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Tour Statistics

Price Per Person: £536 (luxury B&Bs) - £597 (character hotels)

Start & Finish: Langham

Overnight Stops: Dedham, Shotley or Harwich, Woodbridge (2 nights), Hintlesham

Suitability: Occasional Rider, Regular Rider, Energetic Rider

Min - Max Total Tour Distance: 100 - 255 miles (160 - 408 km)

Min - Max Total Tour Ascent: 3100 - 8300 feet (940 - 2530 metres)

Offroad potential: Min 24 %; Max 53 %

Tour Overview

This tour takes you through the heart of Constable Country, before heading east to explore Suffolk's delightfully complex coastline (with help from 3 foot ferries to cross river estuaries). Beyond the estuaries you head north to Woodbridge, which serves as a base for a full day's exploration of Suffolk's coastal heathlands and forests, before departing west for the return to Langham via a scenic loop through the northern half of Constable Country.

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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 finger 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 - Woodbridge

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

Min - Max Ascent: 700 - 1200 feet (210 - 370 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 28% - 64%

Route Description

Foot ferry to Felixstowe's Landguard Fort. North east across the Felixstowe peninsula (via sea front or rural options) to the Deben estuary. Foot ferry to Bawdsey, birthplace of radar. Then north through sandy heathlands and forests towards Woodbridge, with an opportunity to visit Sutton Hoo en-route.

Points of Interest en-route

Marvel briefly at the gargantuan operations at Felixstowe Container Port (also known as the Giant Giraffe Farm...) before escaping quickly back to the countryside.

If you choose the right day, you can visit the radar exhibition at Bawdsey Manor.

Visit Sutton Hoo's mysterious royal burial mounds, then wander through ancient woods to viewpoints looking across the River Deben to Woodbridge.

 

Overnight Stop: Woodbridge

Recommended Accommodation Options

Character Inn/Hotel: Seckford Hall

Luxury B&B: St Anne's School House

Dinner Suggestions

Seckford Hall Restaurants

The Waterfront Cafe

Ye Olde Bell and Steelyard

Things to See or Do

Visit Woodbridge's major landmarks, the Tidemill and the Windmill.

Play a round of golf at Seckford Golf Club.

Browse Woodbridge's excellent range of shops.

 

 

Day 4 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Woodbridge - Woodbridge

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 18 - 55 miles (29 - 88 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 500 - 1500 feet (150 - 460 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 22% - 62%

Route Description

A looped circuit to the east of Woodbridge, which explores Rendlesham and Tunstall Forests, the open heathlands surrounding them, and the Suffolk coast beyond.

Points of Interest en-route

Admire the ancient pollarded oak trees at Daisy's Walk in Staverton Park on the northern edge of Rendlesham Forest.

Visit magnificent 12th Century Orford Castle and the pleasant hostelries of Orford village.

Enjoy the facilities and peaceful coastal setting of Snape Maltings.

 

Overnight Stop: Woodbridge

Recommended Accommodation Options

Character Inn/Hotel: Seckford Hall

Luxury B&B: St Anne's School House

Dinner Suggestions

Seckford Hall Restaurants

The Waterfront Cafe

Ye Olde Bell and Steelyard

Things to See or Do

Visit Woodbridge's major landmarks, the Tidemill and the Windmill.

Play a round of golf at Seckford Golf Club.

Browse Woodbridge's excellent range of shops.

 

 

Day 5 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Woodbridge - Hintlesham

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 26 - 48 miles (42 - 77 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 800 - 1500 feet (240 - 460 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 12% - 48%

Route Description

South from Woodbridge, to Waldringfield on the banks of the Deben river. Southwest to delightful Levington village overlooking the Orwell Estuary. West across the Orwell via the graceful sweep of the Orwell Bridge. Northwest via small country lanes to the small village of Hintlesham.

Points of Interest en-route

Enjoy the comings and goings at the thriving Waldringfield sailing club.

Sit outside for lunch at the Suffolk Food Hall, overlooking the Orwell Estuary.

Pay a visit to Jimmy's Farm to see some of the rare breeds.

 

Overnight Stop: Hintlesham

Recommended Accommodation Options

Character Inn/Hotel: Hintlesham Hall

Luxury B&B: Hintlesham Hall

Dinner Suggestions

Hintlesham Hall Restaurant

The George Pub

Things to See or Do

Book in for a round of golf at Hintlesham Golf Club.

Take a peaceful stroll round the nearby Wolves Wood RSPB reserve.

 

Day 6 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Hintlesham - Langham

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 0 - 49 miles (0 - 78 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 0 - 2100 feet (0 - 640 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 0% - 33%

Route Description

West towards Hadleigh, entering it via a delightful old railway trail. Southwest across the Brett Valley, a climb up to Stoke by Nayland, followed by a steep descent 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.