Cycling on the Norfolk Coast
The Norfolk Coast is a beautiful place to visit, work and live, with many well-known and popular beauty spots. There is also a wealth of hidden corners and picturesque villages linked by a network of byways, bridleways and quiet country lanes for you to discover by bike. Find your own quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches and seaside towns, hop off and on your bike to explore as you go, or press on – the choice is yours.
You are never far away from a village with a pub, cafe or shop. Any hills are just steep enough to make you feel you have earned a drink. The waymarked routes keep you off the busy main coast road but provides links to the coastal settlements.
You can bring your own bike – even on the train – or hire one locally.
Norfolk Coast Cycleway
Between Hunstanton to Cromer virtually all of the Norfolk Coast Path has only public footpath classification and therefore no cycling is permitted. So, the recommended route is the Norfolk Coast Cycleway which runs from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth.
It 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.
With a copy of the Norfolk Coast Cycleway map it’s easy to follow the network of lanes linking places of interest.
Sustrans National Cycle Route
Part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 1 takes in a section of the Norfolk Coast as it travels from Hull to Harwich.
Cycling on the Peddars Way
Most of the Peddars Way National Trail route can be cycled. For the few sections that are restricted suitable alternatives are nearby.
Explore More off-road cycling
Our four Explore More cycle routes are specifically designed to show you where you can take your bicycle off-road, exploring lesser-known parts of the area.
These guides include a map and route instructions as well as telling you about places where you can pause for a drink or bite to eat, pointing out interesting sites to visit along the way and giving a bit of a clue what to expect, such as track surface and how long the rides might take to complete.
Some of these off-road routes can be quite challenging to negotiate due to their uneven surfaces, vegetation and puddles and therefore not suitable for little legs or for people who perhaps haven’t cycled off-road since childhood. Because of the natural surfaces, we recommend that you use either hybrid or mountain bikes.
Please enjoy the unique splendours of our countryside, supporting the local businesses along the way that help make the countryside the vibrant place that it is today.
Other places to go off-road cycling
There are two fabulous places to enjoy by bike which are family-friendly and suitable for all levels of ability. You can either take your own cycles or hire them locally, at Holkham Estate and Kelling Heath Holiday Park.
Norfolk Coast cycle hire, sales and service
We have identified some businesses along the Norfolk Coast Cycleway route who provide sales, service or hire of cycles to the public. This is by no means a complete directory and with regular seasonal changes it is a good idea to check the latest details on their individual websites.
If you are holidaying, check with the accommodation provider as you may find they have an arrangement for delivery and collection. A number of the larger holiday parks and campsites in the Area offer their visitors cycle hire facilities.
It is always advisable to contact prior to travelling to confirm providers or services offered have not changed and for seasonal opening times.
Cyclist and horseriders
With the growing popularity of the area for cycling, particularly for cycling events, most weekends during the summer there are many extra cyclists sharing the space with other road users. Common sense and courtesy by all parties should be shown to ensure everyone enjoys themselves. For example, to let pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders know you are approaching from behind – a simple ‘hi’ may save you from a startled horse landing on you! To pull in and let others pass and hurry on their way will leave you time to relax and enjoy the views they miss.
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.
This is an ideal way to access the Norfolk Coast Cycleway 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.
Additional Norfolk Coast cycling information
For information on cycling in King’s Lynn, along with useful cycling maps of the area, visit http://kingslynn.cyclestreets.net/