• 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 for everyone.

We've put together a selection of routes and key information which will help all cyclists explore our beautiful coast and countryside on two wheels.

Of course, once you've decided on your route, why not check out places to stop and eat, things to see and do along the way, a whole load of wonderful experiences to take part in, and for those who want a real adventure places to stay en route, all our guides are searchable by town to make it extra easy to plan!

Suffolk Coasts & Heaths Cycling Explorer Guides

TTDA - Cycling - Tunstall Forest

These handy cycling explorer guides feature maps and information about what you might see on your journey - download 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 up for the ride. Serving traditional breakfast including local Blythburgh pork sausages, eggs, kippers and freshly made omelettes, the perfect way to start the day!  Upon arrival at the picturesque village of Westleton, pop into The Westleton Crown for a pot of tea or lunch, before heading on to RSPB 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 a dip in the sea and an ice cream at the cafe on the beach is the perfect way to end the day's activity.

Snape and Orford

Starting at Snape Maltings, you're spoilt for choice for places to 'fill your boots'; MALT serves a selection of sandwiches, rolls, salads, cakes and pastries, along with MALT blend coffee, MALT-Shakes and a selection of cold drinks and loose leaf teas from 9am - 5pm Monday - Saturday and 9am - 4pm Sunday. For seaonal lunch dishes, visit the River View Cafe & Bar or stop by The Quay Hut for teas, coffees, cakes and ice creams, perfect for a quick bite or food on the go. If a picnic is what you fancy, stop by the  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. Or pay a visit to the famous Pump Street Bakery for a delicious hot chocolate and pastry. Pinney's will set you up with the most delicious treats, including it's famous smoked salmon and stilton to pack into your panniers for later!

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: https://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/visiting/visitor-guides/cycle-guides/)

The Wolf Way

The Wolf Way - Cycling Route in Suffolk

The Wolf Way is a 248 mile/400km cycling adventure around Suffolk. Winding its way around many of the best bridleways, byways, gravel tracks, cycle paths and quiet back roads, it takes in some of Suffolk’s most beautiful locations and hidden gems.

Find out more here: www.cyclinguk.org/route/wolf-way

Foot Ferries on The Suffolk coast

When exploring The Suffolk Coast by bike, you will more than likely come across a river that needs to be navigated across. Thanks to the Foot Ferries in Walberswick, Butley, Bawdsey, Felixstowe and Harwich, your cycle ride needn't come to an end!

Every year, the ferries enable hundreds of walkers and cyclists to explore the region, and it's estimated that by taking the four ferries, you save over 75 miles of travel on the roads!

For more information, check out our guide to the Four Foot Ferries of The Suffolk Coast, or download the timetable below, please check with the individual operator before planning your trip to avoid disappointment:


Suffolk Town, Themed and Leisure Routes & Maps

Cycling - people cycling on road

You can download Suffolk town cycle maps at the The Way to Go website: https://thewaytogosuffolk.org.uk/cycling/

For leisure and themed routes including churches, copses and country lanes, a painter's trail and a brewery tour, plus many more, click here: https://www.discoversuffolk.org.uk

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. 

Southwold Cycle Hire

TTDA - Southwold Cycle Hire -  bike on beach

Southwold Cycle Hire you has a wide range of mountain bikes and all cycles available for hire, with helmet, lock and a pump also provided as standard. Bicycles with carriers, child seats and tag-alongs are also available on request so even toddlers and young children can still see the county in the best possible way.

There is no deposit necessary, and Southwold Cycle Hire’s flexible hire scheme means that you can rent a bike for any length of time from a day, right up to two weeks. Even better, their price scheme is designed so the longer you take your bike for, the more money you save!

Book online at https://www.southwoldcyclehire.co.uk/


TTDA - Eezybike - Couple on bikes in Aldeburgh

Eezybike are an independent E-bike rental company, with three hubs in Suffolk: Aldeburgh, Bury St Edmunds and Orford.

Offering a Click and Collect E-bike rental service, you can book your preferred dates online and one of the Eezybike team will be there to greet you, with a run through and demo of the bikes. With super comfy seats, fat tyres and a step through design, you will be smiling for miles.

Head to the idyllic coastal village of Orford and the Jolly Sailor pub; using the click and collect service, you can explore nearby Rendlesham Forest, the River Deben and Woodbridge, and further on to Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh and Tunstall Forest.

Book online at https://eezybike.co.uk/

Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks - Bikes next to gorse bushes and beach

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. 



If you are looking to explore The Suffolk Coast on two wheels but not sure where to start, an OnVenture weekend can cover it all. Whether you're wanting a guided cycle tour or self-guided tour, the highly experienced team will work with you to find a tour to suit your ability and your interests. Plus, if you're looking for something a little more bespoke, the OnVenture team can assist with this too. All you need is your helmet, bike and cycle attire. Even your accommodation and weekend adventure is taken care of!

The Tour of Britain 2023

Tour of Britain

The UK's longest-running and most prestigious international cycle race  is coming to The Suffolk Coast on 7 September 2023!

Stage five of The Tour of Britain 2023 will start in Felixstowe before setting off to Ipswich, then through Babergh and Mid Suffolk, the heart of the county’s countryside, travelling on through Kesgrave, Hadleigh, Needham Market and Stowmarket.

From there it will travel through the Suffolk Coast onto Ipswich, Framlingham, Saxmundham, Leiston, Snape and Woodbridge before the stage culminates in Felixstowe by the pier and world-famous port.

Check out our Tour of Britain guide for more information!

Annual Cycle Events on The Suffolk Coast

Please see individual websites for full information and further details.

19 May 2024 - RIDE Suffolk Sunrise

June 2024 - Suffolk 100

June 2024 - Beccles Cycle for Life

July 2024 - Dunwich Dynamo

Things to see and do

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire


Pick up bikes from the beachside hut in Southwold or get cycles delivered to you!

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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Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks


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

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