Guide To Cycling & Cycle Routes on the Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads is a large area covering Norfolk & Suffolk. With so much to see, including some of the best wildlife you are ever to encounter, cycling or biking around the Norfolk Broads is arguably the best way to get around.
Thankfully, the Norfolk Broads is home to a vast array of cycling routes and trails for you to explore at your own pace.
We have tried our hardest to assemble the majority of major cycling routes around the Norfolk Broads here for you. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of the routes we have on this page. Always check around with the local council or tourist information centre.
Good Cycling Code
- Take care when approaching walkers and disabled users – remember that some people may have impaired hearing or sight.
- Take extreme care when crossing roads, particularly with children.
- When crossing ramped bridges, do not attempt to ride over them. Walk alongside your bike and push it up the ramp.
- Always be courteous and considerate to other path users.
- Respect other land management activities, such as farming and forestry.
- Keep erosion to a minimum, please stay on the path.
- Please do not lean on the adjoining fences.
- It is advisable to wear a helmet, appropriate clothing and carry a repair kit and lights.
- Take care when cycling downhill.
- Match your speed to the surface, your skills and to the presence of others.
- Ensure that your bicycle is safe to ride.
Walking & Cycling in Broadland - Visitors Information Leaflet
An extensive network of paths and routes take you through woodlands, parkland, marshland, broads and heaths. The gentle nature of the countryside and less rain than some Mediterranean countries, means it is ideal for families and those that just love being outdoors. We have a range of guides to suit all tastes that are available free from our TIC.
For those wanting a greater challenge spend the weekend walking or cycling off-road along the Marriott’s Way and the Bure Valley Path. A distance of some 35 miles exploring the cultural and railway heritage of the area, it is a great introduction to Norfolk, and a little more challenging than you might think.
Credit - Broadland District CouncilWalking & Cycling in Broadland (5.5 MB)
Bure Valley Path - Broads Bike Trail
The Broads and surrounding countryside are the ideal place for cycling. Quiet roads, gentle slopes, beautiful countryside and fresh air, all combine to make cycling a real pleasure.
There are plenty of pretty villages within easy reach, with ancient churches, wind pumps, pubs, cafes and other attractions to enjoy. You can even make it to the nearby coast, with its rolling waves, dunes and beautiful sandy beaches.
Above all, there are stunning views of the Broads, with sails gliding across marshland fields, all beneath the spectacular skies for which the area is famous.
Credit - Broads AuthorityBure Valley Cycle Route - Horning to Aylsham (87.4 KB)
A Broadland Church Trail - Broads Bike Trail
Credit - Broads AuthorityBroadland Church Cycle Trail - Hoveton to Acle (1.6 MB)
Blofield Area - Broadland
This tour of part of beautiful Broadland will take you through attractive villages and picturesque countryside. This tour is not suitable for cars as some of the railway crossings are closed to vehicles. There are many interesting churches and other attractions on the way which are well worth a visit. Please take great care when crossing the railway lines and cycling along the narrow lanes. Although the tour begins at the Church in Blofield it is designed so that it can be joined at any point.
Blofield has a long history and was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Blawefelda. Although there is much modern housing it retains its historical character with a few 18th and 19th century houses. It is the home of Norfolk’s oldest Women’s Institute which was formed in 1918. To commemorate its 50th anniversary a village sign was made for Blofield showing the maple leaf of Canada and the red rose of Britain in reference to the founding of the organisation in both countries.
Credit - Broadland District CouncilBlofield Area Cycle Route - 10 Mile Cycle Tour (1.3 MB)
Blickling to Cawston - Broadland
The parish of Blickling is largely covered by the estate of Blickling Hall, an early 17th Century house owned by the National Trust. It is one of England's great Jacobean houses and is built in red brick. The ghosts of Anne Boleyn and Sir John Fastolfe are said to haunt the house and grounds. There are miles of attractive lakeside and parkland walks, and interesting features such as the sunken garden, dry moat, temple and orangery.
