The Norfolk Broads is an ideal place for cycling; quiet lanes, gently undulating countryside, unique and beautiful landscape.

These combine to make the Broads a truly special place, just waiting to be discovered by cyclists of all ages and abilities.

The Broads By Bike network consists of fourteen circular rides – nine exploring the northern Broads area from Wroxham, Ranworth and South Walsham along the River Bure, to Neatishead, Barton Turf and Dilham on the River Ant, with loads more in between.

There is even a stretch of the Network that reaches the coast, at Horsey, with its sand dunes and resident seal population. There are five routes exploring the southern Broads around the Waveney valley taking in Bungay, Beccles and Loddon.

There are links to wildlife centres and nature reserves, riverside walks and boat trips, not forgetting the Broads themselves – medieval peat workings flooded by rising sea levels to create freshwater lakes set in 120 miles of lock-free waterways.

There are many scenic villages to explore, with ancient churches, traditional wind pumps and other attractions to enjoy.

A wide variety of refreshment stops can be found along the way including traditional village pubs, tea rooms and cafés, many serving locally produced food and drink.

Alternatively, the Broads are ideal for enjoying a picnic, with many scenic locations around the network.

The overall boundary route covers 58 miles, and with links to off-road routes connecting you with the Bure Valley Railway path and National Cycle Route 1 via North Walsham and Aylsham, the Broads by Bike network enables serious and leisure cyclists alike to plan a rewarding trip around this special part of Britain.

Rail links to the network are availbale via train stations at Wroxham, Acle, Salhouse, and Worstead. Cycles can be carried free of charge subject to available space, with each train able to carry up to 4 bikes. Look for the special carriage marked with the cycle logo, usually at the end of the train.

It is advisable to book space for your bikes and for more information, visit: www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com or phone National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950.

There are bus services from Norwich to various places within the area. Phone the National Traveline information center on 0871 2002233 for full details or visit: