You may have noticed that at Woodfarm Barns and Barges, we like to shout about Suffolk. In particular, we like to shout about how great all of its villages and towns are, and how they’re full of some seriously exciting things to see and do.
Whilst we recognise that many people rent a Barn or Barge in Suffolk to enjoy a spot of R&R, we’re also aware of the many people who join us each year looking for something that gets them out and about.
It’s with this in mind that we got to thinking about all of the fantastic cycle routes which exist in Suffolk, and how we could suggest a few to anyone thinking of taking a holiday with us. So, as big fans of the listicle, we put together a list of five cycle routes that we’re confident will appeal to cyclists of all abilities.
- High Lodge – Thetford Forest – OFF ROAD
Ok, so it may be a collection of cycle routes, but thanks to the varying degrees of difficulty, the cycle routes on offer around Thetford Forest are perfect for mountain bikers keen to get out and about. With bike hire available, a café, and even a Go-Ape hire wire course, the forest has plenty to offer besides its numerous cycling routes. The Green Route is perfect for those just fancying a ride out, with wide tracks winding around the forest. The Blue Route provides a little bit more adventure with its slightly more challenging features, and the tough Red Route is very much the preserve of more experienced and adventurous riders. So, why not take a spin around High Lodge when staying with us?
- Debenham and Thorndon – ROAD
Starting at Woodfarm Barns, this route takes you through Debenham, and winds around some picturesque lanes and villages. You can take in extra villages to lengthen your ride if you wish, or keep it shorter. There’s somes stunning scenery along the way, particularly at sunrise! If you make it more of a lunchtime ride, then there are a couple of pubs along the way; the Black Horse in Thorndon, or the White Horse at Stoke Ash. Heading back towards base you could call in to our local Farm Shop, the Hog & Hen for coffee and cake instead as a reward two miles from the end.
- Alton Water Cycling Route – Ipswich – OFF ROAD
Alton Water is a postcard-perfect lake located just south of Ipswich. Offering an array of activities, visitors are welcome to go fishing, follow a walking route, try out a selection of watersports, and, you guessed it, go cycling. This may not be the longest route featured on this list, but taking in the view whilst enjoying a casual cycle is well worth setting time aside for. The signposted route around the lake is just over 7 miles, but there is so much more for you to explore should you require a little more exercise after completing it.
- Towers and Spires Bike Ride – ROAD
An adventurous loop in and around Bury St Edmunds, this cycle route takes in 11 beautiful Parish Churches in mid-Suffolk and takes riders through a number of beautiful villages. Along the route there are plenty of places to stop and replenish yourself, with eight pubs and three cafes on offer to tired travellers. It starts with the only cathedral in Suffolk – the spectacular St Edmundsbury’s Cathedral – and follows country roads and lanes to the following destinations: Great Barton, Pakenham, Thurston, Tostock, Woolpit, Shelland, Rattlesden, Drinkstone, Hesset and Rougham. So, hop on the bike and see some architectural history!
- The Miller’s Trail – ON AND OFF ROAD
Starting in the ancient village of Ixworth, this route takes in various Suffolk towns, such as Pakenham, Stowlangtoft, Wattisfield. What’s more, it also passes the 388th Bomb Group Memorial, a former World War II airfield which was established to commemorate all the soldiers lost in the war. With water mills scattered across the journey, and a picturesque, tranquil landscape surrounding riders as they complete the 23 mile stretch, this is a fantastic route to enjoy in the heart of Suffolk.
Ready to Take a Spin?
If the sound of these routes has got you keen to explore Suffolk on wheels, then be sure to get in touch to book a Barn or Barge for your next holiday today.