England:

Cambridge & East Anglia Bike Tour


Seven nights; seven days of cycling on quiet country lanes through East Anglia.


“A unique tour in an area no other biking company offers. You have a winner here... beautiful countryside with many interesting attractions every day... an incredible experience" - Ron V.





Itinerary


Start: Ely, Poets House, 13:30, 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 at your hotel and get acquainted with your bikes. You will have time to visit Ely Cathedral and the Octagon Tower, a wonder of the medieval world, before a delicious supper. D (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
Poets House, Ely

Day 2

Ely to Congham 66 km

Stop at the WTT (Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust) Wetland Centre found along the New Bedford River as you ride north. Enjoy easy cycling along the banks of the River Great Ouse, over the Denver Sluices, past the Denver Windmill, through Downham Market, and across the fens of Cambridgeshire - a nice introduction to East England. BLD
Congham Hall Hotel, Grimston

Day 3

Congham to Holkham 45 km

A gentle ride to the Norfolk Coast, with a tour of Sandringham House & Park (the Queen’s private residence). Visit Amner Village (the country residence of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge), and the village of the Burnham Market for a late lunch. Ride through the Holkham Estate 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

Holkham to Wolterton 48 or 72 km

Linger in Holkham on the beach at Holkam Hall before cycling east, along the North Norfolk Coast cycle route with the option to continue all the way to  the Victorian seaside town of Cromer with its splendid Pier. Spend the afternoon riding along quiet country lanes to your evening’s accommodation. BLD
Saracen's Head, Wolterton; or
The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market

Day 5

Wolterton to Norwich 40 km

Turning inland through the protected Norfolk Broads, you will ride a beautiful winding greenway directly into Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. Spend the afternoon exploring the cobbled streets and touring the Norwich Cathedral. Your inn tonight claims to be the oldest in the United Kingdom and is located in one of the oldest parts of the medieval city. B
Maids Head Hotel, Norwich

Day 6

Norwich to Tuddenham 87 km

Tuddenham Mill has been an enduring landmark in Suffolk history for the past thousand years; the earliest records of the mill were documented in the Domesday Book of 1086. Since its inception, the building has been extended and has evolved from a working mill into a contemporary restaurant and boutique hotel. BLD
Tuddenham Mill, Newmarket; or
West Stow Hall, West Stoww


Day 7

Tuddenham to Cambridge 46 km

Today’s ride to Cambridge will pass through the horse racing centre of Newmarket. Arrive early in Cambridge and you will have time to punt on the River Cam, taking in the area’s unique vibe, before a walking tour of this famous university town. Enjoy a final group dinner. BD
Double Tree by Hilton, Cambridge

Day 8

Departure

Train connections to London make it easy to head to your international flight, or elsewhere in the United Kingdom. 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.



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.


It is conveniently close to London in an area saturated with 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, and explore the colleges at Cambridge – the second oldest university in the English-speaking world and a stronghold 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


Click here for the elevation profile
Day # Daily distance
1
Introductions
2
~62 km
3
~45 km
4
~60 km
5
~60 km
6
~59 km
7
~58 km
8
Farewell





Learn more

Explore London for a day or two. If you have longer, there is indeed a lot to see and do here. .

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

US 3795 C 4495

(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 3 wonderful picnic lunches, 6 dinners, luggage handling, guide and vehicle support, maps and route instructions)

US 2965 C 3495

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

Single Occupancy

US 1265 C 1495

Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 225 C 265
Electric Assist Hybrid: US 385 C 455

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.