Whether you are an experienced tourer or haven't been on a bike in years, the area lends itself to the view from the saddle. A network of quieter country roads, lanes and bridleways leads you through varied landscapes and villages. You can bring your own bike (even on the train), or hire one locally. On a bike you have time to pause and explore before passing on to another delightful unexpected view or experience. Hop off and on, or press on - the choice is yours. However fast you travel you are never far away from a village with a pub, cafe or shop and any hills are just steep enough to make you feel you have earned a drink. In short, the Norfolk coast is ideal cycling country.
Have a look at our Cycleway loops and Explore More off-road cycling routes in the left-hand menu.
Norfolk Coast Cycleway - King's Lynn to Great Yarmouth
The Norfolk Coast Cycleway follows the Hull to Harwich Sustrans National Cycle Network (NCN route 1) from Kings Lynn to Wighton where regional route 30 begins and continues through to Great Yarmouth with regular route markers to follow throughout. A comprehensive map guide is available showing the complete route, alternative options, links into the towns and coastal villages on one side. The reverse side provides a selection of descriptive mapped loops from the Cycleway, additional optional and alternative route variations, various information including a list of cycle hire businesses and tourist information centres along the route.
How and where to get a map guide
Pick up at Tourist Information points, plus some cycle hirers and other businesses in the area, some stockists may also take orders by phone.
On-line purchasing of the Norfolk Coast Cycleway map guide can be made through Sustrans on-line shop.
Direct from us. We supply bulk orders to businesses from our office but are currently unable to offer a on-line purchasing facility direct to members of the public, however, if you would like us to send you a copy we can except cheques - £2.50 + £1 postage (cheques made payable to Norfolk County Council please).
Businesses interested in stocking the maps please contact us for further details.
Cycling on the Peddars Way
Most of the Peddars Way National Trail route can be cycled and for the few sections that are restricted suitable alternatives are nearby.
Cycling on the Norfolk Coast Path
Hunstanton to Cromer Virtually all of the Norfolk Coast Path is only public footpath classification so for cycling the recommended route is the Norfolk Coast Cycleway which is well signed and follows more suitable roads than the busy A149 coast road. Although slightly inland this route runs parallel to the coast for much of its journey, often at a higher level thereby providing excellent views across the coast and countryside. There are signposted link to . . . for many nearby villages and towns and with a copy of the Norfolk Coast Cycleway map it's easy to follow the network of lanes linking places of interest.
Bikes on the Bittern Line
Norwich to Sheringham: Starting at Norwich, Bittern Line stations are at Salhouse, Hoveton & Wroxham, Worstead, North Walsham, Gunton, Roughton Road, Cromer,West Runton and Sheringham. Ideal for Norfolk Coast Cyleway and the explorer routes. For information about taking your bike on the Bittern Line and other cycling information based around the route visit the Bittern Line website.
Bike & Go
Launched at Great Yarmouth railway station May 12, 2014, Eastern Daily Press reported: ''People stepping off trains at Great Yarmouth station can hop straight onto bikes thanks to a new pedal scheme. The 'Bike & Go' initiative, the UK's first major train station cycle hire programme, was launced by Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis. Abellio Greater Anglia* said the bike scheme offers travellers low cost, rapid and convenient cycle rental across 15 of its stations. It is modelled on the Dutch Railways OV-fiets station cycle hire scheme. To use the bikes, passengers must register and pay a annual subscription, plus the daily hire cost.''
[*: rail franchises are subject to periodic change, find latest company details at www.nationalrail.co.uk]
Sustrans 'the sustainable transport charity'' which encourages people to walk, cycle and use public transport in order to reduce motor traffic. To find out more or get involved visit the Sustrans website. The Norfolk Coast Cycleway is a combination of National route 1 and Regional roue 30 and to view this and other Sustrans routes click here.
GPS for cycling and walking
As the use of GPS is becoming increasingly popular for cyclists and walkers then websites such as gps-routes.co.uk are providing a range of formats for users to use.