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Lavenham & the Pink-washed Villages of Suffolk

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

This very gentle Suffolk experience allows plenty of time to linger and explore some of Suffolk’s best-loved picturesque villages. If you’re not sure how far you can pedal, this is a really great tour to get away on. You’ll soon be rewarded with half-timbered Lavenham, Kersey’s water-splash, medieval guildhalls, inns and thatched cottages galore. Go easy, enjoy a relaxing massage or round of golf at your first hotel and look forward to winding down the lanes and the whole pace of life. Read More



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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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This tour has been specially planned to provide a very gentle tour for those wishing to try out a cycling holiday for the first time, giving ample opportunity to linger and explore the historic ‘Wool Towns’ and villages.

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


Day 1 Arrive & relax

Arrive at the Stoke-by-Nayland Club and enjoy the superb facilities including golf, a magnificent pool and fitness centre, sauna and steam room, and a chance for soothing massage or beauty treatment.

Day 2 Spinning wheels & wool towns

Take delivery of your bikes and cycle out through Stoke by Nayland to the historic town of Hadleigh with its fine old high street and pretty riverside walks. Then on to Kersey where you can feed the resident ducks in this most beautiful village of merchants’ houses and weavers’ cottages. Continue to Chelsworth, described as one of the most entrancing villages in England, lined with beech and chestnut trees in the valley of the River Brett. Finally to Bildeston for your overnight stop amongst the timber framed cottages and overhanging upper storeys in this once important ’Wool Town.’

Mileage: Rec 17 Min 17 Max 18

Day 3 The medieval masterpiece

A short route today via the pretty village of Brettenham. This allows you maximum time to explore the medieval streets of Lavenham, perhaps taking an audio tour, visiting the wonderful Guildhall or simply wander through the quaint streets and galleries.

Mileage: Rec 12 Min 7 Max 16

Day 4 Colourful cottages and Constable Country

After a leisurely breakfast, head south to Boxford, a pretty huddle of houses and cottages, colour washed in pale pink, off white and pastel green. A short pedal, via Polstead Pond, returns you to the Stoke by Nayland Club.

Mileage: Rec 14 Min 11 Max 15

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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 hotels in Stoke by Nayland (pool, spa and sports facilities) and Lavenham (spa facilities); a 3 star hotel in Bildeston.

We are pleased to discuss details on request.

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