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Suffolk Tours - Mid-Suffolk Railway Star

We’ve bust our buffers to bring you a rural Suffolk destination with a difference, where you’ll be both off the beaten track and on track every day for a superb Suffolk cycling short break or longer holiday. Bed down in your own historic railway carriage and pedal out to explore rolling river-valley landscapes all around. Halt at medieval wool towns like Eye and Debenham. Alight from your bike at Framlingham’s castle, King Edmund’s martyrdom, WWII airfields, grand gardens and tiny thatched churches. Enjoy the freedom of a self-catering stay with pool facilities and cycle as you please on up to 7 cycling itineraries. Real railway lovers will be chuffed to bits with the Mid Suffolk Light Railway across the lane and Bressingham’s locos just a cycle ride away. And if you’re afraid of running out of cycling steam, why climb aboard an electric bike for that extra bit of pedal power?  

Tour details

Tour Name
Mid-Suffolk Railway Star
Tour Reference
3M
Tour Duration
3 days and 2 nights
Start Day
Any Day
Tour Grade
1
Board Basis
0
Price
From £135 to £241 per person
Accommodation

is in comfortably converted railway carriages including a Guard’s Van, ‘Italian’ carriage or ’The Halt’ adjacent to a rural working steam museum near Eye. Self-catering only. Sole use of private pool facilities can be booked nearby. Extra nights and families welcome - see pricing section for full details. See accommodation layouts here.

When booking, please indicate preferred accommodation unit(s) in the special instructions section of the booking form. 

Tour at a Glance

Country, quirky and full of Suffolk history like no other, we’re well chuffed with this little cycling stay which also makes a wonderful family holiday. Enjoy a choice of rural railway carriage accommodation and cycle itineraries across gentle terrain to some of Suffolk’s most iconic castles, half-timbered villages and gardens. With everything from WWII memorial museums and mills to one of Benjamin Britten’s homelands, villages visited by the Witchfinder General and King Edmund’s murder mystery, there’s so much to discover as well as railway attractions – surely enough to whet anyone's whistle!

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Itinerary

There are up to 7 great circular rides to choose from to explore gently rolling river valleys, floodplains and fens; historic wool towns and tiny higgledy-piggledy villages; castles, churches, wartime airfield memorials and more. Each cycle route sets out from your rural railway siding accommodation near Eye.

Bikes are generally delivered around 9.30am on Day 2, but can be delivered on your arrival day by prior arrangement if you wish to get in the saddle straight away, with shorter routes being ideal for early explorations or just gentler cycling days. 

It is then totally up to you how much you choose to pedal out and explore, or stay ‘at home’ in your country carriage, maybe just pedalling up the road to enjoy the owner’s private swimming pool.      

Day One - Arrive & explore - Choice of circular rides

Arrive and relax, or perhaps pop across the lane to take a look at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum. If you have arranged early delivery of your bikes, you may also wish to saddle up and set off on a gentle circular cycling adventure to the half-timbered wool town of Debenham or the historic ‘island’ of Eye.  

Mileage: Min 13 Max 35

Day Two – Choice of circular rides

Mileage: Min 13 Max 35

Day Three – Choice of circular rides & depart

Mileage: Min 13 Max 35

Each of our circular rides take in great places to see and notable local attractions and include a number of options - so you can explore what you appeals to you, but still be comfortable with the mileages. You’ll find churches, picturesque landscapes, gardens and village greens as well as must-see destinations as each route has been carefully created to include great cycling plus plenty local colour to enjoy. Our detailed notes will provide plenty of suggestions for charming local refreshment stops along the way too. 

Head north to discover historic Suffolk heartlands including a WWII memorial museum just over the Norfolk border and the famous ‘Strike’ school. Discover the very spot of King Edmund’s murder and martyrdom at Hoxne, but see his story told through medieval paintings in a tiny church en route first, then trace his glory in the fine flint church at castle-town Eye. (34 miles/ 55 kms).

Explore great greens and magical fens around a trip to the Bloom family’s world-renowned gardens or Bressingham’s wide array of steam engine and Dad’s Army nostalgia trips. (34 miles / 55 kms)

Pedal out through gentle farmlands to villages great and small, steeped in history and discover a market town within a castle that’s also home to a crinkle-crankle wall, WWII airfield and one of Suffolk’s finest medieval churches. (16 miles / 25 kms)

Head south across greens and pleasant lands to the beautiful River Deben and its hugely historic wool town, Debenham (13 miles / 21kms) - perhaps add some castle capers with a longer pedal to Framlingham’s 12th century curtain-wall castle. (31 miles / 50 kms) or take a look at Helmingham Hall’s beautiful herbaceous borders on a tour leading alongside ancient Roman settlement lands by Stone Street (42 miles / 26 kms).

Or why not join the dots, between Eye, Hoxne and Debenham, heading eastwards across a landscape speckled with early priory, abbey and shrine sites, WWII airfields including a haunting field hospital. (28 miles / 45 kms)

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