Suffolk Cycling Tour

Flesh out general stuff about cycle routes, off road routes, better drivers, YHAs and campsites all good, flat, varied, friendly.


This has always been my point of arrival, exhausted and tired after a 116 mile cycle ride, the Dunwich Dynamo, overnight, direct from Hackney in east London.

Dunwich has a long history - used to be a major port - declined over the years, not least due to coastal erosion.

Dunwich Forest

There are cyclable routes through Dunwich Forest, allowing you to avoid the main road as you head south.

Snape Maltings

It looks nice, looked nicer a few years ago before the Gentrification. Now there's lots of expensive flats on-site, bars and shops, as well as a world class classical music venue.

Aldeburgh to Thorpeness

Walk: Blaxhall to Aldeburgh

Orford Ness

Fascinating history - from glorified pig pen to cutting edge nuclear research laboratory, and now, wildlife sanctuary and museum.


The place is a bit poncey, very middle class. The reasons for this quickly become obvious.
There's a carnival in August
Benjamin Britten lived here too.
An excellent Fish and Chip shop which always seems to be shut when I'm there.

and apparently, Thomas Dolby lives there.

Aldeburgh on line

the Mfffmfff Ferry

Stour Valley

There is a new Youth hostel near Maningtree, which I can recommend highly.

The nearby River Stour (See Wikipedia).

Considered to be Constable country.

Swallows and Amazons

This is a very well known spot - nice cycle ride, but food's expensive. didn;t have any but it looked good, and smelt good, but at those prices, you would expect nothing less.

It's a nice spot though - I stopped to have a beer.

Then, suddenly, Felixstowe Docks were visible across the estuary: