Exploring the Coastal Routes: A Cyclist's Guide to North Norfolk
With scenic routes, peaceful country lanes and rolling hills, exploring North Norfolk on wheels is the perfect way to uncover this beautiful region. For avid cyclists, The North Coast Cycleway covers 59 miles of spectacular coastline from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth.
From Hunstanton there are a number of circular cycle routes to enjoy. Starting from Husntanton you can pedal through neighbouring Heacham, before stopping off at Lavender Farm, and finally circling back into Old Hunstanton for a drink at The Mariner.
If you are a bike enthusiast who loves more of a challenging route, you can complete the 30 mile circular route taking in the Sandringham Estate, which also includes pre-historic burial sites, a working windmill and a tranquil wooded nature reserve.
And if a mix of Norfolk scenery is what you are searching for, the Hunstanton Ringstead Round is for you. Totalling 15 miles, the loop is packed full of views of wide open sandy beaches, ancient chapels and churches, old lighthouses, Roman roads, and a nature reserve. Oh and don’t forget the traditional seaside treats and if you finish in the evening you’ll be able to enjoy a stunning sunset (with Hunstanton one of the only spots in Norfolk, facing West)
Pedal through History: Discovering North Norfolk's Cultural Gems by Bike
Discovering North Norfolk’s historic gems by bike is the ideal way to combine scenic countryside views with incredible history. Uncover the past as you live in the present with a loop of Sandringham Estate, pedalling through Royal Grounds and surrounding villages. One of Norfolk’s cultural gems, Holkham Hall, offers several routes with a mix of terrain from grassland, to sheltered woodland and gravel tracks. This 18th century stately home gives cyclists the freedom to explore its historical grounds with sea views being only a few miles away. For keen historians, cycle back in time to the birthplace of Nelson with a 29 mile circular route starting in Fakenham Market Place. Follow the route through Little Walsingham, a medieval marvel renowned as a centre of pilgrimage. Discovering Norfolks historical gems can be made even better when exploring on two wheels.
Nature Trails and Scenic Routes: Cycling through North Norfolk's Wildlife Havens
If you have a passion for wildlife, you can be in the heart of nature with North Norfolk’s scenic cycle routes and trails. The Cley next the Sea Salthouse loop features 62 miles of beautiful coastline through the seaside town of Blakeney, home to a National Nature Reserve known for seal spotting and bird watching. Following the route, take a pit stop at Cley next the Sea, an area known for its outstanding natural beauty. Refuel your body on the doorstep of a stunning nature reserve that attracts migrating wildlife including the wildfowl and wader. Whatever your ability, there are scenic cycle routes for everyone that allow you to explore the best wildlife havens that Norfolk has to offer.
Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems of North Norfolk's Countryside for Cyclists to Explore
Explore sea views and unspoilt countryside as you cycle down the unbeaten tracks of North Norfolk. Whether you plan on uncovering the past with a touch of Royalty at one of Norfolk's estate loops, or setting your eyes on breathtaking wildlife, there is a cycle route for everyone to enjoy. If sea views and nature are on your cycling itinerary, pedal from Wells Harbour to Pensthorpe Natural Park or from Fakenham to Wells-Next-The-Sea. Quench your thirst down by the quay as you admire sea views, then continue to pedal down tranquil country roads and the offbeat track. For something a little closer to the hotel - cycle over the hills and down quiet country lanes in and around Hunstanton. If you want to cycle along one of the longest traffic-free routes in the country, the ‘Marriott’s Way’ route offers 26 miles of off-road trails, rich with wildlife. Pit-stop along the way, following two disused railways and admiring the sculptures and art en route.
The new way to explore Norfolk – The Rebellion Way
The Rebellion Way is brand new 232-mile cycle route which meanders through the most beautiful parts of Norfolk.
The route is named after two rebellious names from Norfolk’s history – Boudicca and Robert Kett.
It offers you the perfect opportunity to cover quaint back lanes, bridleways and cycle paths whilst taking in the panoramic landscape of the region.
Suitable for all cycling abilities, Hunstanton offers the perfect hub to explore this trail from.
Don’t miss out on Norfolk’s latest cycling adventure.
Don’t have your own bike? Not a problem…
Wheel Travel offers a local cycle hire service, and will drop it off at the hotel so you can get on the road without the worry of transporting a bike. Click here to visit their website to find out more. Or fancy trying something different why not give gravel riding a go. Open Sky cycles based in Thornham are able to help you with the hire of your bike and also recommend some of the best routes for you to try. See their website for more details
See our recommended bike routes for all abilities below
An intermediate cycle ride taking you around the iconic Sandringham Estate
An intermediate cycle ride which gives you both beautiful sea views and history at the magnificent Holkham Hall