United Kingdom : Norfolk

Contrasts of Norfolk Cycling

Trip code: C07NO 5 (1 reviews)

Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

11.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

SUMMARY

  • North Norfolk Coast - An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - visit RSPB Titchwell and the seals at Blakeney
  • Beautiful villages with traditional flint, stone and pebble buildings, typical to the area
  • Visit Sandringham, the country retreat of the Royal Family
  • Stunning gardens at historical manor houses including Holkham Hall and Houghton Hall

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 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

Beautiful country and coastal scenery, grand country Estates, fabulous wildlife and a timeless charm - this 7-night holiday in North Norfolk has so much to see and do you'll you'll be spoilt for choice.

You'll cycle through charming villages, where the buildings are made with flint, stone and pebbles, and along country lanes and coastal trails. Ride along the tree-lines avenues of the Sandringham Estate, the country retreat of the Royal Family and visit a wealth of other Estates including Blickling Hall, a Jacobean red brick mansion. Head to the coast with wide sandy stretches, sand dunes and the seaside resorts of Sheringham and Cromer. Take boat trips to discover a different aspect of the natural wonders of the region and spot seals. We have included 3 nights at Holt, a Georgian market town as it is a good base from which to explore the coast and reach 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.

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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

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 2: Kings Lynn to Old Hunstanton (34km/21.1mi)

After your briefing you'll set out on the quiet country lanes of Norfolk. Just before arriving in the first village of the day, Castle Rising, you'll pass the fortifications the village is named for. Continue on, along tree-lined avenues, through the Sandringham Estate, before cycling on country lanes through farmland and the villages of Shernborne and Fring on your way to the coast. Discover the lavendar fields at Heacham and then cycle along the promenade with the wide sandy beaches of the Wash beside you to your overnight stop at Old Hunstanton.

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You stay at Le Strange Arms Hotel.

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Le Strange Arms Hotel, Old Hunstanton

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


Le Strange Arms Hotel is just a stone’s throw from the sea, with lawns leading down to a sandy beach at Old Hunstanton.
It is possible to dine in either the Le Strange Brasserie, or in the adjoining pub, The Ancient Mariner.

Day 3: Old Hunstanton to East Rudham (53km/32.9mi)

Today your route follows gently undulating country lanes towards Burnham Market, a traditional North Norfolk village,with a detour on route to Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve where you can spot bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers in the reedbeds. Pass Bircham windmill which looks much as it did 100 years ago and is one of the best remaining before continuing to your overnight stop in East Rudham.

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

Heading back towards the Norfolk Coast AONB stop at Holkham Hall, an 18th Century Country House where you can visit the Hall before continuing through Holkham National Nature Reserve to the sea to enjoy a picnic on the beach at Wells. Follow the estuary along to Wells-next-the-Sea, a pretty harbour town. Cycling along gravel tracks and lanes reach the monastic ruins of Binham Priory. The Benedictine priory was founded in 1091, the nave of which, with its 13th century west front and Norman arches, is now the parish church. Continue to Holt, an historic Georgian market town where you will spend the next 3 nights.

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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: At Holt (30km/18.6mi or 35km/21.7mi)

You have a choice of routes today, both of which will take you to the coast. Ride to the villages of Morston and Blakeney from where you can take boat trips to see the seals. Cycle on to Cley and Cley Marshes Visitor Centre. Alternatively take the North Norfolk Railway steam train (payable locally) to Sheringham, from where you'll cycle on to Cromer, known as 'The Gem of the Norfolk Coast' which found fame as a traditional seaside resort in Victorian times. Follow in part the Weavers' Way and skirt the Felbrigg Estate and ride through the village of Gresham back to Holt.

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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 6: At Holt (48km/29.8mi or 54km/33.6mi)

A choice of routes again today, both routes take you to Aylsham from where you have the option of going on the Bure Valley steam railway to Wroxham where you can go on a boat trip of the Norfolk Broads.
Option 1 takes you via Mannington Hall, a moated medieval country house and the Blickling Estate, a National Trust property before returning from Aylsham along the Marriott's Way, which follows a disused railway line. Continuing back towards Holt visit the village of Heydon, a charming cul-de-sac village in a Conservation Area.
The second option takes you on the North Norfolk Railway steam train (payable locally) to Sheringham and over the 'Norfolk Alps' to the Blickling Estate and then follows the same route.

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

Today you will cycle mainly on quiet country lanes, through a series of villages. Of note is Little Walsingham, which has a long history of religious pilgrimage. Visit Houghton Hall and Gardens, built in the 1720s for Great Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole it is one of England's finest Palladian houses. Cycle back through the Sandringham Estate to the hotel.

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You stay at Knights Hill Hotel & Spa.

hotel details



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 8: Depart after breakfast

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £458.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £458.

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

Excellent overall. HQ staff v. helpful. Pre trip info was excellently presented.

Norman Seddon, 9 Jun 2024

 


Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

11.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

7 nights from £1619

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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