Cycling Routes for Everyone in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

With over 50 miles of coastline, two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, countless forests and woods and any number of peaceful meandering country roads, Suffolk is a Mecca for cyclists.

Despite the counties' mostly flat countryside, Suffolk offers challenges for all abilities, all of which are accompanied by a beautiful view. Whether you’re an avid expert cyclist or a newcomer with a dusty old bike in the shed looking to improve your fitness for 2018, check out these "two-wheel-tips", hop on your bicycle and head out on one of these cycling routes in Bury St Edmunds at Beyond. 

Maglia Rosso is an independent cycle centre which has been described as a “must visit” for cyclists of any age and any ability. Located in a former public house, it stocks cycles and essential kit by some of the best cycling manufacturers, plus a fabulous country cafe (for cakes at the start or end of your ride, your choice!) and a children's playground. On site there is a purpose built 1-mile Cyclo Cross course (if you’re brave enough to try it!) and cycling routes starting from and returning to the centre, ranging from 15-100 miles. There's also cycle hire for your visit to the Bury St Edmunds area.

If you’re looking for something that takes you on more of a leisurely pace, download and print this cycle map, which features routes of varying lengths. You can pick and choose your way along the route, stopping wherever takes your fancy to enjoy Bury St Edmunds historic town centre. The town boasts a wealth of beautiful architecture, shopping opportunities and food and drink. If you haven’t ever made the trip, we definitely recommend you take the route past Suffolk’s only cathedral, St Edmundsbury. 

And if you feel inspired by the cathedral, you could save for another day, the 30-mile ‘Towers and Spires’ cycle route which takes in some of the remarkable parish churches that surround Bury St Edmunds. 

One of the real jewels in the Crown among Bury St Edmunds cycling routes is ‘The Miller’s Trail’, which promises to really “take you back in time” and offers a route available only to cyclists. The route offers a rich and traditional agricultural course; passing turning sails and waterwheels of historic mills - stop to climb the stairs and see the Suffolk landscape from the height of the mill towers. You also have a chance to take home some freshly milled flour and pass by some beautiful villages and nature reserves. 
The route starts at the ancient village of Ixworth and takes in several surrounding villages and treats via a 23 mile route (12 mile shortcut version also available).

For those who prefer not to have to concentrate on such things as road safety or just like to cycle at night but not in the dark, why not visit Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre.There are day and annual passes available, so you can cycle until you’re worn out rather than following a route!

And if you’re looking for a goal to work towards, Abbeycroft Leisure, who run the centre, also organise an annual ladies event called Women on Wheels (WOW) Bury St Edmunds which takes place on 8th July and offers 4 routes of varying endurance. The event is always very popular so book early and if you do so before 11th March, you will get a 25% discount. 

Finally, if you are planning a short break or holiday in Suffolk, why not consider making it a cycling holiday? There is no better way to see Suffolk than on two wheels and Bury St Edmunds is the perfect base from which to explore. The town has some unrivalled beautiful hotels, restaurants and traditional pubs where you can cosy down after a long days riding. There are plenty of self-catering, cycling-friendly places to stay too, including a mega pod at West Stow PodsBox Bush Cottage and Wylene Holiday Home among other places. Or for a more arduous “break”, hop around the county from day to day taking your whole weeks wardrobe and equipment with you as go – just think of all the calories you’ll burn!

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