United Kingdom : Norfolk

Highlights of Norfolk Cycling

Trip code: C05NO 4.3 (10 reviews)

Self-guided cycling

5 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

11.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

SUMMARY

  • Discover the nature of North Norfolk - visit RSPB Snettisham and the seals at Blakeney
  • Cycle between traditional villages through rolling open farmland
  • Explore the Sandringham Estate, the country retreat of the Royal Family
  • Visit the Palladian Mansions of Holkham Hall and Hougton Hall

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

This 5-night holiday in North Norfolk offers an introduction to this charming region full of natural highlights and historical sites.

You start and finish your holiday just outside Kings Lynn and will ride through low-lying landscapes through traditional villages and along quiet country lanes. After riding along the tree-lined avenues of the Sandringham Estate keen birdwatchers can visit RSPB Snettisham which attracts waders, ducks and geese. The high tide creates a great wildlife spectacle, as thousands of birds are forced off the vast mudflats of The Wash onto the reserve's lagoons. Visit Houghton Hall, once home to Sir Robert Walpole before arriving at your next overnight stop. Head to the Norfolk Coast AONB with its endless beaches backed by dunes and spend the next two nights in the Georgian market town of Holt, from where you can explore more of the coast with visits to Sheringham or Cromer or head to the Norfolk Broads. Accommodation is in a range of 4 star hotels, with on-site restaurants or a choice of places to eat locally.

Terrain

Much of your cycling is along narrow country lanes with the occasional designated cycling path. The cycling throughout this area is relatively undemanding, with many flat stretches, and the few hills that you encounter invariably enhance the beautiful scenery. Take your time on the routes - enjoy the views and visit the sights along the way.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Kings Lynn

Arrive at your hotel, just outside of Kings Lynn.

You stay at Knights Hill Hotel & Spa.

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Knights Hill Hotel & Spa, Kings Lynn

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Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Tea/coffee


Situated on the outskirts of Kings Lynn, in the heart of the beautiful Norfolk countryside, Knights Hill Hotel & Spa offers comfortable rooms combined with stylish elegance.
A choice of restaurants is available, the Garden Brasserie and Bar and the Farmers Arms Inn. There is also a spa, gym and indoor pool.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Kings Lynn to East Rudham (37km/23.0mi or 56km/34.8mi)

After your briefing you can choose your route for the day. All routes go through Castle Rising where you'll pass the fortifications which gave the village its name. Then, follow tree-lined avenues through the Sandringham Estate. The routes now split with the choice of going via Snettisham, with an optional extension to RSPB Snettisham, or to the lavendar fields at Heacham and on to the wide sandy beaches of the Wash.

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You stay at The Crown Inn.

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The Crown Inn, East Rudham

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

WiFi
Tea/coffee


Standing at the head of the Village Green, The Crown Inn combines traditional period features with modern-day comfort. It is a traditional yet contemporary Inn and gastro pub with 6 warm and comfortable rooms.

Day 3: East Rudham to Holt (50km/31.1mi)

Today your route takes you on quiet country lanes to the Norfolk Coast AONB. Explore Holkham Hall, an 18th Century Palladian-style mansion and continue through Holkham National Nature Reserve through the dunes to the beach at Wells. Follow the promenade along the estuary to Wells-next-the-Sea, a pretty harbour town with plenty of options for lunch. Follow gravel tracks and lanes to reach the monastic ruins of Binham Priory, founded in 1091 and continue to Holt, a Georgian market town where you will spend the next 2 nights.

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You stay at The Feathers Hotel.

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The Feathers Hotel, Holt

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


Situated in Holt’s bustling high street, The Feathers has a long tradition of warm hospitality. The historic bar features lounges and snugs with stylish interior complemented by 14 newly refurbished bedrooms. Rooms are charming and thoughtfully designed with modern English inspiration.

The Lawns rooms are newly refurbished, situated a slight distance away from the main hotel and bar. If staying here, guests and can use all the same facilities and enjoy breakfast at the main Feathers restaurant.

