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Woodbridge & the Coast

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

Set off to explore the delightful market town of Framlingham with its imposing castle or the post-mill at Saxtead en-route to Woodbridge. Located on the Deben, this is a great place to spend a couple of nights with its inviting waterfront, historic tide mill, great collection of browsable little shops and architectural delights down every tiny street. A choice of circular rides from here proposes visits to Snape, Orford, Shingle Street, Sutton Hoo and Felixstowe. 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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Spend two nights in the lovely little town of Woodbridge with a choice of circular rides visiting Snape, Orford, Shingle Street, Sutton Hoo and Felixstowe. All this after previously calling in at Saxtead Mill and Framlingham Castle.

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


Day 1 Arrive & explore

Arrive at Needham Market, explore the area and spend your first night in or near this small market town.

Day 2 Past the windmill and castle to a riverside treat

Cycle east via the colour washed houses and antique shops of Debenham to Saxtead Green, where you can walk around the beautifully restored windmill. The superb 12c castle, complete with massive earthworks and curtain wall, awaits a few miles further at Framlingham. Your route then turns south to the charming little town of Woodbridge, which is your base for the next two nights.

Mileage: Rec 34 Min 18 Max 40

Day 3 Wild coast & warrior kings

Either a rest day in Woodbridge or an opportunity to see some of the beautiful and unspoilt coastline.
You can complete a circuit of the Deben estuary visiting the traditional seaside resort of Felixstowe before taking a small ferry across the river mouth. Alternatively, you can drop in on the arts community at Snape Maltings and see Orford Castle and the Ness, Shingle Street and the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo. Boat trips can also be taken on the Alde, from Snape and Orford, or on the Deben, from Waldringfield.

Mileage: Min 0 Max 48 Rec 11, 25, 30, 31,3 5, 38 or 42

Day 4 A colourful route homeward

An opportunity to explore the quay and Tide Mill at Woodbridge before cycling through rural Suffolk to return to Needham Market, possibly stopping for a cream tea at the beautiful Helmingham Hall Gardens on the way.
Further options include a riverside pint and possible boat trip, or a peaceful walk through the woodland garden at Blakenham.

Mileage: Rec 19 Min 18 Max 28

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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

An historic 4 star inn in Rickinghall and a selected 3 star hotel in central Woodbridge (2 nights).

We are pleased to discuss details on request.

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