Six of the best bicycle routes in Norfolk

The Broads are brilliant for many activities, including cycling. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The Broads are brilliant for many activities, including cycling. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE - Credit: Archant

Whether you're preparing for one of the cycling events taking place across Norfolk this summer, or just out for a leisurely ride, there are plenty of beautiful places to go and brilliant routes to take. Here are six of the best bike rides Norfolk has to offer.

Peddars Way. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Peddars Way. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

• Norfolk Coast Cycleway

The Norfolk Coast Cycleway is a 92-mile network of quiet roads established in 1998 in order to prevent cyclists from using the dangerous A149 coast road. The cycleway runs parallel to the coast from King's Lynn to Great Yarmouth and offers cyclists fantastic views of the coastline and Norfolk countryside throughout their ride.

Cycling in Norfolk: Norfolk Coast Cylcleway Photo: Hikehelp.co.uk

Cycling in Norfolk: Norfolk Coast Cylcleway Photo: Hikehelp.co.uk - Credit: Archant

• The Broads By Bike

The Norfolk Broads are the perfect location for a gentle bike ride among picturesque landscape. The Broads By Bike network consists of 14 circular trails, nine of which explore the northern Broads area covering places such as Wroxham, South Walsham and Ranworth.

Cycling in Norfolk: Broads By Bike Northern Cycle Routes Photo: thebroadsbybike.co.uk

Cycling in Norfolk: Broads By Bike Northern Cycle Routes Photo: thebroadsbybike.co.uk - Credit: Archant


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The other five paths focus on the southern Broads around the Waveney Valley.

Why not take a picnic, pedal out and spend a leisurely day surrounded by beautiful waterland?

Cycling in Norfolk: Broads By Bike Southern Routes. Photo: thebroadsbybike.org.uk

Cycling in Norfolk: Broads By Bike Southern Routes. Photo: thebroadsbybike.org.uk - Credit: Archant

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• Marriott's Way

Named after William Marriott, the former chief engineer and manager of the Midland and Great Northern Railway, the Marriott's Way is a 26 mile cycle route, footpath and bridleway which runs between Aylsham and Norwich. The route follows the track bed of two disused railway lines and travels through villages such as Lenwade, Reepham and Drayton for 26 miles from Norwich to Aylsham.

Cycling in Norfolk: Marriott's Way Map. Photo: cycleroutesuk

Cycling in Norfolk: Marriott's Way Map. Photo: cycleroutesuk - Credit: Archant

• Peddars Way

This 46-mile cycle route follows the original Roman Road built shortly after AD61 straight from Knettishall Heath Country Park in Suffolk to Holme-next-the-Sea where it culminates and meets the Norfolk Coast Path which can then be followed to Cromer. The two can be followed together and form the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, which covers a distance of 150km.

cycling in Norfolk: Peddars Way Photo: HikeHelp.co.uk

cycling in Norfolk: Peddars Way Photo: HikeHelp.co.uk - Credit: Archant

• Bure Valley Path

Running along the River Bure and the Bure Valley Railway, this cycle route takes you from Aylsham to Wroxford, passing Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall along the way before finishing in Wroxham.

Cycling in Norfolk: Bure Valley Path Map. Photo: thebroadsbybike.org.uk

Cycling in Norfolk: Bure Valley Path Map. Photo: thebroadsbybike.org.uk - Credit: Archant

• Hunstanton to King's Lynn (NCN)

This route is part of the Sustrans National Cylce Network (NCN) which runs from Hull to Harwich. Starting in Hunstanton, follow the 22-mile NCN Route One to King's Lynn on the banks of the River Ouse and enjoy highlights along the journey such as Hunstanton Lighthouse, Sandringham House, Snettisham Deer Park and Castle Rising.

Cycling in Norfolk: Hunstanton to King's Lynn (NCN) map. Photo: gps-routes.co.uk

Cycling in Norfolk: Hunstanton to King's Lynn (NCN) map. Photo: gps-routes.co.uk - Credit: Archant

•Pick up today's EDP for a four-page guide to the Adnams Pedal Norfolk Cycling Festival at Holkham Hall which runs from April 30 to May 2.

•What's your favourite bike ride in Norfolk? You can leave your comments below.

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