Top tips for cycling in the East of England

Two cyclists at Wicken Fen

We asked Mark Amies, our Volunteer Cycle Development Officer for his top tips on where to cycle in the East of England.

" I find nothing unwinds me after a hard day at work quite like hopping on my bike and giving the legs a good stretch, especially in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside. "
- Mark Aimes

So, here are my four recommendations of where to cycle...

1. Blickling, Norfolk 

Miles of beautiful countryside is just waiting to be explored at Blickling in Norfolk. Blickling sits proudly in the rural north Norfolk countryside, where little of the landscape has changed over the centuries. This route will take you through the parkland surrounding the Hall, an extension to incorporate the nearby Marriott’s Way (disused railway line that leads to Norwich) and the nearby market town of Aylsham.

Download the Blickling cycle trail map

2. Ickworth, Suffolk

Ickworth, with its iconic Rotunda, is set in the quiet Suffolk countryside, making an eye-pleasing impact on the rural Suffolk skyline. With gentle gradients and easy-going terrain, cycling around the Estate is again perfect for cyclists of all ages and abilities. This route will take you around the perimeter of the estate, through gently rolling arable farmland, parkland and broadleaved woodland.

Download the Ickworth cycle trail map

Cycling around the Blickling Estate
A man cycling on a bike

3. Wimpole, Cambridgeshire

Wimpole is set in the quiet Cambridgeshire countryside and is surrounded by rolling fields, small picturesque villages and farmland. Just a few miles from the famous university city of Cambridge, this route will take you through the parkland and woodland that may have a natural look, but has been just as carefully designed as the house at its heart.

Download the Wimpole cycle trail map

4. Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

Explore the Cambridgeshire fens when you enjoy one of the many trails from Wicken Fen. Take in the sights of local villages, historic Ely as you pedal along Lodes Way to Anglesey Abbey. With minimal traffic, waterways and fascinating historical features - you'll enjoy picture postcard views, wildlife encounters and refreshing pit stops along the way.

Cycle trails in and around Wicken Fen