mileage: Rec: 31 Min 20 Max 35

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