Cycling Holidays in Norfolk
There are a whole host of cycle routes and quiet country lanes across Norfolk’s gently undulating landscape, making it perfect for cycling. You'll also discover the hidden Norfolk, the heritage and culture, the views and so much more.
You can cycle directly from your holiday accommodation, on your doorstep, and before you consider venturing too far a field, there is the wonderful Holkham estate, with its 600 acres of parkland, fallow deer herd and abundant wildlife, it truly is a must for a cycling holiday experience.
When you have had an exhilarating day out, you can return and have a relaxing swimming in our fabulous indoor heated swimming pool.
"Cycling in Norfolk should be available on the NHS! We have just returned from a fabulous weeks cycling based at Cranmer Country Cottages in North Norfolk from which we cycled over 300 miles on the some of the best English lanes you could hope to find. Cranmer is very close to National Cycle Route 1 and Route 30 but with OS maps there is so much more on offer. Quiet lanes linking pretty villages with duck ponds and great pubs, watch out for the wild life on the way, brown hares and barn owls don’t seem very shy as they go about their business. As club cyclists who have enjoyed lots of Great Britain and Europe on a bike we think Norfolk is a real gem."
Jeanette and Ian Sumler- Hutchinson, Guests
Other local Norfolk cycle routes local to Cranmer Holiday Cottages
The Wells and Holkham Circuit
(The cycling route from Cranmer Country cottages joins the above map in the bottom left hand corner- access to the route is via the Roman Road on our doorstep.)
Joining on to our local route to Holkham is The Wells and Holkham Circuit (part of the National Cycle network, route number 1. This runs through Wells-Next-The-Sea back through the coastal pinewoods, Holkham deer park and the Triumphal Arch at Holkham Hall, and returns back to Cranmer Country Cottages.
With small children in tow it is fun to cycle through the park to the beach and either stop for a picnic or end up at The Victoria Hotel for lunch outside where there is also a play area and barbeques in season.
The East of England Tourist Board publishes a series of cycling discovery maps covering our local North Norfolk area. “Nelson’s Norfolk Cycling Discovery Map” is one of the series. This takes you on a 29 mile (or shorter version, 21 miles) circular route. This starts in nearby Fakenham Market Place and visits the village of Burnham Thorpe, Nelson’s birthplace. Little Walsingham and other local villages in this area are also taken in on the route.
Norfolk Coast Cycleway
The Norfolk Coast Cycleway has loops and links and runs from King’s Lynn to Cromer.There are seven cycle routes and we are closest to Walsingham and Wells Explorer Loop 5. On the route you could pop in to see the Thursford Collection (a fair ground steam and organ museum, which is well worth a visit), find fiddlers hill a impressive bronze age barrow, see inspiring views of the unspoilt natural coastline, stop off at quaint medieval Walsingham, a centre for pilgrimage, you will also visit Wells Next The Sea, with its bustling harbour and great fish and chips. You could branch off route to visit Nelson’s birthplace at Burnham Thorpe.
The cycle routes follow quiet roads and lanes through the heart of the Norfolk countryside from King’s Lynn to Holkham, and then from there, continues along the coast until it reaches Cromer. You will be passing through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty with unforgettable views and scenery.
(Maps available from Cranmer Country Cottages price £2.00 –alternatively see the maps posted in the games room)
The routes are signposted making it a pleasure cycling through the Norfolk countryside. Maps are available for all the routes.
The local Explorer Loops link with or partly follow the Norfolk Coast Cycleway.
• Sandringham Explorer Loop (22 miles)
• Docking Explorer Loop (32 miles)
• Walsingham and Wells Explorer Loop (40 miles)
• Holt Explorer Loop (24 miles)
Take your bike for a ride
For guests with bike racks on their cars there are shorter routes from different locations, i.e. The Broads Bike Trails and for a little more adventure there’s off road cycling through Thetford Forest.
There is the award winning 30 mile Bittern Line Railway which connects Norwich with the coastal towns of Sheringham and Cromer. As well as passing through the picturesque Norfolk Broads, it allows you to follow nine cycle rides from the Bittern line stations. (The North Norfolk railway connects Holt with Sheringham and Cromer stations).
Huff & Puff cycle Hire can organise traffic free trails near Sheringham and offer a unique day out combining an easy five miles of cycling (mostly traffic free) with a trip on the North Norfolk railway from Sheringham to Holt – starting and finishing at Kelling Heath. Tel 07788 132909 (seasonal).
Bikes can be taken on the train from Sheringham or King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth.
Further Cycling Information
Further maps are available from the Tourist Board Offices and also from Paper Clip newsagents in Bridge Street Fakenham: -
Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 scale Landranger maps 132 and 133 covers the whole of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Sustrans map of National Cycle Network Route 1 (Fakenham–Harwich, £2.99) covers a stretch through the Broads from Norwich to Beccles. Available online from Sustrans at www.sustransshop.co.uk. You can see the East of England cycle map at www.sustrans.org.uk . For further information: 0845 113 0065 or firstname.lastname@example.org