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Tour Statistics

Price Per Person: £119 (no mountain bike hire included)

Start & Finish: Harwich

Overnight Stop: Woolverstone

Suitability: Energetic Mountain Bike Rider looking for an adventurous expedition on a wide range of surfaces, with occasional requirement to push/carry bike.

Total Tour Distance: 104 miles (166 km)

Total Tour Ascent: 3100 feet ( 950 metres)

Tour Overview

The route circumnavigates the three largest coastal estuaries in Suffolk (Stour, Orwell, Deben). It starts gently with two ferry crossings and a spin along Felixstowe seafront. Thereafter, it follows the unspoilt coastal estuaries, using quiet lanes, bridleways, paths and levees, plus occasional stony beaches and marshy meadows.

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Day 1 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Harwich - Woolverstone

Cycling Distance: 49 miles (78 km)

Ascent: 1200 feet ( 370 metres)

Route Overview

Catch the first harbour ferry at 10.15am to cross the Orwell to Felixstowe - fare £6 with bicycle. (Or pre-book an earlier 9.00am crossing). A quick spin along the resort seafront brings you to a small ferry across the Deben. From here it's beautiful rural cycling up and down the Deben estuary, then some great riverside trails up to the graceful Orwell bridge, which takes you across to the Shotley Peninsula and your overnight accommodation.

Points of Interest en-route

Once you leave the hustle and bustle of Felixstowe behind, your main companions will be the birdlife and boatlife along the rivers. Specific points of interest along the route include the mysterious royal burial mounds at Sutton Hoo, the delightful riverside town of Woodbridge at the head of the Deben estuary, and a number of rural riverside pubs ( don't linger too long, you've a long way to cycle today!)



Overnight Stop: Woolverstone

Recommended Accommodation

Maytrees B&B.

Dinner Suggestions

The Butt & Oyster pub on the Orwell waterfront is not to be missed. It's just over a mile across the fields, or ask B&B owners Tony and Janey nicely and they can usually drive you there for a nominal charge.

Day 2 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Woolverstone - Harwich

Cycling Distance: 55 miles ( 88 km)

Ascent: 1900 feet ( 580 metres)

Route Overview

Today's route follows the shoreline pretty closely, south-east to the tip of the peninsula at Shotley Gate, then west along the Stour. Continuing the watery theme, the route detours briefly inland to whizz round Alton Water reservoir on an excellent cycling trail, before continuing into Constable Country at the western end of the Stour estuary. The final leg along the south side of the Stour takes you back to your starting point at Harwich.

Points of Interest en-route

The Shotley peninsula offers great rural tranquillity and gentle beauty along its full length, broken only by the surprising shock of Felixstowe Container Port just across the water from its tip. Just inland from the tidal headwaters of the Stour you visit the famous pastoral landscapes of John Constable's paintings, passing through Flatford, East Bergholt and Dedham.