GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Suffolk Cycle Routes

Suffolk is a fairly flat county with a lovely coastline making it ideal for cycling. There's miles of open countryside to explore on quiet country roads and off road paths with a variety of well signed local and national routes to follow.
One of the highlights is the lovely town of Bury St Edmunds with its historic ruined abbey.

Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Suffolk Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Suffolk including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Alton Water7 miles (11 km)Follow a mixture of well surfaced and unsurfaced cycling and walking trails around this large reservoir in Stutton, Ipswich. The reservoir is surrounded by lovely countryside and includes a butterfly garden, woodland, a wildflower meadow, ponds and a bird hide. It's a great place for wildlife watching. Look out for golden eye, wigeon, pochard, teal and shoveller. There is also a visitor centre at the start of the route where you can hire bikes. View Full Details>>
Beccles to Norwich25 miles (40 km)Follow NCN route 1 from Beccles in Suffolk to Norfolk based Norwich View Full Details>>
Beccles to Saxmundham32 miles (52 km)This route follows NCN route 1 from Beccles to Saxmundham via Halesworth View Full Details>>
Brandon Country Park7 miles (11 km)A lovely cycle or walk around Brandon Country Park and the surrounding Thetford Forest in Suffolk. There are three waymarked, woodland walks while the Poacher Trail cycle route also starts out at Brandon Country Park. This is an intermediate ride waymarked with blue posts. View Full Details>>
Bury St Edmunds to Stowmarket19 miles (30 km)Follow NCN route 51 from Bury St Edmunds to Stowmarket View Full Details>>
Bury St Edmunds to Thetford26 miles (42 km)This pleasant cycle ride follows National Cycle routes 51 and 13 through Suffolk and into Norfolk. View Full Details>>
Cambridge to Newmarket21 miles (33 km)This route follows NCN routes 11 and 51 through Cambridgeshire to Suffolk View Full Details>>
Felixstowe to Ipswich16 miles (26 km)Follow NCN route 51 from the Suffolk coast to the county town View Full Details>>
Fritton Lake Country Park6 miles (9.5 km)This super country park is situated just a few miles from Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. There are lovely cycling and walking paths around the large lake which is 2.5 miles long. The lake is surrounded by peaceful woods where there are nice shady trails to try. View Full Details>>
Gorleston to Lowestoft9 miles (15 km)This route follows the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline from Gorleston to Lowestoft View Full Details>>
Halesworth to Ipswich39 miles (62 km)This route follows National Cycle route 1 from Halesworth to Ipswich via Framlingham. The route is fairly flat and mainly follows quiet country roads through the Suffolk countryside before finishing in the centre of Ipswich near the tourist information centre. View Full Details>>
Ickworth Park5 miles (8 km)A circular walk around the parks and gardens at Ickworth in Bury St Edmunds. There are 1,800 acres of parkland to explore with lakes, woodland and arable fields to enjoy. The walk also takes you through the beautiful Italianate garden which is the oldest of its kind in England. Here you'll also find the 18th century Italian Rotunda, built by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his collection of Italian art and sculpture. View Full Details>>
Ipswich to Colchester31 miles (50 km)This route takes you through the Suffolk countryside along National Cycle route 1. You start by the tourist information centre in Ipswich heading out of town to join the River Gipping where you can enjoy a short riverside stretch. You then continue west through the countryside to Hadleigh with lovely views of the River Brett. Shortly after leaving Hadleigh there is a nice off road stretch along the Hadleigh Railway Walk taking you through Raydon Great Wood. You then continue to Colchester on country roads passing through High Woods Country Park as you go. The final stretch takes you across the River Colne and past Colchester castle before finishing near the tourist information centre. View Full Details>>
King's Forest9 miles (15 km)This large area of woodland near has miles of cycling and walking trails to enjoy. You can park at West Stow Country Park and pick up the Icknield Way Path which runs through the woods along the Westtow Road track. The woods are great for wildlife with Fallow, Red, Roe and Muntjac deer to look out for. You may also see foxes and badgers. Birdwatchers may see Owl, Warblers, Finches, Goldcrests, Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Buzzards. View Full Details>>
Newmarket to Bury St Edmunds19 miles (30 km)This route follows NCN route 51 through the Suffolk countryside View Full Details>>
Newmarket to Ely21 miles (33 km)This route follows National Cycle route 51 and 11 from Suffolk into Cambridgeshire. The route starts near the tourist information centre in Newmarket and follows National Cycle route 51 to Burwell where you join National Cycle route 11 turning North West. View Full Details>>
Rendlesham Forest5 miles (8 km)Rendlesham Forest is probably most famous for reported UFO sightings in 1980 but it is also a great place for cycling and walking. Cyclists can enjoy two easy, family cycle routes on flat well defined paths and quiet country lanes. For walkers there are also two way-marked trails of differing lengths. Both are an easy stroll suitable for all abilties. There is also a UFO trail which takes you to some of the areas connected to the UFO sighting in December 1980. View Full Details>>
Stowmarket to Woodbridge24 miles (38 km)This route follows National Cycle routes 51 and 1 from Stowmarket to Woodbridge View Full Details>>
Thetford Forest4 miles (7 km)Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this large forest in Suffolk. View Full Details>>
Tunstall Forest10 miles (16.5 km)This large forest in Suffolk has miles of good footpaths and a 10 mile red graded single-trackmountain bike trail. The waymarked route is called the Viking Trail and is a narrow flowing singletrack running through the trees, with twists, berms and some short climbs. It's a fun ride and not too challenging though there are some technically tricky bits. The ride starts at the car park off Tunstall Road towards the northern end of the forest. View Full Details>>

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