• 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.

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, 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

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

When exploring The Suffolk Coast by bike, you will more than likely come across a river or stream. Thanks to the Foot Ferries in Walberswick, Butley, Bawdsey and Harwich though, 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 click here to download the timetable, please note that this is last year's guide for contact information only, services may well have changed due to Covid-19 restrictions, please check with the individual operator before planning your trip to avoid disappointment:

Suffolk Town, Themed and Leisure Routes & Maps

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. 

Cycle Hire

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/

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. 

Annual Cycle Events on The Suffolk Coast

Please note that due to COVID-19, these cycle events may not be taking place. Please see individual websites for further details.

30th May 2021 - Ride Suffolk

13th June - Suffolk 100

21 July 2021 - Dunwich Dynamo

9th October 2021 - Women's Tour of Britain




Things to see and do

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 plus quality bike hire too!

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We're Good to Go

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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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible