Cycling In Norfolk
Norfolk may be flat, but it’s a fantastic place to ride your bike. From the long, straight tracks of Marriotts Way to the undulating roads of the North Norfolk coast, Norfolk is one of our favourite places to ride. We have created this guide to cycling in Norfolk. Enjoy 🙂
Road cyclists should head to the North Norfolk coast where they can find small, quiet lanes veering to and from the coast. If you thought Norfolk was flat, you may be surprised with the roads from Cromer northwards. A visit to Norfolk’s highest peak at 103 meters is Beacon Hill is a must. Unlike the areas south of Norwich, North Norfolk is largely untouched by the scourge of cyclists – road chippings. Instead, flowing tarmac lanes crisscross beautiful scenery and small, quaint villages.
As for cafes, North Norfolk has an abundance of them but a firm favourite of ours is Courtyard Cafe. Located within the grounds of Holkham Hall, the cafe is in a fantastic location. Coffee, cake and more substantial meals are available, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating too. In the past, Holkham has been home to the now stopped Pedal Norfolk, an annual cycling weekend where competitors completed 250 miles over the May bank holiday. What this means is that there are some great routes, both smaller and larger, that start and finish at Holkham Hall. With plentiful parking, using this beautiful stately home as the basis for your ride really is a must. Find the routes here: Sat Route 1, Sat Route 2, Sun Route 1, Sun Route 2, Mon Route 1.
Cycling in Norfolk is great for the family. Marriotts Way is a 15-mile route from Norwich to Reepham. Being an old railway line, the route is flat, so easy on the legs. This is also a favourite with mountain bikers too. Reward yourself with a drink at The Old Railway Station.
Blicking Hall is also another favourite with the family. Bike hire is available for all ages from the main car park. Blickling Hall also has the National Trust’s usual high cafe standards for you to replenish your energy levels. The car park can get busy so we suggest getting their early during peak season.
Mountain Bike & Cyclo Cross
If you’re visiting Norfolk with a mountain bike then Thetford Forest will be a must for you to visit. With a red and black route, you will find a course to your liking. Our favourite is the Red Lime Burner Trail. The routes are always changing and being updated, thanks to TIMBER.
There is a cafe on site, with outdoor and indoor seating. High Lodge also boasts a bike shop (where you can hire a range of mountain bikes) and plenty of parking. Locals tend to park in many of the free areas dotted around the forest, and then ride in to find the trail. Thetford Forest is also a great, family friendly venue with lots to do for partners and kids alike while you slip off and hit the tracks. Alternatively, if all the family are keen cyclists, then you will find appropriate trails to ensure that everyone has a great day.
Brought your cycle cross bike to Norfolk? Then take it to Boudicca Way. A 36 mile route from Norwich to Diss, this medieval way is fantastic training. The Angel Cafe in Diss serves huge slices of cake and good coffee – a must to refuel. The signage can be a bit hit and miss so we would suggest taking a GPS device with you. Boudicca Way is also popular with walkers, so make sure you say hello to anyone you pass.
Norfolk has plenty of good bike shops who will be able to work on any kind of bike. For road cyclists with deep pockets, John Borwell Cycles (Borwells) in Norwich is the place to visit. Also in Norwich are Pedal Revolution, who keep a large stock of bike and parts. They also incorporate Fat Birds on the North Norfolk coast, specialising in titanium road bikes. If you’re staying in south Norfolk, then the Aladin’s cave of Madgetts Cycles in Diss is the place to visit.
To summarise, Norfolk is a great place for a ride. It may not be hilly, but it’s definitely a place to bring the bike, with something for every style of biker. If you have any tips for cycling in Norfolk, leave them in the comments below.
With that, thanks for reading!