Credit - Broadland District CouncilBlickling to Cawston - 20 Mile Cycle Tour (1.3 MB)
Horsham To Aylsham - Broadland
In 1939-40 an RAF base was built at Horsham St. Faith. It became home to the Liberator aeroplanes of the 458th Bomber Group of the 2nd Air Division of the USAAF. The site now forms part of Norwich Airport.
Charles II is said to have often visited the Black Swan Public House and the Prince of Wales’ feathers can be seen on the south west wall as a reminder of its royal past.
Credit - Broadland District CouncilHorsham to Aylsham - 20 Mile Cycle Tour (914.9 KB)
Hoveton Cycle Tour
Credit - Broads AuthorityHoveton Cycle Tour (92.2 KB)
Gt Plumstead to Acle - Broadland
Great Plumstead is thought to mean 'dwelling site near plums' and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The Church of St. Mary the Virgin is mainly made of flint but contains medieval fragments including the gargoyles around the tower.
This was one of the many Broads created in the medieval times from peat diggings. When the water level rose in the 14th Century the area flooded and this left the large expanses of water which now form the Norfolk Broads.
Credit - Broadland District CouncilGt Plumstead to Acle - 18 Mile Cycle Tour (769.8 KB)
Hoveton to Horning - 23 Miles Round Trip
Credit - Broads AuthorityHoveton to Horning Cycle Route (92.2 KB)
South Trinity Broads Cycle Route
Credit - South Trinity Broads BeneficeSouth Trinity Cycle Route - Churches (1.9 MB) South Trinity Cycle Route - Trail Map (1.4 MB)
Reedham Cycle Route - 12 Mile Cycle Tour
This tour of beautiful Broadland will take you through attractive villages and picturesque countryside. The tour is not suitable for cars as some of the railway crossings are closed to vehicles. There are many interesting churches and other attractions on the way which are well worth a visit. Please take great care when crossing the railway lines. Although the tour begins at Reedham Quay it is designed so that it can be joined at any point.
Credit - Broadland District CouncilReedham Area - 12 Mile Cycle Tour (1.3 MB)
Ringland Area - 13 Mile Cycle Tour
Marriott’s Way runs for 21 miles from Norwich to Aylsham along the former line of the Midland and Great Northern Railway and is named after the railway’s Chief Engineer.
Attlebridge is a small village on the east side of the River Wensum.
It was known as Atlebruge at the time of the Domesday Book and lies on the old pilgrims way from Norwich to the Shrine of Our Lady at Little Walsingham. As you come into the village, the Attlebridge Church of St Andrew is on your right. The church dates from the 13th Century although some restoration was undertaken in 1864. There are a few brasses in the church including one to William, son and heir of William Ely, Baron of the Exchequer, of around 1520.
Credit - Broadland District CouncilRingland Cycle Route - 13 Mile Tour (1.4 MB)
Mid Norfolk Cycle Routes
The route uses mainly quiet lanes with some short off-road sections and can be ridden ‘end to end’ or in parts, perhaps as part of local circular routes.
The route heads north out of Thetford, passing through the edge of Thetford Forest. It briefly joins the ancient Roman “Peddars Way” National Trail and then passes through the market towns of Watton and Dereham. North of Dereham the route takes in the pretty village of Gressenhall, with the excellent Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse Museum a short distance from the route. From Gressenhall the route continues northwards to join National Route 1 at Gateley, near Fakenham.
Credit - Breckland CouncilMid Norfolk Cycle Routes - Route 13 - Fakenham to Thetford (639.7 KB)
Norwich Cycling Map
The map shows the cycle network for the city and surrounding area, together with other important roads and landmarks.
It incorporates a section of the Sustrans National Cycle Network connecting through the centre of Norwich from Marriott’s Way in the north-west to Whitlingham Lane in the south-east (look out for the special red ‘Route 1’ signs).
The map will be particularly useful if you are about to make a trip to somewhere you haven’t been before by bike, or want to find a better route than one you’ve tried. Use the map in conjunction with a normal street map to look up your destination, then find the closest point on the cycle network and you’re away!
