Get to the heart of North Norfolk – by bike
1st February 2017
Let’s be honest from the start! North Norfolk is not as totally flat as you may have heard! But – cyclists love it here because the terrain is excellent. Good roads, great off – road rides and quiet country lanes are all here to be explored.
The county has rides to suit most ages, experience – and stamina. And with cycling being so popular nowadays you’ll find lots of information available online about routes and events.
If you’re coming to Woodland Holiday Park early in the year, then certainly high on your list of cycling ideas would have to be Pedal Norfolk.
The Bank Holiday weekend of May 27 to 29 2017 sees the fifth annual Pedal Norfolk event at the wonderful – and nearby – setting of Holkham Hall. It’s a real family friendly festival with cycling at its heart. There are some challenging ‘sportive’ rides and races, but you’ll also find a children’s cycling academy, fun fair and a programme of events spread across the weekend.
There is a small charge, but given the fabulous location of historic Holkham, and its magnificent beach, it’s well worth it.
You can find out more at www.holkham.co.uk
If you’re thinking of taking on a longer run then one of Norfolk’s favourite cycling routes is definitely the Peddars Way. This ancient route, following a Roman Road, runs from North Norfolk down to the area known as The Brecks. That’s a wonderful spread of heather and heathlands. The Way is some 93 miles long in total so you may want to consider doing it in stages!
The Peddars Way actually joins The Norfolk Coast Path at Holme-next-the-Sea which is firmly back in North Norfolk territory. As a footpath though it’s not suitable for cycling. But – it’s all very close to the real cyclists’ choice of The Norfolk Coast Cycleway.
This 92 mile network of routes was established in 1998 with the specific purpose of creating rides for cyclists whilst avoiding the busy A149 coast road. It runs parallel to the coast, which means you get some great views on your journey, which could take you all the way from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth. And it’s a route that will take you through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It’s part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network so not only do you have the peace of mind in knowing that the route has been chosen by cycling experts, for cyclists, you also get access to some very useful maps and information. A quick internet search will reveal a lot!
If you’re looking to do less – miles that is – the network has some excellent ‘Loop’ rides around places like Holt and Cromer. The beauty of these rides is that you get to see some of Norfolk’s finest, but not necessarily highest profile, spots. Ancient churches, historic houses, watermills, ruined castles – they’re all nestling in the Norfolk you can discover by bike.
A lot of the cycling in Norfolk follows old routes. Roman roads, forest tracks, bridleways – they all make for safe and attractive journeys. Disused railway routes figure highly, and the 26 mile off road route known as Marriott’s Way, is a great example of just that. It runs from Aylsham to Norwich, is ideal for kids, and it’s a brilliant place for wildlife spotting. Owls, hares and otters are frequent sightings.
Something you might want to consider is a sort of ‘two part’ day out from your Woodland Holiday Park home. Why not drive, or take a train to Norwich or Great Yarmouth? Both places offer ‘Bike and Go’, a scheme that allows you to hire a bike at their rail stations. It’s not expensive and it makes for a varied excursion.
The chances are that if you’re thinking of cycling on your North Norfolk holiday you’ll be bringing your own bikes with you. Rest assured they’ll be safe when you stay with us.
If you haven’t got a bike, then we can help! At Woodland Holiday Park we have cycles for hire. They’re hybrid bikes so they’re ideal for road and light off road trips. You can hire by the day, or for your full stay.
We’ve got a full range of helmets, locks and children’s tags for hire too, so you can be fully kitted out – and safe.
And Norfolk is a safe place to cycle. It offers a real variety of rides, and this is so Norfolk, they cover seaside, countryside, towns, villages and of course The Broads.
There’s a huge amount of information available, and our staff will be pleased to help with advice on places to head for.
The only thing we need to add, and we did say it at the outset, is that North Norfolk isn’t quite as flat as maybe you’d heard. But hey, with your Woodland Holiday Park holiday home to ride back to, and a hot tub to climb into, what’s not to like about a hill or two!