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Norfolk Coast Cycleway

HISTORY

During the mid-1990s the demand for cycling opportunities, particularly for families and leisure was high, however the coast's popularity with tourists also meant that many roads, towns and 'honey pot' villages were not very suitable for cyclists, particularly during holiday times. The A149 coast road might offer great views from a bus was not the place for cycling pleasure. The Norfolk Coast Cycling Initiative was a partnership set up by the Norfolk Coast Project comprising of the Rural Development Commission (providing grant funding), Norfolk County, North Norfolk District and King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council's, East of England Tourist Board and Cyclists Touring Club to develop a three year project to promote cycling in the area and bring benefits to local shops and tourism businesses.

By using a network of quieter roads inland a route that in many places offers splendid panoramic views across the Norfolk countryside, coastal marshes and coastline the Norfolk Coast Cycleway was developed. Phase 1, launched in July 1998 was the 80km King's Lynn to Cromer section. Phase 2 saw development of a series of loops and links off from the cycleway comprising of signed links to some adjoining settlements and seven loops using quiet roads and tracks linking communities, points of interest and of course travelling through some of the wonderful countryside best appreciated from the saddle.

Phase 3 saw the development, with Great Yarmouth Borough Council now a partner, of a signed route to connect Cromer to Great Yarmouth linking to the Suffolk Coastal routes. Main issue was to find ways of avoiding the busier sections of the coast road and the Broads. A network from National pilot 'Quiet Lanes' project, implemented in the spring of 2000 for the area between Cromer and Bacton provided some answers. The main coast road between Sea Palling and Somerton proved difficult to avoid so an alternative route to through the eastern Broads area was included, although this involves a walking section. The map guide produced at each phase regularly reviewed and reprinted culminating in the present version which has incorporated them into a single, easy to follow guide.

The route

Illustration for Norfolk Coast Cycleway

Following Sustrans National Cycle Network (NCN) route 1 (Hull to Harwich) from Kings Lynn to Wighton (Sustrans red 1 symbols) where at Copy's Green regional route 30 (blue 30 symbols) commences. Regional route 30 follows quieter roads through to Cromer, then passes through the Quiet Lanes network before finally following the coast down into Great Yarmouth. The Norfolk Coast Cycleway is signed with regular route markers. The route can be viewed on Sustrans website and Norfolk Trails

How and where to get your map guide

With a recommended retail price of £2.50 you can pick up a copy from many Tourist Information centre's and some campsites, cycle hirers and other businesses around the cycleway. 

We are unable to provide a on-line or over the phone purchasing facility ourselves but this can be done through Sustran's at the Sustrans on-line shop but note they do have additional minimum post and packing charges.

Copies of the Norfolk Coast Cycleway map can be purchased direct from the Norfolk Coast Partnership on receipt of a cheque - £3.50 each (£2.50 + £1 postage, with cheques made payable to Norfolk County Council please). We also supply bulk orders to businesses from our office so if you would like to sell them to the public please contact us to arrange.

What's on the complete map guide

However fast or far you cycle it's good to know the whereabouts of somewhere to stop for a break, refreshments or maybe visit an attraction or site. The cycleway map indicates pubs, cafes and shops and there is even rider advice about junctions, hills and distance markers to guide you. Fancy taking in a country park, nature reserve, stately home, visitor attraction or historic building - well many are shown on the map to aid planning your own bespoke itinerary.

Although the route follows quieter roads and lanes the coast, beaches, towns and villages are within easy reach - many signposted link to . . . Town plan maps for King's Lynn, Cromer and Great Yarmouth, a selection of alternative and optional routes are also shown. Cromer to Great Yarmouth section includes an alternative east coast route, all with accompanying text notes. Additional information includes cycle hirers and tourist information centres along the route

The reverse of the map displays a selection of Explorer routes off the main route, each loop has a map with a points of interest discription. Whilst these are all on the printed guide we have adapted them individually into download sheets for you to try them out first. There is a general information and map key download sheet which will help you get the best out of the Explorer loop routes.

Explorer loops

The reverse of the map displays a selection of Explorer loops off from the main route, each loop map includes a points of interest discription. These have been adapted to provide individual sheets for you to try. There is a general information and map key download sheet which has the key to map symbols and legend to help you get the best out of the following Explorer routes.

1 Ingoldisthorpe and 2 Sandringham adjoin and are shown on same sheet
3 Ringstead - this loop includes the coast between Hunstanton and Heacham
4 Docking - get away from it all in north-west Norfolk
5 Walsingham - Pilgrim centre and the countryside just inland from the north Norfolk coast
6 Holt - the villages and countryside around Holt
7 Cromer - rural route through villages and estates south of Cromer
8 Quiet Lanes - exploring the 'Quiet Lanes' network in north-east Norfolk
9 Broads - a glimpse of the Broads
10 Caister Castle - a short 6 mile loop out of Caister to the Castle and Museum