Cycle Tour in England
From Ipswich through Suffolk
Ipswich – Rickinghall – Ipswich
- Christchurch Mansion, beautiful half-timbered houses, antique shops, quiet coasts
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Your cycle tour in England takes you through the county of Suffolk. Enjoy the charm of the countryside here along the east coast of the United Kingdom and have a few unforgettable days in East Anglia. Follow the tracks of the famous English painter, John Constable, through small villages with medieval churches and along the wonderful Suffolk coast.
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8 days, 7 nights
approx. 315 – 350 km
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between 40 and 70 km, Ø 55 km
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Ipswich
Charming Ipswich awaits you - England's oldest Anglo-Saxon town and a former trading post of the Hanseatic League. The town features thirteen medieval churches and many other historic buildings. For example Christchurch Mansion, a unique Tudor house, dating back some 500 years. Today it is a museum and you can look around it. In the evening, visit the harbour when the lights of the many bars and restaurants are being switched on.
Day 2: Ipswich – Needham Market (train), Needham Market – Stoke by Nayland, approx. 55 – 60 km
In the morning a train takes you to Needham Market, where you can pick up the bikes you have booked and your travel documents. Now you cycle off in a southerly direction through hilly countryside and on to the beautiful countryside of Dedham Vale & Stour Valley. Constables birth town, East Bergholt, with its wonderful church and pretty timber-framed houses, is a very typical Suffolk village.
Day 3: Stoke by Nayland – Long Melford, approx. 40 km
You cycle through the idyllic countryside of Suffolk and pretty Shelley to Hadleigh. Shelley is known by its red brick tower, flanked by a medieval church and surrounded by houses with magnificent facades. Via Chelsworth, which counts as one of England's prettiest towns, you cycle to Lavenham. The elegant town hall with the traditional timber-frame is the focus of the picturesque market place. Shortly thereafter you have already reached your today's destination: Long Melford. The place is known for its unusually large parish church, Holy Trinity Church, which is more like a cathedral.
Day 4: Long Melford – Rickinghall, approx. 50 – 70 km
On today's section you can choose between: a longer route to the historic Bury St. Edmunds, a small town with tiny streets and the typical Suffolk charm. Refresh yourself in The Nutshell, Great Britain's smallest pub. Alternatively, you can explore the wonderful countryside around Thornham and Georgian Haughley on your bike before arriving at your destination: Rickinghall.
Day 5: Rickinghall – Dunwich, approx. 60 – 70 km
First you cycle to the olde worlde Debenham, whose beautiful timber-framed houses and antique shops await your visit, before you continue to Saxtead Green. A visit to the restored mill is a must. Then cycle on to the small town of Framlingham with its pretty market place and castle, which dates back to the 12th century. Through hilly, green countryside, you now pedal to Dunwich.
Day 6: Excursion to the beautiful coast, approx. 45 – 55 km
Experience a wonderful day on the cliffs of east England and explore its idyllic bathing spots. First, cycle to Halesworth with its small, inviting shops and medieval St. Mary's Church. You pass Holton mill and then pedal on to the old harbour town of Wangford. There are numerous opportunities to go for a dip before you return to Dunwich.
Day 7: Dunwich – Ipswich, approx. 55 km
On your last day in the saddle (on this holiday!) you cycle close to the ruins of old Leiston monastery before reaching the River Alde, which winds its way through hills and vales. Following Blaxhall Heath, passing secret forests and historic parkland, you cycle to Woodbridge. You should visit the marina and the tide mill before returning to Ipswich where your tour comes to an end.
Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay
After breakfast your cycle tour in England along the Suffolk Heritage Coast comes to an end. You will then return home. We would also be more than happy to extend your stay in Ipswich.