The North Sea coast cycle path winds its way from the south to the north of England, past spectacular cliffs and over extensive sandy beaches. Inland, the cycle path rolls through gentle hills, across lush green meadows, and past beautiful fields and marshes.
The 1,025-kilometre (660-mile) long North Sea Coast Cycle Route through England is a truly fascinating bike route, famed not only for its beautiful countryside, but also for the small coastal towns that lie in romantic bays. And the further you go, the more beautiful it gets as you encounter historic castles and manor houses—and cruise past an epic lighthouse or two.
In this Collection, we present to you the full North Sea Coastal Cycle Route through England which starts in Harwich and ends in Berwick-upon-Tweed. In 12 stages, you'll cycle an average of 85 kilometers (50 miles) each day. If you'd rather shorten the amount of time you spend in the saddle, you can pretty much chop the route up as you please thanks to the abundance of small towns en route that contains ample accommodation options. And as far as food goes, you'll also pass plenty of pubs—the perfect places to top up on energy in the form of a hearty English dinner—as well as innumerable supermarkets and grocery stores where you can replenish your supplies for the coming stages.
To get to the starting point of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route, you can either take the ferry from Hoek van Holland to Harwich twice a day or fly directly to London. From there, you can take the train to Harwich. If you cycle the entire North Sea Coast Cycle Route and come from De Panne, the last stage destination in Belgium, you can take the ferry to Dover from Dunkirk, a mere 20 kilometers (12 miles) away. From there the train goes via London to Harwich. At the end of the ride, you can choose to leave by train in Berwick-upon-Tweed—on which you're more than welcome to take your bike. More information can be found here: nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/cyclists.aspx. Alternatively, you can catch a flight from nearby Edinburgh or—if you're so inclined—continue on the North Sea Coast Cycle Route and conquer Scotland.
In order to plan an even bigger adventure on the North Sea Coast Cycle Route with maps and GPX, we have put together all parts of the cycle path for you here:
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Last updated: December 3, 2021
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To get to the start of the North Sea Cycle Route in England, there are several options. For example, you can catch a ferry directly from Hoek van Holland to Harwich twice a day. Alternatively you can take the ferry from Dunkirk to Dover. This is especially useful if you are coming from the Belgian part…
Even today, a moderate up and down awaits you, bringing you from Ipswich to Beccles 86 kilometers away. At the beginning of the stage, you'll cycle through Ipswich and its eastern foothills, which merge almost seamlessly with Woodbridge, on the River Deben. Once you've left the town behind, it's going…
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On 94 kilometers today it goes from Beccles to Fakenham to the northwest. For the first few miles, cycle through the lush green marshes of the River Waveney until you leave the vicinity of the river and head north past beautiful fields. There you dive back into beautiful march and follow the River Yare…
On the 78-kilometer stage from Fakenham to King's Lynn, you will meet the North Sea for the first time since the beginning of the tour in Harwich. From Fakenham, it's pretty straight north to the coast. At Wells-next-the-Sea, you have the opportunity to make a short detour to the beach and enjoy the…
The 92 kilometers of today's stage from King's Lynn to Boston snake on completely flat terrain through the country idyll of England.
After King's Lynn you first cross the Great Ouse Relief Channel and then the Great Ouse. From there the route leads you through tiny villages with pretty houses and flowery…
82 kilometers brings you today from Boston to Market Rasen. Right in Boston you cycle to the banks of the River Witham and follow the river out of the city. Through beautiful meadows you drive on a flat stretch along the shore and dive after a few kilometers in beautiful marshes, which extends from the…
On the 88 kilometers from Market Rasen to Beverley there are some hills waiting for you on the first half of the route, which provide for a nice change and some nice views.
It starts behind Market Rasen with a magnificent section through an idyllic forest area, followed by the first ascent, which is the…
Today, the route takes you back to the coast, so you can enjoy the beautiful North Sea with its large sandy beaches and stunning cliffs. On the first part of the 97-kilometer route from Beverley to Scarborough, it is relatively flat through rural area, which enchants with idyllic fields and vast meadows…
Today it gets hilly. To be precise, it is the stage with the most altitude difference. But it is on the 79-kilometer route from Scarborough to Redcar but also very beautiful and varied, because it takes you along England's spectacular cliff along, enchanting with fabulous coves and stunning views.
The North Sea Coast Cycle Route today takes you 95 miles from Redcar to South Shields. On this stage you will cycle through many cities and their foothills as the area is more densely populated. Beautiful landscape and a lot of nature but still waiting for you.
It starts relatively flat over Middlesbrough…
A flat, 58-kilometer stage awaits you today, taking you from South Shields to Amble. The route runs almost exclusively along the North Sea coast and offers you many opportunities to enjoy the beach on the way or to rest in beautiful coastal towns.
Right at the beginning you cross the River Tyne, which…
Today, the last stage of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route in England is on. It is 86 kilometers long and will take you from Amble to Berwick-upon-Tweed, just a stone's throw from the border with Scotland.
Shortly after leaving Amble, you will pass Warkworth Castle, which stands on a small hill. When visiting…
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