Coolpedals cycling holidays, cycle hire, cycling trails in Suffolk and Essex, UK

About Our Region

North Essex and South Suffolk offers surprisingly varied rolling countryside, heavily influenced by river valleys, estuaries and coastline, and offering great opportunities for watching birdlife & wildlife. The mostly rural landscape is liberally scattered with small villages, many of them highly picturesque with lots of historic buildings and oak-beamed medieval pubs.

Constable Country

This archetypal rural English countryside (now designated as Dedham Vale AONB) has been made famous by John Constable, and it has changed remarkably little in the 200 years since he painted it. The National Trust visitor centre at Flatford Mill on the River Stour is popular and well worth a visit. But to experience the real peace and unspoilt beauty of the area it pays to explore further afield, particularly upstream towards Nayland and Bures.

Suffolk Heritage Coast

To the east of Constable Country lies a timeless and subtly mysterious landscape of sandy heathlands dotted with forests and meandering coastal estuaries. Since 1970 it's been protected as the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB. Its treasures include the Sutton Hoo burial grounds, twisted ancient oak trees at Staverton Park, and numerous bird reserves including Minsmere.

East Anglian "Highlands"

West of Constable Country, the landscape is one of rolling ancient farmlands, cut through by some surprisingly steep sided river valleys. There are no real mountains of course, but it's a very far cry from the "flat as a pancake" East Anglian stereotype! Nestling along the river valleys are a host of beautiful ancient villages and towns - Lavenham, Kersey, Clare, Finchingfield, Castle Hedingham, Thaxted and many more. Its hard to pick a favourite but you can have fun trying!

 

deer in wheatfield green lane near Stoke by Nayland
levington church kersey high street