Coolpedals biking holidays, fun bike ride, nice biking trails

Tour Statistics

Price Per Person: £345 (luxury B&Bs) - £381 (character hotels)

Start & Finish: Langham

Overnight Stops: Dedham, Shotley or Harwich, Stoke by Nayland

Suitability: Occasional Rider, Regular Rider, Energetic Rider

Min - Max Total Tour Distance: 56 - 156 miles (90 - 250 km)

Min - Max Total Tour Ascent: 2000 - 5800 feet (610 - 1770 metres)

Offroad potential: Min 32 %; Max 52 %

Tour Overview

This tour takes you right round Constable Country, covering the designated Dedham Vale AONB area close to the River Stour, and the (arguably) even prettier area heading upstream towards Sudbury. It also includes a full circumnavigation of the Shotley peninsula, giving many delightful views of the Stour and Orwell estuaries.

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Day 1 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Langham - Dedham

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 6 - 15 miles (10 - 24 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 100 - 300 feet (30 - 90 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 10% - 20%

Route Overview

A short warm-up ride. North from Langham via small country lanes to the lip of Dedham Vale. Then a meander east along the Stour Valley into Dedham village.

Points of Interest en-route

Visit peaceful 12th C Langham Church nestled on a wooded ridge above Dedham Vale. The tower was a viewpoint used by John Constable for several of his paintings.

Overnight Stop: Dedham

Recommended Accommodation Options

Character Inn/Hotel: Milsoms Hotel

Luxury B&B: Dedham Hall

Dinner Suggestions

Milsoms Restaurant.

Fountain House Restaurant at Dedham Hall.

Sun Inn on Dedham High Street opposite the Church.

Boathouse Restaurant on the banks of the River Stour.

Things to See or Do

Stroll along the banks of the Stour, or hire a rowing boat from the Boathouse.

Visit the Alfred Munnings Museum (check opening days) to admire his beautiful paintings and sculptures.

Browse in Dedham's quaint village shops and the Art & Craft Centre.

Day 2 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Dedham - Shotley or Harwich (via passenger foot ferry)

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 25 - 44 miles (40 - 70 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 1000 - 1700 feet (300 - 520 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 36% - 70%

Route Overview

East along Dedham Vale to the Stour Estuary. North East onto the Shotley peninsula, skirting around the shores of Alton Water. Follow the ever narrowing taper of land eastwards out towards the very tip of the peninsula. Depending on choice of overnight accommodation, you can stay on the peaceful peninsula or take a short ferry trip over the water to the hustle & bustle of Old Harwich Port.

Points of Interest en-route

Visit scenes painted by John Constable at Bridge Cottage, Flatford Mill and Willy Lott's Cottage on the banks of the Stour.

Watch the watersports on Alton Water, or have a go at kayaking or paddleboarding.

Pause a moment at Erwarton village. The impressive Hall was occasional childhood home to Anne Boleyn, and the church next door houses a small casket alleged to contain her heart, buried there at her request.

Overnight Stop: Shotley or Harwich

Recommended Accommodation Options

Character Inn/Hotel: The Pier at Harwich

Luxury B&B: Maytrees near Woolverstone, or Hill House Farm near Shotley

(Maytrees is our recommended choice for convenient access to pubs for an evening meal. Hill House Farm has fabulous estuary views, but is rather remote, requiring a 1 hour walk or a £20 taxi fare to reach a pub for an evening meal).

Dinner Suggestions

The Pier Restaurants (Harwich)

Butt & Oyster riverside pub at Chelmondiston near Shotley

Things to See or Do

At Harwich, find a nice seat on the waterfront to watch the ships going in and out of Harwich & Felixstowe ports.

At Shotley, stroll down to the estuary and watch the birds coming in to roost in the evening.

Day 3 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Shotley or Harwich - Stoke by Nayland

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 25 - 51 miles (40 - 82 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 900 - 1800 feet (270 - 550 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 32% - 57%

Route Description

Northwest along the western shores of the Orwell Estuary, turning inland just before the Orwell Bridge which marks the southern edge of Ipswich. Northwest towards the market town of Hadleigh, entering it via a delightful old railway trail. South-west across the Brett Valley, then a final climb up to Stoke by Nayland.

Points of Interest en-route

Pause awhile at picturesque Pin Mill with its marina, houseboats and pub on the estuary shore.

Give in to gastronomic temptation at The Suffolk Food Hall or Jimmy's Farm.

Stroll along Hadleigh's bustling high street with its many fine medieval buildings.

 

Overnight Stop: Stoke by Nayland

Recommended Accommodation Options

Character Inn/Hotel: Crown Inn

Luxury B&B: Poplars Farmhouse

Dinner Suggestions

Crown Inn restaurant

Angel Inn restaurant

Things to See or Do

Explore 15th century St Marys Church in its splendid hilltop setting (a favourite John Constable subject, used in several of his paintings).

Visit nearby Stoke by Nayland club for a round of golf or a luxury spa treatment.

Day 4 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Stoke by Nayland - Langham

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 0 - 46 miles (0 - 74 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 0 - 2000 feet (0 - 610 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 0% - 39%

Route Description

Southwest and steeply downhill to Nayland. Then, depending on fitness and time availability, either a short or long scenic loop westwards along the idyllic Stour valley, before climbing south out of the valley to return to Langham.

Points of Interest en-route

Pedal slowly along the beautifully preserved medieval high street of Nayland village. If your timing is right you may see Suffolk Punches ploughing the local fields.

Watch activities at the busy Essex and Suffolk gliding club at Wormingford ( or even pre-book a trial flight!).

Visit Dedham Vale Vineyard and take a tour to learn about the winemaking process.