You may find you have alternative suggested routes shown, in which case you could try them both (e.g. on the outward and return journeys). You may even discover another route all of your own, in which case you may care to let the cycling officer know about it (see Useful Contacts) so that it can be included on the next edition of this map!
Credit - Norwich City CouncilNorwich Cycle Routes - All Over Norwich (2.6 MB)
South Norfolk Cycling & Bike Trails & Routes.
These nine routes around South Norfolk offer something for every type of rider. There is also a handy tour map!
Credit - South Norfolk CouncilBike It! - Route 1 - Wymondham to Marlingford (972.9 KB) Bike It! - Route 2 - UEA to East Carleton & Back (860.0 KB) Bike It! - Route 3 - Trowse - Loddon + Site of Natural Interest (798.8 KB) Bike It! - Route 4 - Brooke to Hempnall + WWII Airfields (700.8 KB) Bike It! - Route 5 - Diss to Dickleburgh + WWII Airfields (911.5 KB) Bike It! - Route 6 - Long Stratton to Tibenham (714.0 KB) Bike It! - Route 7 - Heckingham to Reedham (298.1 KB) Bike It! - Route 8 - Swardeston to Bracon Ash (426.3 KB) Bike It! - Route 9 - Diss to Winfarthing (778.6 KB) Bike It! - South Norfolk Cycling Tour Map (1.3 MB)
London to Ipswich
The route heads out of London from Greenwich in a northerly direction along the Lea Valley cycle route into Hertfordshire. From Harlow the route through Essex takes you via Chelmsford and Colchester into Suffolk to Ipswich. London to Harwich also forms part of EuroVelo 2.
Ipswich to Hull via Fakenham
National Route 11 of the National Cycle Network will connect Harlow in Essex with Wigginhall St Germans (south of King's Lynn) in Norfolk via Cambridge and Ely. Harlow to Stanstead Mountfitchet and Waterbeach to Wicken are still under development, along with a link to Saffron Walden. The route is described here from Stanstead Mountfitchet to Wigginhall St Germans but is signed in both directions. Where no printed map is available for a particular section please use the Sustrans online mapping.
The route is open from Stansted Mountfitchet to Cambridge via Ickleton as far north as Waterbeach, and between Wicken Fen and Wigginhall St Germans. It is possible to stay on the National Cycle Network and avoid the gap in the route between Waterbeach and Wicken Fen by using a section of National Route 51 via Bottisham and Burwell. Read More ...
National Route 13 of the National Cycle Network will connect Tower Bridge in London with Fakenham in Norwich. Passing through East London close to the Thames, Route 13 then heads north from Tilbury to Chelmsford in Essex. After a stretch on National Route 1 (also part of EuroVelo 2) National Route 13 resumes at Colchester and continues north to rejoin National Route 1 just south of Fakenham in Norfolk. The route is described here from Tower Bridge to Fakenham but is signed in both directions. Where no printed map is available for a particular section please use the Sustrans online mapping.
The route is under development but there are many sections already open: between Rainham Marshes and Purfleet; alongside the Thames at Grays and Tilbury; through Basildon; from the outskirts of Billericay to Bures near Colchester; and from Sudbury to Coney Weston. The longest continuously open stretch is from Thetford to Fakenham. Read More ...
Regional Route 30
Regional Route 30 runs around the edge of Norfolk, sometimes shared with National Routes, with a high proportion of the route on roads. King’s Lynn Route 30 is shared with National Route 1 and the routes split just past Wells-next-the-Sea with the Coastal route continuing through Cromer and Great Yarmouth and into Lowestoft. From Lowestoft the route follows the Waveney Valley along the Norfolk/ Suffolk border passing through Beccles, where it rejoins National Route 1, then on through Bungay and Diss to join the Little Ouse Valley and National Route 13 near Thetford. The route continues through Brandon to link up with National Route 11 for the route back to King’s Lynn.
Regional Route 31
Regional Route 31 Beccels to Reedham. A route being developed from Reedham to Gt Yarmouth via Acle.
Regional Route 33
Regional Route 33 Felbrigg Hall to Aylsham via Bicking Hall. This route is to be extended from Aylsham via Marriotts Way to Reepham.