Whether you're a regular commuter, ride to the shops or enjoy a weekend family bike ride, Suffolk is a great place to get on your bike and get outdoors.
With thousands of quiet country lanes and fast improving cycling infrastructure, travelling to places like schools, workplaces and shops by bike is an easy and convenient alternative to other forms of transport.
Local Routes for New Riders
To find a suitable route for your cycling journey, Cycling UK's Journey Planner offers a choice of the quietest, balanced and fastest routes between two postcodes. If you're new to cycling the planner is a good starting point – you simply put in your start/finish points and the system will do the rest. Designed by cyclists, for cyclists it caters for the needs of both confident and less confident cyclists. For details click the link below:
The Discover Suffolk website provides information on cycling routes across the county including links to a series of cycling maps for twelve Suffolk towns. From coast, to heath, to forest, to open countryside to towns there really is something for everyone. Visit the website via the link below:
Suffolk is also blessed with lots of bike rental choices right across the county. A quick google search for 'bike rental in Suffolk' will throw-up a whole host of choices.
Local Routes for Regular Riders
Suffolk is home to two National Cycle Network Routes. Cycle Route 1 is the main north/south route through Suffolk, travelling all the way from Stratford St Mary in the south to Beccles in the north before entering Norfolk. Cycle Route 51 goes west/east, travelling from Cambridge to Felixstowe. Details of both routes can be found at the links below:
The numerous cycling routes on the Discover Suffolk website are a great place to start whether you're a beginner or an experienced cyclist. If you are not familiar with the routes in and around Suffolk's towns, you can find a set of town maps to help you plan your routes. It's always worth checking for those short cuts which you would not take in a car but can be ideal when walking and cycling. The maps also contain details of local cycle repair shops, cycle parking locations and other useful information.