Day 4: At Holt (30km/18.6mi or 54km/33.6mi)

A range of routes are available to you today - Ride to the coast and the villages of Morston and Blakeney from where you can take boat trips to see the seals, or take the North Norfolk Railway steam train (payable locally) to Sheringham, from where you'll cycle on to Cromer. Or head towards the Blickling Estate, with a Jacobean red brick mansion and on to Aylsham from where you have the option of taking the steam train to Wroxham where you can go on a boat trip on the Norfolk Broads.

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You stay at The Feathers Hotel.

hotel details

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The Feathers Hotel, Holt

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


Situated in Holt’s bustling high street, The Feathers has a long tradition of warm hospitality. The historic bar features lounges and snugs with stylish interior complemented by 14 newly refurbished bedrooms. Rooms are charming and thoughtfully designed with modern English inspiration.

The Lawns rooms are newly refurbished, situated a slight distance away from the main hotel and bar. If staying here, guests and can use all the same facilities and enjoy breakfast at the main Feathers restaurant.

Day 5: From Holt to Kings Lynn (61km/37.9mi)

Today cycle through a series of villages on quiet country lanes. Visit the Steam Museum at Thursford, with the world's largest collection of steam engines and organs. Cycle on through Little Walsingham, a place of religious pilgrimage with the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham just outside the village. Cycle back through the Sandringham Estate to the hotel.

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You stay at Knights Hill Hotel & Spa.

hotel details

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Knights Hill Hotel & Spa, Kings Lynn

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Tea/coffee


Situated on the outskirts of Kings Lynn, in the heart of the beautiful Norfolk countryside, Knights Hill Hotel & Spa offers comfortable rooms combined with stylish elegance.
A choice of restaurants is available, the Garden Brasserie and Bar and the Farmers Arms Inn. There is also a spa, gym and indoor pool.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 6: Depart after breakfast

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £308.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £308.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Electric bikes
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

This holiday does not include any flights or rail

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Overall, I had an excellent time. Norfolk is beautiful and excellent for cycling. I can’t wait to return. And the routes were really excellent for exploring the area.

Mark Buccella, 9 Oct 2023

 

Well organised trip, good electric bikes, lovely routes, hotels and locations.

Jan Sinclair, 16 Jul 2023

 

Headwater offer the opportunity to explore a region in the best way possible, cycling. Interesting places to visit and a variety of accommodation and food. Great adventures to be had.

Mr Inkster, 21 Aug 2022

 

Excellent holiday, especially for visiting places of historic interest

Mr Davey, 21 Aug 2022

 

Cycling in north Norfolk was a great way to see the area in a bit more detail and offered a good variety of countryside, seaside, country house estates etc to ride through and allowed time to look around if we wanted to. It was great to have the app to tell us our route without having to constantly check a map. The hotels were all very comfortable. Very enjoyable. A few bike issues which was a bit unfortunate but we still had a good time.

Mrs DUNCAN, 3 Oct 2021

 

A lovely way to see a lovely and interesting part of the country. Our weather was mixed, but that did not prove to be a problem, with a comfy and welcoming hotel waiting at the end of each day. Universally, we were given a warm welcome, and the navigation app was a boon : we didn't get lost at all.

Mr BLACK, 26 Sep 2021

 

The cycling was a little harder than we had expected, it is rated 1+ but could perhaps have been a 2. One bike that was originally supplied was really in need of a service and was not very good. Having said that once I mentioned this it was changed the next day and the replacement was fine. The shower in the hotel at Holt was very weak but we were told that the water pressure in the area is very low. The last day of cycling is quite tiring though there are quite a few potential stopping places. Overall this was a very good holiday. We used to cycle daily to work but having retired and so cycling less we found this a little more of a challenge.

Mr DAVIES, 19 Sep 2021

 

An enjoyable holiday in a part of the country we have never previously visited.

Mr WOOD, 15 Aug 2021

 

Great experience from booking to departure! Pity about the weather - we got drenched on the first day!

Mr BETTS, 27 Jul 2021

 

A wonderful way to see the beautiful Norfolk countryside.

Mr ABRAMS, 13 Jun 2021

 


Self-guided cycling

5 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

11.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

5 nights from £1289

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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