The Suffolk Coast
  • Cycling on The Suffolk Coast

Cycling on The Suffolk Coast

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. 

Cycle Breaks

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



Things to see and do


Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters offer a friendly face in a new place. Whether you are moving into Suffolk, visiting for the first time, or want to experience the outstanding landscapes of the Suffolk Coast in a new way our growing network of volunteer Greeters could help. 

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold

Unlike a larger town there aren’t any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedalling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks

Ipswich

Supported, gentle cycling & walking holidays along the Suffolk Coast as well as in Constable Country & The Wool Towns and Norfolk and quality bike hire too!

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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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