The county of Suffolk and in particular our beautiful Suffolk Coast has become a mecca for cyclists. With rolling countryside, coastal roads and winding country lanes, a day out on two wheels is the perfect way to explore our coastline.
We’ve put together a few cycle route suggestions, and included a few ideas for stops along the way!
1. Starting off in the historical market town of Beccles
, head toward the beautiful village of Sotterly, past the old chapel and estate. Continuing through Wangford (stopping off for breakfast if you had an early start or a bite to eat and cold beverage at The Angel Inn). After a refreshment stop, carry on passing through Reydon and onto the seaside town of Southwold,
where you can reward yourself with an ice cream on the Pier
and a pastry from Two Magpies Bakery
, before heading back.
2. The route starts on the sea front in Felixstowe
, where you can grab an ice cream or hot donut to set you up for the journey! You will pass the pier before moving through the town centre. A stretch through the countryside then follows along the Suffolk Coast and Heaths path
, which takes you to the outskirts of Ipswich via the pretty village of Levington. The Ship Inn
, which dates back to the 13th century is the ideal spot for enjoy a hearty lunch whilst enjoying the views of the River Orwell. Time to work off your lunch, you now have a short but pleasant stretch through Landseer and Holywells Parks before passing by the marina and docks and heading into the centre of Ipswich, finishing next to the tourist information centre.
3. Take a tour through villages, country estates and ancient woodlands along this route through villages around Carlton Colville near Lowestoft
. Along this route you can discover a ‘church within a church’ and take a ride aboard a 1930’s tram at the East Anglia Transport Museum.
Starting in the village of Carlton Colville, you will travel onwards through Rushmere, Henstead and Wrentham, stopping off at Cove Hithe beach
for a picnic to set you up for the return journey through Stoven, Sotterly, Hulver Street and Mutford before finishing back at your starting point.
4. Who says cycling and ale don’t mix! This 13 mile route through Bungay
and Homersfield takes you past St Peter’s Brewery and onto to St Elmams Hall and Batemans Barn so there’s plenty of places to stop for some liquid refreshment!
If you fancy going a little of course, check be sure to check out these off road cycle spots:
1. Dunwich Heath and Beach
2. Covehithe Beach
3. Rendlesham Forest