• Cycling Holidays in North Norfolk


At Cranmer we provide a lockable cycle store for bikes and a selection of local maps to get you going. Just let us know when you make your booking.

You can organise bikes to be delivered to Cranmer subject to availability. Cycle hire includes bikes for all the family, tandems, tag alongs, child seats and repair kits. Helmets are also available to purchase. Details below

bikes can be delivered to Cranmer only for weekly hire.

“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 where 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

Cycling North 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. Without venturing too far there is the wonderful Holkham estate. With its 600 acres of parkland, fallow deer herd and abundant wildlife, it is a must for a cycling holiday experience.

Bring your own bikes or cycles can be hired locally and delivered to our designated cycle store at the start or during your holiday – on yer bike cycle hire – pre-booking neccessary just give them a call with your requirements.

After your exhilarating day out , you can have a relaxing swim in our luxurious indoor heated swimming pool.

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 visit 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.

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 and stop off at the 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.)

Other Cycle Routes on North Norfolk

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.

They are:

  • 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.

Meet up with 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.

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 info@sustrans.org.uk

The Nelson’s Norfolk Cycle Route is directly accessible from our doorstep.

Download Nelson’s Norfolk Cycle Route

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  • We had a wonderful stay! Very comfortable and clean house, and fantastic play area right outside the back door. We really enjoyed the private use of the excellent swimming pool. The games room was also very welcome on rainy days.

  • The facilities were fantastic; a large swimming pool, an expansive lawn to run around on and the owners had thought of everything a family might need whilst self catering on holiday.

  • The amazing indoor swimming pool within one of the converted barns looks out onto open fields and is a delightful pool for all the family. We swam in the pool everyday, sometimes twice a day, most days having the pool to ourselves.

  • We loved our stay here with our sons and friends. The accommodation worked perfectly for us all. The games room and pool were a fab addition and meant you had options on site rather than going out. We would book again in the future

  • Spotless, well appointed, great facilities. Our little boy loved the huge garden to play in. Highly recommended we’ll be back.

  • Lynne and John are superb hosts and the cottages are well designed and thoughtfully equipped. Due to Covid a few things had to be different from usual but they went above and beyond to ensure everyone got a safe holiday and a turn in the pool!

  • We had a lovely time at Cranmer. Customer service is amazing and we treasured the swimming pool and game rooms.

  • Thank you very much, we had a great time. We loved the cottage and the pool. When do you have vacancies in Sept 2021 please?

  • Swimming pool was fabulous , games room brilliant and were greeted on a very wet dark night with a very happy and smiling host. Truly recommend this farm to stay at , close to Wells next to sea , Holkham Hall and other coastal areas. We will definitely be returning.

    Joanne Sharp
  • 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. 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
  • The two cottages were booked as a surprise for my 60th birthday, and what a surprise. I could not have hoped for a more fantastic celebration. We all enjoyed a brisk walk in Wells-next-the Sea, lunch in a local pub followed by a swim in the great pool here. The cottages are so well equipped, everything has been well thought out. I would recommend the cottages to any group wanting something special! Very relaxing time had by all.

    The Reeves family
  • We very much enjoyed our stay in the lovely warm surroundings of Woodpecker Cottage. Heated pool absolute bliss for early morning swims with the added bonus of splendid views of extensive countryside through those huge windows. Thanks for a wonderful stay, we will be back soon.

    Mark and Jo
  • First Class Accommodation – highly recommended. We have stayed in 3 properties and would not hesitate in recommended them. We take our 2 small children (under 4) and often take my mother-in-law (for babysitting) and we particularly like in heated, indoor, salt water pool and huge fenced off play area which each property backs onto. Compared with other accommodation we have staying in, these are the best by a long shot.

    The Wrench family