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If there’s one thing that defines cycling in Norfolk, it’s that feeling you get when whizzing along smooth, flat cycle trails with nothing but nature around you. This large and rural county is well-known for its aversion to anything resembling a hill and you can pedal throughout the peaceful interior or explore the gorgeous North Sea coastline with ease.
Paved and gravel, tracks and country lanes, woodland trails and seaside paths - there’s an abundance of cycle routes in Norfolk suitable for afternoon explorations or multi-day adventures. Pedal through pine woods and bring the whole family or plan a full week’s tour around the beautiful Broads, exploring marshes, nature reserves and river trails.
You’ll find plenty of welcoming, historic towns to base yourself in or stop off at along your route, be it for a sandwich or a snooze. From pretty Acle in the Broads to the stunning King’s Lynn, you’ll be at home from the word go.
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Cycle routes in Norfolk offer a fantastic array of landscapes to explore, despite the county’s lack of any major hills. Instead, the pastoral scenery peels out right to the horizon, with fields bursting with crops and marshes bursting with birds.
The coastline has got to be one of the loveliest places for cycling in Norfolk, particularly in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You’ll find a wide range of bike-friendly routes along this patch, with bridleways, little country lanes and cycle paths. The coastline is low, although a few modest hills do give you an opportunity to get a rare view of the landscape from height. Estuaries, salt marshes and beaches define Norfolk’s beloved shores.
In the Broads National Park, pedal for miles along bike trails, watching the boats navigate channels and birds prospect for fish. Peaceful woodlands give way to open countryside and you’re never more than a stone’s throw from a watercourse. Bike rides in the Norfolk Broads even extend to sand dunes where you can rest your trusty steed down and go for a paddle.
Cycling around Norfolk certainly puts you straight into nature and a slower pace of life but the region has seen its fair share of extraordinary history. As you pedal, you’re bound to come across a castle sooner or later, even if you don’t deliberately pass by one.
Castle Acre, Baconsthorpe Castle and Castle Rising are just a few of the impressive historic ruins dating back hundreds of years. Burgh Castle on the outskirts of Great Yarmouth and the Broads was built by the Romans and makes for a wonderful objective for any ride in the area.
Thanks to its coast’s amazing wetland, dune and marsh landscape, bike rides in Norfolk are also fantastic opportunities to see the county’s resident wildlife. Pink-footed geese, snow buntings and widgeons overwinter in the county, making those chilly rides worth the red nose.
Seals live along Norfolk’s coastline all year round and make for fantastic viewing. Grey seals have pups in winter, while common seals give birth in summer, buoying your chances of seeing pups whenever you ride past. Avocets, cranes, king fishers and kestrels all live here too.
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