Accommodation is in Needham Market, Halesworth and Westleton.
Accommodation is in one 2 star and two 3 star properties.Our upgrade offers 3 star properties throughout.
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Detail page intro: A really enjoyable rural route full of local colour. This tour sets out from Needham Market to a stay near the heritage coast itself just a pedal push away from hauntingly beautiful heathlands, forests, creeks and shingle stretches. Highlights include historic market towns such as Halesworth; the FramlinghamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 12th century curtain wall castle; Dunwich Heath and the cliff-top ruins of the Grey Friars; Southwold with its lighthouse, beach huts and refined seaside charm; a moated Tudor manor house with real English country gardens and an endless crinkle-crankle wall disappearing into the distance at Easton on the return stretch.
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 – Market towns & more
Leave Needham Market to head out via the leaning legacies of Debenham and countless historic hamlets to friendly Framlingham, the second market town on the clock with its bustling square and 12th century castle. From here it’s a short pedal past outstretched vineyards, through rolling rural landscapes to timeless Peasenhall and Sibton - little villages with lots of character. Walpole is the next cluster of time-honoured cottages, home also to a unique historic chapel. Finally market town number three comes in to view. Halesworth, where you will spend your overnight, has recently proved itself to be an up-and-coming Suffolk ‘arty’ favourite.
Mileage: Rec 35 Min 35 Max 37
Day Three – Windmills & waders
Today, it's time to answer the call of the coast by heading east, past the post mill at Holton on the outskirts of Halesworth and on to the refined greens, white lighthouse, tasteful pier and brewery delights of Southwold. Lean up your bike against a canon on Gun Hill perhaps, look out to sea and share more sobering thoughts about the Battle of Sole Bay. Across the creek and on through the fishing village of Walberswick, there’s a shady forest ride and glorious heathland close to the clifftops at Dunwich. If you’re up for it, why not go off-road to the RSPB’s famous bird reserve at Minsmere? The choice is yours, but either way, your route will lead you to the delightful village of Westleton where you'll be nestling down for the night.
Mileage: Rec 24 Min 23 Max 29
Day Four – Rural return
The return route meanders almost as much as the famous redbrick crinkle-crankle wall in the thatched estate village of Easton. Two Bells, a Crown and three White Horses mark the way back, signs that sleepy Suffolk villages are still very much alive and welcoming. Stop for a pint perhaps or delight in a banquet of local herbaceous border colour at Helmingham Hall, before returning to Needham Market.
Mileage: Rec 34 Min 34 Max 38
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