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The Rebellion Way — all ability bikepacking in Norfolk

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The Rebellion Way — all ability bikepacking in Norfolk

Bike Touring Collection by Cycling UK

6

Tours

28:45 h

268 mi

7,300 ft

The Rebellion Way is a 232-mile (373 km) cycling adventure around Norfolk. Meandering along a mix of quiet, mostly flat back roads, byways, cycle paths and bridleways under huge panoramic skies, it’s a fantastic introduction to multi-day, on- and off-road adventuring for anyone.

The Rebellion Way name comes from the fact that while this ancient county is now characterised by a relaxed, timeless, pastoral charm, it actually has a fascinatingly turbulent history from the Iron Age onwards. Exploring the stories, ancient sites, stunning vistas and thriving wildlife of this unique area enriches every mile of this leisurely but rewarding loop.

The Rebellion Way forms part of the European Regional Development Fund EXPERIENCE project, which aims to develop sustainable off-season tourism activities across six regions in England and France. As part of the project, Cycling UK will also be supporting hospitality businesses along the route to become accredited Cycle Friendly Places, so you know you will be greeted with a warm welcome and everything you need.

To download the full up-to-date route guide, including sights along the way, places to stay and more info on the background to the route please head to cyclinguk.org/rebellion-way.

If you would like to support Cycling UK's creation of other award winning routes like King Alfred's Way, The Great North Trail, West Kernow Way and Cantii Way, you can join the charity and enjoy insurance, discounts and more at cyclinguk.org/join.

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The Rebellion Way (Full Tour)

232 mi

6,350 ft

6,350 ft

Last updated: November 16, 2022

Tours & Highlights

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    Day 1: Norwich to Thetford — The Rebellion Way

    Difficult
    05:06
    49.0 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    While the start in Norwich is definitely the busiest part of the whole route, it only takes a couple of kilometres before the relaxed pace of rural Norfolk life welcomes you into its embrace.

    

    You’ll soon come to realise that picture perfect villages, often with thatched or half-timbered highlights, are

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  • Difficult
    06:04
    53.7 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This section of the Rebellion Way is the most remote and includes a lot of gravel, mostly through different sections of the huge area of Thetford Forest. That includes fast double track and fun singletrack as you wiggle north from Thetford and past the prehistoric mining centre of Grime’s Graves.

    

    The

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  • Intermediate
    04:29
    43.3 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This delightful part of the route only has a few kilometres of gravel but a mix of deserted back roads and smooth cycle paths takes you through the distinctive, gently rolling landscape of coastal north Norfolk.

    

    Starting by sneaking out of King’s Lynn on a maze of cycle paths you’re spirited straight

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  • Difficult
    03:49
    36.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This is the shortest section of the Rebellion Way, but looping inland and then back to the seaside, it’s also the hilliest (in comparative Norfolk terms), and has more gravel than the previous stage.

    

    It’s also packed with places you might want to stop and really appreciate. That starts with an optional

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  • Difficult
    05:30
    49.2 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    We’ve saved the most diverse section of the Rebellion Way for last and it’s packed with fascinating places and features all the way into Norwich.

    

    Starting from the coast at Sheringham you’ll be onto gravel almost straight away. You’ll climb all the way up onto Beeston Regis common off-road too, so be

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    36.8 mi
    9.7 mph
    950 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you don’t have time to do the full Rebellion Way route in one go, this is an option for you.

    

    This route allows you to cut across the middle of the full Rebellion Way circular route, between Stoke Holy Cross in and Swaffham, to create two shorter loops.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    268 mi
  • Duration
    28:45 h
  • Elevation
    7,300 ft

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