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Cycling in Suffolk

7th April 2017

Cycling in Suffolk

Suffolk is a cyclists’ paradise, the county is full of beautiful views, unspoilt landscape, plenty of woods and forests, 50 miles of coast, and thousands of quiet country roads. As a cyclist, you can take advantage of the tracks where cars are not able to access, giving you the opportunity to explore the stunning Suffolk countryside in a way that you may have never seen, and of course, it’s a brilliant form of exercise.

Our favourite route is Dunwich and Minsmere. The route begins at Dunwich, just outside our little pub, so if you’re heading out early, why not pop by for a delicious breakfast first to set you on your way. The route then continues onto Westleton, while in Westleton, you may stumble across our sister inn, The Westleton Crown, where they would love to welcome you with a refreshing drink or a spot of lunch. From Westleton you will head to Minsmere where you can experience the beautiful coastal nature reserve and get a glimpse of some of the UK’s rarest wildlife. From here you can carry on to Greyfriars Priory and sit amongst the ruins which is a perfect spot to have a well-earned relaxing break, then continue back to Dunwich where an ice cream on the beach will be waiting for you.

There are many other fantastic routes to explore in Suffolk and plenty of places to hire bikes. Below we have listed several sites that will help you find the perfect route and provide you with more information.

Dunwich and Minsmere Cycle Explorer
Discover Suffolk
GPS Routes
Cycling Hire

Suffolk holds several cycling events throughout spring and summer. We have put together a list of the most popular ones in the coming months.

The first one takes place on the 7th May and this is the Suffolk Sunrise 100. Suffolk Sunrise 100 is a charity event, raising money for Action Medical Research for children. In previous years, this event has set off with over 1,300 riders. The cyclists head out to explore the country lanes of Suffolk which were made especially for cycling with little traffic, superb countryside and coastal scenery.

Suffolk Sunrise 100 Suffolk Sunrise 100

Dunwich Dynamo, another great cycling event, one for the experience cyclists! This event takes place on the 8th and the 9th of July. Dunwich Dynamo is an unsupported ride that gets bigger every year. The event starts at the Pub in the Park in London Fields, Hackney, with riders leaving between 8pm and 9pm and arriving to Dunwich from 4am ready for a quick swim in the sea and a well-deserved rest here at The Ship at Dunwich. The Ship at Dunwich will be opening at 4am on Sunday 9th of July ready to greet cyclists with a breakfast and a beer. 

The Suffolk Coast Bike Ride will take place on the 23rd July. The event is dedicated to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. You will spend the day cycling around the heathland, fields and coast of the Suffolk countryside. There are 3 routes to choose from, a 35-mile-ride, a 65-mile-ride, or a 100-mile-ride.

Another very popular cycling event in Suffolk is Cycling Weekly Suffolk Spinner Sportive. This event takes places on the 30th July and gives you the opportunity to explore the historic Suffolk, while experiencing the county’s rolling rural roads and short climbs in the best way possible - by bike.

Cycling Weekly Suffolk Spinner Sportive Cycling Weekly Suffolk Spinner Sportive (photo credit: UK Cycling Events)