England:

Cambridge & East Anglia Bike Tour


Six nights; six days of cycling on quiet country lanes through East Anglia.









Itinerary


Start: Ely, Poets House, 15:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange an alternate pickup location. Trains to Ely run regularly from London (1 hour and 15 minutes). For rates and schedules visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.


Finish: Farewell in Cambridge, 10:00, day eight. Trains to London, Heathrow, and elsewhere in the UK can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk


Day 1:

Introductions

Meet in Ely at 15:00. Get acquainted with your bikes during an introductory ride. You will have time to visit the cathedral before a delicious supper. D (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
Poets House, Ely

Day 2:

62 km

Easy cycling along the Great River Ouse, through Downham Market, and across the fens of Cambridgeshire - a nice introduction to East England. BLD
Congham Hall Hotel, Grimston

Day 3:

45 km

A gentle ride to the Norfolk Coast, with stops to visit Sandrigham Estate & Park (the Queen’s residence), Amner Village (Prince William’s residence), and the villages of the Burnhams for a late lunch. Follow the coast through nature reserves to the village of Holkham, situated right in the middle of its own nature reserve, beside a magnificent beach, and the stately Holkham Hall. BD
The Victoria Inn, Holkham

Day 4:

60 km

Today’s ride from Holkham to the Victorian Pier town of Cromer will take you along the North Norfolk Coast cycle route. After exploring Holkham beach, Felbrigg Hall, and Cromer Pier, spend the afternoon riding along quiet country lanes to your Gregorian inn, inspired by Tuscan architecture. BLD
Saracen's Head, Wolterton

Day 5:

60 km

Turn inland to ride through the protected Norfolk Broads, you will visit the Blickling Hall Estate, and ride a beautiful winding greenway directly into Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. Following an exploration through cobbled streets and the Norwich Cathedral, finish the day with a short ride to your lodge. BD
Park Farm Country Hotel & Lesiure, Heathersett

Day 6:

59 km

Leave the broads behind you, and enter the quiet lanes of Suffolk on your way to West Stow. Visit the medieval market town of Bury St Edmunds with its cathedral and its association with the Magna Carta. Tonight your lodging is a hall dating back over five-hundred years to Tudor times. BLD
West Stow Hall, West Stow

Day 7:

58 km

Today’s ride to Cambridge will pass through the horse racing centre of Newmarket. You will have time to punt on the River Cam, visit the Colleges and Kings College Chapel, and enjoy an independent lunch with the unique vibe of this famous university town. BD
Double Tree by Hilton, Cambridge

Day 8:

Farewell

Say goodbyes today after breakfast. Train connections to London make it easy to head to your international flight, or elsewhere in the UK. B




Description


Note about the route:
The route often follows quiet country lanes, back roads, and cycle paths. The route into Norwich includes a short unpaved section on well-packed dirt path, suitable for cycling.



Following the River Cam and important waterways, this bike tour in the countryside north of London presents the large skies of Britain’s sunniest coast. With ancient cathedrals, English hamlets, Victorian buildings, unspoilt beaches, beautiful countryside, and protected forests and heathland it is no wonder that the royal family chooses to vacation here.


East Anglia is conveniently close to London and is an area saturated with interesting history, and beautifully situated in gorgeous countryside. The dining is some of England’s best, and the pretty routes are well-salted with excellent pubs.


You will ride the Norfolk coast, stop to enjoy views over the English Channel from a Victorian pier, visit the queen's residence at Sandrigham Estate, ride through the unique landscape of the Norfolk Broads, stay at the 16th century West Stow Hall, and perhaps even see Stephen Hawking in Cambridge – one of the strongholds of intelligentsia. With the oldest arts festival in the country occuring during the spring, and the largest food and drink festival in autumn, there are ample reasons to vist this fascinating part of the world.





Maps & Elevations






Learn more

Explore London.

Spend some extra time in Cambridge.

Consider linking this trip with our West Coast Bike in Scotland.

Trains from Cambridge to Glasgow are just 5 1/2 hours.





Costs

Start:
Ely, Poets House, 15:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange an alternate pickup location. Trains to Ely run regularly from London (1 hour and 15 minutes). For rates and schedules visit the National Rail website.


Finish:
Farewell in Cambridge, 10:00, day eight. Trains to London, Heathrow, and elsewhere in the UK can be found at the National Rail website.




Guided Cost

US 3385 C 3995 (per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 3 wonderful picnic lunches, 7 dinners, luggage handling, guide and vehicle support, maps and route instructions)

Self-Guided Cost

US 3125 C 3695 (per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, luggage handling and daily consultation with your driver for lifts, etc, maps and route notes)

Single Occupancy

US 935 C 1175

Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 225 C 265
Racing: US 315 C 395

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


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Custom or Private Tours

Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!



Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.