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Mid-Suffolk Mystery Tour

Tour: 2C
Circular Cycling Holiday
Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday

Suffolk is so full of secrets that even the smallest of cycling adventures can lead to great discoveries. Pedal out through gentle rolling countryside, along truly time-honoured lanes to meet mystery after mystery –a bizarre monk’s stone; a country garden in stained glass; the rural homelands of a Tudor Queen of France; a bridge where bridal parties fear to tread. Will you find Waddlegoose Lane? Or work out why one Waveney Valley village is both Superior and Inferior at the same time? Ponder as you push those pedals past commons, castles and churches, or stop to sip back and relax amidst the hollyhocks at some half-timbered wool town inn. Solve the mystery of how the freedom of two wheels and just one night away can make all the difference. Read More



Start Day

Any Day

Board Basis

Bed & Breakfast

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2 Days, 1 Night


Jan - Nov

Tour Grade

Grade 1 (Very Easy)

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With our great route info, there’ll be no mystery about where you are going on this super little Suffolk tour, so just settle into the saddle and enjoy the ride together with all sorts of discoveries along the way. Highlights include the mighty medieval church of Bacton; St Edmund’s martyrdom at Hoxne; floral village, Walsham-le-Willows; Eye Castle; medieval wool town, Debenham; Thorpe Abbotts WWII Control tower museum. If you are keen to discover Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens as part of this tour, this may be possible with extended mileages. We will be happy to discuss options.    

Tour Code:
Circular Cycling Holiday, Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday
2 Days, 1 Night
Board Basis:
Bed & Breakfast
Jan - Nov


Day 1 Arrive, set off & start solving the mysteries

Arrive at the small market town of Needham Market. Cycle along little Mid-Suffolk lanes through charming rural villages and past great greens. Why did friars preach from a stone and not from the pulpit in Mendlesham and where have all the angels flown to in the churches at Bacton and Wyverstone?

Walsham-le-Willows boasts an orchid walk, but the stained glass at St Mary’s offers year-round floral colour. A little further north, the original Suffolk terracotta pottery is across the way at Wattisfield, but near Hinderclay the village of Rickinghall near Diss and the Norfolk border finds itself joined at the hip with the ancient trading town of Botesdale. The recommended route includes Bressingham, the village on the Norfolk border which is home of the Bloom family’s famous gardens and steam collection. But just why is Adrian Bloom’s shrub garden called ‘Foggy Bottom’?

Stay over at Rickinghall in a comfortable historic inn and take a stroll along its long and hugely historic street – and you’ll soon discover that it has a bit of a complex!

Overnight: Rickinghall.

Mileage: Rec 34 Min 20 Max 35

Day 2 Flying through history from control towers to castles

 Why not take the longer route pehaps to nip into Norfolk for a short while today and spot a museum housed in the former control tower of a WWII American airbase? Back in Suffolk, the River Dove glides along through historic Hoxne where King Edmund was murdered, but who betrayed his hiding place under Goldbrook Bridge? The sleepy, steep-for-Suffolk village was once a major place of pilgrimage.

Next up, Eye – host to another wartime airfield site – has a 12th century motte and bailey castle with superb views of the adjacent flint church, one of Suffolk’s finest. However, what used to top the castle keep will surely set you in a spin. The half-timbered wool town of Debenham has evidence of a lock-up on its green and its church has a most unique and fascinating collection of porches. Packhorses walked the trading routes here in medieval times; today it’s all about shipping out the local Aspall Cider!

Stop to try the local brew, then try to discover the location of ‘Akenfield’ as you head across rural landscapes immortalised by Ronald Blythe in his picture of a Suffolk village. Finally, on your way back to Needham Market, take stock of the passage of time as pedal through the unassuming historic village of Coddenham, once a fine medieval manor and centuries before that even, the mighty home of one of East Anglia’s most significant Roman settlements.

Mileage: Rec 37 Min 20 Max 42

Please note that some attractions / places described on our routings may be seasonal, or only open on certain days of the week. To avoid disappointment, please always check with us to ensure that they are open on the day of your planned visit.

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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 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

The costs of getting to and from the startpoint

Accommodation Options

Staying in a 4 star historic inn in Rickinghall close to the bustling market town of Diss

We are pleased to discuss details on request.

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