Sustrans is the UK's leading sustainable transport charity. They work with local authorities and other organisations to create an environment whereby people are more likely to walk and use bicycles, not only for leisure but also for work and other activities.
Their flagship project is the National Cycle Network (NCN), a network of cycle paths passing throughout the United Kingdom. The network links up 20,000 kilometres of traffic free routes, quiet lanes and traffic calmed city streets to form a comprehensive cycling network right across the country. Suffolk has 2 NCN Routes and 2 Regional Routes.
National Cycle Route 1
This is the main north/south route through Suffolk, forming part of the Fakenham to Harwich cycle route. The route enters Suffolk from Essex at Stratford St Mary and passes through Hadleigh, around the north west of Ipswich, through Woodbridge and Halesworth before entering Norfolk at Beccles.
National Cycle Route 51
This route forms part of the Oxford to Felixstowe Cycle Route. In Suffolk the route takes you from pebbled beaches to country parks and from urban docks to rural lanes. Twenty five percent is off-road. It enters Suffolk from Cambridgeshire and crosses west to east connecting Newmarket with Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Ipswich and Felixstowe.
A new guide to NCR 51 in Suffolk is available from Sustrans or by contacting 0845 113 00 65.
Regional Route 30
Known as the Two Rivers Cycle Route, this runs from Lowestoft and Thetford, via Beccles and Diss. It then heads on to King's Lynn.
Regional Route 41
This route combines with National Route 1 to form an 88 mile circular route. Starting north of Felixstowe travelling through Orford (via the Butley Ferry), Blaxhall and Bruisyard on to Woodbridge returning to Felixstowe via Waldringfield. This circular route is set within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
If you live in Beccles, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds or Lowestoft then download town cycle maps to see where your cycle routes are.
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