Top routes to get you out on your bike in the Broads National Park

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Hundreds of keen cyclists pedalled off recently from Whitlingham Country Park for the 2019 Tour de Broads cycling festival. Cyclists covered the distance of the whole National Park and beyond, on rides of between 25 and 100 miles.

If you would like to cycle in the Broads but find long distances daunting, here are a few shorter routes for all abilities. These routes come with downloadable maps, so you can enjoy cycling in the idyllic Broads National Park at your own pace, with suggested stop-off points for a cuppa.

Whitlingham Country Park, Visitor Centre to the Pirate Ship – 2.2 miles / 3.5km

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The scuba diver at Whitlingham Country Park

A great short ride for kids, starting at the flint-barn visitor centre, cycle along Whitlingham Lane to the pirate-ship climbing frame. Can you see the scuba diver sculpture by the river? Harder to spot is the wooden fairy house sculpture, hidden in the woods behind the pirate ship.

Cycle back to visitor centre café for tea and cake, or why not take a trip on Ra, Britain's first solar-powered passenger boat.

ParkPedal event, Whitlingham Country Park – 2.5 – 5 miles, suitable for children and new riders

This slow and gentle ride is organised by local bike shop Pedal Revolution. The ride takes place every Saturday, 10-11am from the visitor centre, where you will be signposted as to which route to take.

The Three Rivers Way, Hoveton to Horning – 2.5 miles/4km (point to point), suitable for children

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Having a rest at Hoveton Riverside

Ride on the Three Rivers Way cycle path between two of the most popular riverside villages on the Broads, passing ancient hedgerow and glorious countryside as you go. This picturesque route can be linked up with nearby paths to create a circular walk and there is great access to a multitude of local attractions such as BeWILDerwood, the RAF Radar Museum and a plethora of historic churches, not to mention an array of pubs and cafes at each end.

Grand Estate cycle route – 11 miles/18km

This route takes you through some stunning countryside as you pass the 5,000 acre Somerleyton Hall estate (where can stop off at the café) and near Fritton Lake. There is a short stretch of off-road path as you head into Belton, otherwise it is on well-paved roads and is suitable for those wanting a leisurely ride out.

Reedham cycle route – 12 miles/19km

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A scenic view of the nearby Halvergate Marshes

This cycle route sends you pedalling through Broads villages and rolling countryside. There are plenty of attractions along the way including local pubs and historic churches. The official beginning of the route is at Reedham Quay but it can really begin and end wherever you want it to.

Bure Valley railway route – 19 miles/31km

Not your ordinary route, this loop starts from Aylsham train station and takes in a cycle path that runs alongside a miniature steam railway route. The stretch on the Bure Valley Railway path is totally traffic free and takes you through scenic countryside before you reach the ‘Capital of the Broads’ Wroxham and Hoveton, where you can stop off for a coffee or a bite to eat. Follow the route back to through relatively quiet roads, passing the villages of Horstead and Buxton, before finishing where you started at the train station in Aylsham.

Three Rivers loop – 20 miles /32.5 km

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Iconic Broads wherries can often be seen moored up near the water's edge

Take in some iconic Broads’ history, alongside the rivers Chet, Waveney and Yare. This longer circular route takes you past the old mooring site for wherries at Loddon Staithe, via Reedham Ferry and through small villages, lagoons and reedbeds. At the half-way point, pubs in Beccles or Geldeston offer a perfect stop-off for lunch.  

We hope our cycle routes inspire you to get your bike out of the garage and get exploring. They can be joined to other routes to form longer rides, or you could do a smaller segment if you're short on time. Be sure to visit Broads by Bike and Sustrans for more ride ideas - happy pedalling!