Are you ready for a gravel track, sandy bridleway, country lane cycling adventure in the footsteps of the Romans? Yes? Then this is the tour for you!
‘Organisation was extremely well done and the entire trip ran flawlessly.’
77 miles / 2 Days
The Peddars Way sweeps you from the forests of Thetford to the lapping waves of Holme-next-the-Sea. First appearing on a map in 1587, the route actually dates to AD61 when the Romans wanted fast connections between their military garrison at Colchester and the heartlands of a rebellious Celtic tribe, the Iceni.
Now a designated hiking and cycling trail, the Peddars Way offers a thrilling journey across a variety of Norfolk’s finest landscapes. The mostly traffic-free route navigates off-road terrain which is thrilling for beginner and intermediate cyclists alike.
Holme-next-the-Sea marks a thrilling conclusion to the Peddar’s Way, but our tour continues to King’s Lynn, stopping at one of England’s best-preserved medieval castles and the Queen’s much-loved Sandringham Estate.
Sandringham House and Estate. Home to four generations of British Monarchs and surrounded by 8,000 hectares of estate.
Castle Rising. One of England’s bestpreserved castles, built around 1140 and surrounded by massive earthworks.
Peddars Way. In typical Roman style, this arrow-straight route transects Norfolk and allows swift progress from forest to coast.
Off-road cycling through a variety of Norfolk’s best scenery.
Anglo-Saxon Burial Mounds. Similar to those seen in Netflix’s 'The Dig'.
- Summary of the Tour
- Dates and Prices
- What’s Included
- What’s Not Included
Summary of the Tour.
Little Massingham to King’s Lynn (40 miles)
Nearing the coast the route becomes more undulating, rolling over waves of chalk landscape. This is a day of panoramic cycling along gravel trails and sandy paths with views stretching to the horizon and an impossibly-vast sky parachuting above. Gradually the earthy fragrance of inland Norfolk succumbs to the tang of salt. Explode onto the beach near Holme-next-the-Sea with a smile on your face. From here, the Romans may have continued to Lincolnshire by boat, but you can pause to admire nearby sand dunes and a golden beach which appears to continue forever. Our tour continues to King’s Lynn. Along the way, you’ll pass Sandringham House, owned by four generations of British Monarchs and surrounded by 8,000 hectares of estate, and Castle Rising, one of England’s most impressively-preserved medieval castles. You can stay in King’s Lynn for the night or return home; either way, we’re certain you’ll have crammed countless memories, many miles and several millennia of history into two days.
Thetford to Little Massingham (37 miles)
Starting in the forests of Thetford, the route makes a beeline for the Peddars Way, which it first joins near Bridgham. From here, point your wheels north towards the coast, and pedal along the arrow-straight track. The cycling is flat and any challenge arises from the rutted bridleway and gravel paths. You’ll pass few towns or villages as most Roman settlements have disappeared over the last two centuries, giving a sense of isolation and remoteness to the ride. However, just before the end of the day, you’ll pass one historic settlement that remains intact. Castle Acre was situated at a Roman crossroads; Peddars Way headed north-south, a second road went west-east. Explore the Norman Priory and castle ruins before heading to your overnight accommodation at Little Massingham, which marks the high-point of the Peddars Way.
Day 1: Thetford to Little Massingham (37.2 miles)
Day 2: Little Massingham to King’s Lynn (40 miles)
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We carry your bags between hotels so you don’t have to!
Two nights of high-quality accommodation.
Accessible as a GPS track on your phone before you even leave.
We are available to support your trip and answer any questions.
Unrivalled knowledge of cycling in Britain.
We pride ourselves as being the experts in British cycling!
What’s Not Included.
A Bike and Helmet.
There are various local rental companies if you don’t wish to bring your own.
This is a self-guided trip, but don’t worry; our route plans are really simple to navigate with. We advise you to have basic bike maintenance skills, such as fixing a puncture.
Transport to Thetford/from King’s Lynn.
Thetford and King's Lynn are both easily accessible by car or train.
We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
Most of your accommodation options include breakfast, but lunches, snacks and evening meals are not provided.
We do not include accommodation in Thetford the night before your tour begins. If you want us to arrange this for you, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help.
We have accommodation options to suit a range of budgets, however, all have been selected because we are sure you’ll find warm hospitality and enjoy a pleasant, memorable stay there.
We provide centrally-located 3 and 4-star hotels and B&B’s where rest and comfort are guaranteed!
This is a Grade 2 tour, which means it is suitable ‘for an electric bike or a cyclist that wants some but not too much challenge’. These routes are ‘flat and undulating at times. If you can cycle 40 miles then this is for you.’
The average daily distance is 38.5 miles, much of it off-road on sand and gravel trails, and includes daily climbs of 1,000 feet (300 metres). You can use an electric bike to flatten the hills and make this journey extremely enjoyable.
If you prefer a slower and more relaxed pace, we also offer a 3-day Peddars Way itinerary.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Do you cater to vegan and vegetarian diets?
Absolutely! Inform us in advance of any dietary requirements and we will be glad to cater to you.
Will we be able to wash our clothes on the trip?
There will be opportunities to wash clothes in your accommodation or at a launderette.
What level of fitness do I need?
This is a Grade 2 tour, which means it is suitable ‘for an electric bike or a cyclist that wants some but not too much challenge’. These routes are ‘flat and undulating at times. If you can cycle 40 miles then this is for you.’ Check out our coaching section for more info.
What level of support is offered?
This is a self-guided trip meaning we arrange your hotels, a baggage transfer and provide you with detailed route notes. We remain on hand to answer any questions and offer support.
Can I use an e-bike for this tour?
This route has been designed with electric bikes in mind. All our accommodation options can charge e-bikes batteries overnight.