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Tour Statistics

Price Per Person: £469 (luxury B&Bs) - £553 (character hotels)

Start & Finish: Langham

Overnight Stops: Dedham, Shotley or Harwich, Woodbridge, Blaxhall or Orford

Suitability: Occasional Rider, Regular Rider, Energetic Rider

Min - Max Total Tour Distance: 91 - 150 miles (146 - 240 km)

Min - Max Total Tour Ascent: 2900 - 4700 feet (880 - 1430 metres)

Offroad potential: Min 34 %; Max 63 %

Tour Overview

This tour heads east through Constable Country, following the Shotley peninsula round the Stour and Orwell estuaries to the Orwell bridge. This gives access to a peaceful rural circuit of the Felixstowe peninsula, leading to the riverside market town of Woodbridge. From here the route follows the river Deben downstream into the sandy heathlands and forests of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, to reach Orford.

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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: 30 - 46 miles (48 - 74 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 900 - 1400 feet (270 - 430 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 33% - 76%

Route Description

Northwest along the west side of the Orwell estuary to the Orwell Bridge. East across the bridge, then southeast as far as Levington, and northeast across the peninsula to meet the Deben estuary, which is followed north to reach Woodbridge.

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.

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

Sit outside for lunch overlooking a beautiful river estuary: either the Orwell from the Suffolk Food Hall, or the Deben from the Maybush Inn.

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

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 - Blaxhall or Orford

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 30 - 45 miles (48 - 72 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 900 - 1300 feet (270 - 400 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 37% - 56%

Route Description

Southeast along the eastern shores of the River Deben, then northeast through a mixture of sandy heathlands and forests to reach Butley. A curving loop eastwards skirts the Butley River mudflats before reaching Orford.

Points of Interest en-route

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

Enjoy a well earned break at the beautifully situated Ramsholt Arms on the estuary shore.

Admire Butley Priory's unusual architecture and setting.

Explore the varied forest and ancient oak trees at Daisy's Walk and Staverton Park.

Overnight Stop: Blaxhall or Orford

Recommended Accommodation Options

Character Inn/Hotel: The Crown and Castle (in Orford)

Luxury B&B: The Ship Inn (in Blaxhall)

Dinner Suggestions

Crown and Castle restaurant (in Orford)

Butley Orford Oysterage (in Orford)

The Ship Inn (in Blaxhall)

Things to See or Do

Visit 12th century Orford Castle and its museum.

Take a short river crossing to the mysterious Orford Ness National Nature Reserve.

Take a short river trip round Havergate Island, or a longer dinner cruise.

Day 5 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Blaxhall or Orford - Your Choice

Min - Max Cycling Distance: Up to you!

Route Description

Whatever you fancy! (If you have stayed overnight at Blaxhall, we recommend continuing at least the short distance to Orford). We will collect you and your bikes at the time and location of your choosing. Your options include a lazy morning in Orford, a gastronomic visit to the local smokehouses (Pinneys and Richardsons), a boat trip, a short cycle round local forest trails, or a full day's riding further northeast up the Heritage Coast. Let us know your preferences and we'll be delighted to provide an itinerary to suit.