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Day Trail Guide - River Brett Valley

The River Brett is a picturesque and supremely peaceful northern tributary of the River Stour, which winds its way up into the heart of the Suffolk "Wool Towns" region.

The trail guide provides options to ride between 15 and 50 miles according to fitness and time availability. The route uses quiet country lanes, with no A roads and minimal use of B roads. Alternatively you can elect to use off-road tracks and bridleways for up to half of the route.


The itinerary for all 4 versions of the trail includes:

- quiet leafy lanes crossing the Stour & Box rivers to reach the peaceful River Brett Valley.

- lovely river valley views heading north to enter historic Hadleigh via medieval Toppesfield Bridge.

- a delightful old railway trail heading south-east out of Hadleigh through Raydon Great Wood.

- a visit to picturesque Langham Church on the lip of Dedham Vale (whose tower was used as a viewpoint by John Constable for several of his paintings).

Longer versions of the trail also include some or all of the following:

- a meander through some of Suffolk's most picturesque villages: Polstead, Kersey and Chelsworth.

- a visit to the Wool Town of Bildeston and its curiously isolated church on the hillside above it.

- a short offroad "canter" alongside one of England's smallest racecourses at Higham.



This trail guide is available free of charge when you hire a bike from Coolpedals.

It's also available for online purchase, in a range of digital and hardcopy formats, via the button below. This guide is also currently available free of charge (in some formats) when you sign up to our mailing list. For further details please visit our Biking Trail Guides page.


PRICING Format Format Format
Trail Version Bronze Silver / Silver GPS Gold / Gold GPS
Beginner £1.75 £3.75 £11.75 (OS Explorer 196)
Occasional Rider £2.00 £4.50 £12.50 (OS Explorer 196)
Regular Rider £2.25 £5.25 £13.25 (OS Explorer 196)
Energetic Rider £2.50 £6.00 £14.00 (OS Explorer 196)




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