Cycling in Norfolk
Looking for information about cycling in Norfolk? Cycling UK’s guide to cycling in Norfolk gives you routes, events, clubs and advice to inspire you to cycle in the county.
Norwich – a fine place to cycle round, with a handsome old centre and cathedral area – is about as hectic as it gets round here. Away from the city, Norfolk is a rural county of quiet, picturesque villages, historic churches, big-sky coastlines and the unique watery landscape of the Broads.
There are no mountains to speak – a few hills here and there – but you’re best off with a mountain bike for the 46-mile Peddar’s Way, an almost totally off-road track that follows a Roman Road northwest from Knettishall Heath to Holme-next-the-Sea via pleasant Castle Acre.
There are a couple of railtrails – NCN1 north out of Norwich (part of the 26-mile Marriott’s Way loop), or up from Kings Lynn, for instance – but essentially cycle-touring here means roads. Not that there’s too much traffic away on the country lanes, though. The Norfolk Coast Cycleway is a 92-mile network of quiet roads that tracks NCN1 and NCN30 from Kings Lynn to Cromer and Great Yarmouth, with lovely views of the coastline and countryside.
En route you pass Happisburgh, known for its eroding coastline. Much of Norfolk’s cycle-touring charm comes from the lovely villages and towns you pass through, some of the most picturesque being Blakeney, Cley, Burnham Market, Holkham with its estate and nature reserve, and the pilgrimage village of Walsingham.
The Broads are arguably best explored by boat, but there are many bike trails through it. A quirky cycling experience is the tiny chain ferry at Reedham, the only crossing of the Yare for miles (so check it’s working before cycling the long cul-de-sac to get there).
Find out more including local groups: https://www.cyclinguk.org/cycle/cycling-norfolk
Norfolk cycling events: https://www.norfolkcyclingevents.co.uk/
Norfolk County Council: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/alternative-ways-to-travel/cycling
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