Blickling Hall sits proudly in the rural North Norfolk countryside and has done so for more than 500 years. This cycle route will take you past this beautiful Blickling Estate before continuing on along quiet country lanes to Felbrigg Hall, another country estate which surprises and delights.
- Bus stop
Start: Blickling car park
Head out of the main car park at Blickling, onto the road and turn right.
From the 1450s until the beginning of the 17th century, Blickling was in the possession of the Boleyn family, a name now synonymous with Anne the second wife of Henry VIII (whose headless ghost is rumoured to haunt the hall to this day).
Take the first right hand road turning, signposted towards Itteringham. Follow this lane into the village of Itteringham.
Once in the village centre, look out for the blue signs of National Cycle Network route 33 which will usually be on a road signpost or telegraph pole. Turn right to follow the sign and continue on this lane for about 1.5 miles.
At this junction, turn left and then take the right turn shortly after, heading towards Aldborough. Follow this road to a T junction and turn right, then the route bears left and into Aldborough village centre.
Following the left-hand edge of the village green, you leave Aldborough and head through Thurgarton. After a couple of tight corners, the route will arrive in Sustead where you will notice the distinctive church to your left. Head right (away from the church) and then take a left turning.
St Peter and St Paul, Sustead, is one of those pretty little round towered churches. Did you know that landscape designer Humphrey Repton lived in the village for ten years? Repton influenced the landscape at Felbrigg and nearby Sheringham Park was amongst his most favourite works.
Continue along the lane to another T junction. Turn left and pass Felbrigg Lodge on your left hand side.
You now need to keep an eye out for Park Road as the route 33 sign is missing at this junction. Turn right onto Park Road and continue along this lane, passing The Forge on your right hand side. A short distance further on and you will come to the iron gates of the Felbrigg estate on your right. It is now simply a case of heading through the gates and following the drive to the hall and a well deserved rest!
Surrounding the country retreat of Felbrigg Hall, the rolling landscaped park with a lake, 520 acres of woods and waymarked trails is a great place to explore the nature and wildlife on this bountiful estate.
- Trail: Cycling
- Grade: Moderate
- Distance: 12 miles
- Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
A gently undulating route following quiet rural lanes. The road through the park at Felbrigg is gravelled but suitable for all types of bike. Younger riders should be supervised by an adult.
- How to get here:
Blickling Estate can be reached from the Blickling Road (old B1354, reclassified to C593), signposted off A140 Norwich/Cromer. There is a permitted cycle path alongside the Bure Valley Railway.
Muddy Boots Cafe – Near main car park at Blickling
Hobarts Restaurant – Next to the shop at Blickling
Buckinghamshire Arms – Near main car park at Blickling
The Squire's Pantry - In the stableyard at Felbrigg
There are plenty of places to eat and drink en route.
Cycle Hire: Next to visitor reception in the main car park at Blickling
- Telephone: 01263 738030 (Blickling) 01263 837444 (Felbrigg)
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- Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate/ www.nationaltrust.org.uk/felbrigg-hall/