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Cycling in Suffolk is typified by its low-lying terrain, wide-open farmland, serene conifer plantations and miles of quiet routes and trails to explore. The county’s large North Sea coastline is almost entirely composed of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is a stunning place to spin the pedals for a day or more. 

Peaceful roads and trails proliferate throughout the AONB and you’ll find small passenger ferries happy to ship you and your bicycle over watery obstacles. The coastal region is also chock full of wonderful seaside towns, perfect for a lunch stop or an overnight during a longer tour. 

Inland, cycle routes in Suffolk have much to offer with towns like Bury St Edmunds and Needham Market providing fantastic bases. Rides seldom include much elevation gain and instead you’ll whiz past picturesque fields, admire morning mist and discover why the painter John Constable found his inspiration here. 


Top 20 cycling routes in Suffolk

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    Difficult
    05:13
    51.6 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    2
    Difficult
    05:24
    53.5 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    Difficult
    04:06
    41.2 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    Intermediate
    04:28
    45.0 mi
    10.1 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    5
    Intermediate
    03:41
    47.5 mi
    12.9 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    6
    Intermediate
    03:19
    34.9 mi
    10.5 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Difficult
    04:46
    47.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    8
    Difficult
    06:06
    61.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    9
    Easy
    01:40
    15.6 mi
    9.4 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    Difficult
    05:05
    44.3 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Intermediate
    03:50
    38.9 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,200 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    12
    Intermediate
    04:19
    43.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    13
    Intermediate
    02:39
    27.6 mi
    10.4 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    14
    Intermediate
    02:05
    20.6 mi
    9.9 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    Intermediate
    04:06
    42.3 mi
    10.3 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    16
    Difficult
    02:33
    19.6 mi
    7.7 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    17
    Intermediate
    02:31
    18.1 mi
    7.2 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    18
    Easy
    01:12
    8.74 mi
    7.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    19
    Easy
    01:24
    10.2 mi
    7.3 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    20
    Easy
    00:52
    8.21 mi
    9.5 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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