As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with many of Suffolk's coastal towns situated along National Cycling Networks, The Suffolk Coast offers year round cycling in Suffolk.
We've put together a selection of routes and key information which will help all cyclists explore our beautiful coast and country on two wheels.
Suffolk Coasts & Heaths Cycling Explorer Guides
Cycling Explorer Guides
These handy cycling explorer guides feature maps and information about what you might see on your journey - print the PDF and take it with you.
We've picked a couple of our favourites, and have included some well-known drinking and eating spots to stop at along the way...
Dunwich and Minsmere
The route commences at Dunwich, and if you're planning an early start, breakfast at The Ship is sure to set you on your way. Serving traditional breakfast including local Blythburgh pork sausages, eggs, kippers and freshly made omelettes. Upon arrival at Westleton, pop into The Westleton Crown for a pot of tea or lunch, before heading on to Minsmere to spot some of the UK's rarest wildlife. Carrying on to Greyfriars Priory, sit amongst the ruins for a perfect picnic spot, or continue back to Dunwich where an ice cream at the cafe on the beach awaits you.
Snape and Orford
Starting at Snape Maltings, you're spoilt for choice for places to 'fill your boots'; Cafe 1885 serves an all-day brunch whilst the Granary Tea Shop serves teas, coffees and cakes. If a picnic is what you fancy, stop by the Fresh Food Pantry or Food Hall to pick up award-winning local produce that you can nibble along the way.
After a quick snack stop and wander around St Botolph's Church, continue on to Orford. After exploring the castle, make your way to the quay for a picnic or visit the Crown and Castle where lunch dishes include Home-potted brown shrimps and Pump Street granary toast and Orford-landed skate, sautéed grapes & almonds, spinach and new potatoes.
Download the maps from the links below:
(Some of the guides are available to purchase from Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB - find out more here: http://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/publications/walking-and-cycling-guides/cycle-explorer-guides/)
Suffolk Town Cycle Route Maps
Download Suffolk cycle route maps here. You will also find information on the Bike & Go hire scheme that Abellio Greater Anglia operate from train stations and Suffolk County Council’s cycle strategy.
Themed and Leisure Cycle Routes
Click here to find a selection of leisure cycle routes including churches, copses and country lanes, a painter's trail and a brewery tour, plus many more.
National Cycle Network
These routes are generally off-road or along quiet roads. The network is managed by Sustrans, the national sustainable transport charity.
Suffolk is home to two National Cycle Network routes:
- Cycle Route 1 is the main north/south route through Suffolk, travelling all the way from Stratford St Mary to Beccles, before entering Norfolk
- Cycle Route 51 goes west/east, travelling from Cambridge to Felixstowe.
Why not try a supported, gentle cycling holiday along the Suffolk Coast? Cycle Breaks are specialists in self-guided cycling holidays and bike tours. They will arrange your accommodation, luggage transportation, quality bike hire (or bring your own), along with delightful routes along quiet country lanes and mechanical assistance on call to give you peace of mind. Or if you'd like to hire bikes during your visit then make sure you get in touch with Southwold Cycle Hire, they'll cater for the whole family!
Upcoming Cycle Events on The Suffolk Coast
7th May 2017 - Suffolk Sunrise 100
8th/9th July 2017 - Dunwich Dynamo
Date to be confirmed - Suffolk Coast Bike Ride
30th July 2017 - Cycling Weekly Suffolk Spinner Sportive
Dates to be confirmed - Crafted Classique