It might not have the high octane rush offered by the mountains in the more northerly national parks but the rolling hills, pretty lanes and trails of the Broads suit nearly all levels and abilities and make it great for family bike trips.  

What to bring

Hire a bike or bring your own

First you’ll need to decide on the bike. If you don’t want to bring your own, there are plenty of places offering bike hire for the length of your holidays or day trip. If do decide to hire, make sure you think about the routes you might want to cycle and ask for advice on the best bike for you.

Dress for the weather

Next, you’ll need to think about what to wear. While the Broads are situated in the one of the driest and sunniest parts of the country, you still need to make sure you’re prepared for all weathers. A choice of long and short sleeve cycling jerseys, jackets, gloves and arm and leg warmers should make sure you’re ready for anything. And don’t forget to pack a waterproof.

Finally, don’t forget to think about safety. A backpack containing a water bottle and a map are essential. As is a sturdy cycling helmet!

Remember that cycling is a hugely popular pastime in this part of the world, with both locals and visitors. If you do forget anything on your list, you won’t struggle to find it once you get here.

Finding a route

With so much to explore, you might need some help planning a route.

Tour de Broads

The Tour de Broads is the region’s biggest not-for-profit cycling event. It’s a great chance for cyclists of all ages and levels to challenge themselves and make the most of the stunning surroundings. You can even ride for free if you choose to raise money for one of their chosen charities.

With events ranging from the Family Ride - which lasts about an hour and is suitable for children – to the 100-mile long Century Ride, the Tour de Broads really does offer something for everyone. There’s even separate events at different times of the year for the northern and southern Broads – allowing you to really make the most of the many attractive and rewarding routes the region has to offer.

Number one route

The number one National Cycling Route passes through parts of the park but if you’re not quite up to that level of commitment there are a range of circular rides throughout the Broads.

Please visit Broads by Bike to find out more about cycle routes.