If you are heading to Norfolk for a fun-filled outdoor activity break, then you will be pleased to know there is a lot you can do. In addition to the watersport activity we offer, there is plenty of other family activities to try out, including hiring a bike and discovering the beautiful Norfolk countryside at a slower pace.
Next week, from the 10th to the 18th June, is Bike Week in the UK, and it is the perfect opportunity to get cycling. Bike Week promotes cycling and how getting on your bike can easily be part of everyday life. Cycling has many social, health and environmental benefits, and it can even be enjoyed on your holiday. In Norfolk, there are a few great cycle routes to head to, take a look below at the ones to try out:
The Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads make for a perfect cycling location. The picturesque landscape has 14 circular Broads By Bike trails crisscrossing throughout it, nine of which cover the Northern Broads around Wroxham and Ranworth, the others follow the Southern Broads around the Waveney Valley. Take a picnic with you, or stop off for a pub lunch along the way, and have a leisurely day surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife.
Norfolk Coast Cycleway
A 92-mile network of quiet roads, the Coast Cycleway was established in 1998 as a safer option for cyclists, avoiding the A149. The cycleway runs parallel to the coast, stretching from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth, passing by popular seaside towns of Cromer and Blakeney. Cycling the whole 92 miles is ambitious for a leisurely holiday, but no matter what part you cycle along, you will be rewarded with the gorgeous views of the countryside and coast.
Many of the cycle routes are also used by walkers, such as Peddars Way, so be mindful of any pedestrians on your bike ride. Peddars Way stretches along an original Roman Road, from Knettishall Heath Country Park in Suffolk to Holme-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast. Here it meets the coastal route. As you cycle along, you will be greeted by lovely Norfolk countryside, from farmland to woodland.
Bure Valley Path
The Bure Valley Path runs alongside the River Bure, and the Bure Valley Railway is a nine-mile long traffic free cycle route between Aylsham and Wroxham. Just a few miles from the Norfolk Broads Cycling Centre, the route runs through beautiful quiet countryside, disturbed only by wildlife and the occasional train! As it follows a rail line, that also means there are no steep gradients, making it relaxing and enjoyable for the whole family.