Welcome to Britain’s Magical Waterland, a place of winding rivers and open broads. But the hinterland away from the water is equally magical in its own way; it complements the waterland and there is no better way to explore it than on two wheels.
The Broads National Park is a truly special place, just waiting to be discovered by cyclists of all ages and abilities. It is an ideal place to enjoy cycling, with quiet lanes, gently undulating countryside and a unique and beautiful landscape.
The Broads By Bike network consists of sixteen 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 area are available via train stations at Hoveton, Acle, Salhouse, Worstead, Beccles and Reedham. The Greater Anglia Cycles on Trains initiative allows for bicycles to be carried on local trains in a cycle carriage area that is located at one end of the train and is indicated by a cycle logo next to the entrance door.
Cycle spaces are available for those travelling on the day and space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call Greater Anglia Reservations Office on 0345 600 7245, which is open 8am–10pm, six days a week.
For information on bus services available to many of the principal towns in the Broads National Park, call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.