Stage 9: Great Chesterford to Knettishall Heath — Greater Ridgeway Trail
Bike Touring Highlight
Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.
March 24, 2021
The third stage on the Icknield Way Trail delivers you to the junction with the Peddars Way from your start point of Great Chesterford. Most of the climbing is in the first half of the stage, although it is a very moderate amount, and the latter half will be a relief for your legs!
Climb up through the singletrack to Hadstock to start the stage. Long Lane bridleway will take you to Linton village, then continue on north up Rivey Hill to the water tower. You’ll likely get wet feet as Rivey Lane is known for being wet, as you descend to meet the road. Take Roman Road briefly, before peeling off onto the easy bridleway to Balsham.
You’re in for a real treat next, with the long, wide and pretty flat Frog End gravel road taking you for miles across the serene countryside. A change of direction and a few lanes take you through Brinkley and Burrough Green. Climb a little to Woodditton Water Tower before a fast, wide and smooth section of gravel along the Icknield Way Trail.
A road section comes next to Ashley, and after the village you’ll turn left onto a track that follows the River Kennett as far as Moulton. Here you peel off to the right, following the lane that crosses over the A14. It’s well worth a pit-stop at Phoenix Cycleworks here, a friendly bike shop and hire centre with a well-stocked cafe.
It’s easy trails and lanes from here on into the start of the Peddars Way in Knettishall. As there aren’t many accommodation options nearby, it might be worth adding a leg into nearby Thetford here, where you’ll find a much better range of places to eat and stay.