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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 (look out for Sustrans red 1 symbols). Here, the formerly named regional route 30 begins and follows quieter roads through to Cromer. It then passes through the Quiet Lanes networking before finally following the coast down to Great Yarmouth. There are regular route markers (blue 30 symbols) to follow throughout.

Please note: at the time of writing (January 2021), the route is currently being reviewed by Norfolk County Council alongside Sustrans.

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.

Buy a copy of the Norfolk Coast Cycleway map guide >

The route can also be viewed on Sustrans website and Norfolk Trails and their active map.

Update – please note and send us your feedback

In July 2020 Sustrans removed some of the National Cycle Network from their mapping due to the high average speed and volume of motor vehicles. Some of the Norfolk routes on the map are thus no longer formally part of the network this applies to regional Route 30. The action was taken as their vision is to make the National Cycle Network traffic-free, fully accessible and safe for everyone, including children and people using mobility cycles.

Norfolk County Council are currently in the process of creating a plan for the National Cycle Network in Norfolk. To support this work, Norfolk Coast Partnership would greatly value your feedback and experiences of the Norfolk Coast Cycleway following your trip, with particular respect to the signage, volume and speed of motorised traffic and your overall enjoyment of the route. We have a long-term commitment to safe, accessible cycling in the area and are looking forward to developing this sector and building on the work to date. Please forward your comments to helen.timson@norfolk.gov.uk

Explorer loops

The reverse of the map displays a selection of Explorer loops off from the main Norfolk Coast Cycleway route. Each loop map includes a points of interest description. 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.

View the starting locations of these routes on our Active Map by selecting the Cycle routes category >

Click on the locations below for more information on each of the 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.

How to get your Norfolk Coast Cycleway map guide

You can buy the guide on our online shop.

Profits from the sale of the guide are fed into the Norfolk Coast Partnership small grant fund enabling community groups to undertake projects which bring environmental benefits to the Area.

Discounted rates are available for businesses wishing to bulk order – if you are interested in stocking the maps please contact us for further details and to arrange.

Maps can be collected from our office by prior arrangement. If you wish to order by post then we accept cheques made payable to ‘Norfolk Coast Fund’ (£5 including p&p).

You can purchase a copy at most Tourist Information points in the Area as well as some cycle hire outlets, campsites and other businesses (see a list of stockists below). Sustrans also provide an alternative through their Sustrans on-line shop.

Other map guide stockists

You can purchase a copy at a range of stockists across the Norfolk coast.

The following stockists list is as a guide only and additional outlets may also have copies available.

A E Wallis Cycle Shop, Station Road, Heacham
Crabpot Books, Cley-next-the-Sea
Cromer Information Centre, Louden Road car park, Cromer
Deepdale Information Centre, Burnham Deepdale
Fakenham Fairway Campsite, Burnham Market Road, Fakenham
Huff n Puff Cycle Hire, Kelling Heath Caravan Park
Jarrolds, Norwich
King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre, Purfleet Quay, King’s Lynn
Mundesley Visitor Centre,  Shoppers Car Park, Station Road, Mundesley
Norwich TIC, The Forum, Norwich
On Yer Bike cycle hire, Wighton
Paperklip, Bridge Street, Fakenham
Sandringham Camping and Caravan Club,  Double Lodges, Sandringham
Sandringham Camping and Caravan Club, West Newton Road, Sandringham
Sea Palling cycle hire, Horning Road, Hoveton
Sheringham Tourist Information Centre, North Norfolk Railway, Stationer Road, Sheringham
Trunch Village Stores and Post Office, Trunch, nr North Walsham
Wells Bike Hire, Wells-next-the-Sea
Wells Maltings, Wells-next-the-Sea
Weybourne Village Stores, Weybourne

Norfolk Coast Cycleway: a 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. The 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 through the eastern Broads area was included, although this involves a walking section. The map guide produced at each phase was regularly reviewed and reprinted culminating in the present version which has incorporated them into a single, easy to follow guide.

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