Suffolk Countryside

Suffolk Countryside

14th June 2021 - 19th June 2021 (6 days)

This fixed-centre tour is based in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds whose most famous landmarks are its impressive abbey ruins and their adjoining gardens. Once a great monastery, the abbey was built around a shrine to Saint Edmund, which for centuries was a point of pilgrimage for peasants, kings, and everyone in between.
There will be three guided rides, each of about 40 miles, that explore different features of the Suffolk countryside. These routes will take the group towards the adjacent counties of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, and will be mostly on quiet country lanes. There will be an opportunity to visit the medieval wool towns of Lavenham and Long Melford.
The base hotel is within a short walk of Bury St Edmunds' historic core and also has the National Cycling Network routes 51 and 13 passing along its boundary. As well as cycling there will be a free afternoon to explore the surroundings, a guided tour of the town and a visit to a rural restaurant.

  • Holiday Type Guided
  • Tour Manager Robin & Yvette Youngs
  • Grade Moderate
  • Booking Status Places Available
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Board Basis Some Meals
  • Travel Arrangements Land Only
  • Road / Off Road Road
  • Holiday Style Centre-based
  • Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
  • Holiday Ref 03563


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Suffolk Countryside

Monday 14th June

Afternoon arrival in Bury St Edmunds and check into hotel. We will meet up at 1800 and walk through the Abbey Gardens to a local restaurant. Meals: D

Tuesday 15th June

Ride through the countryside to the north-east of Bury St Edmunds towards Norfolk. We pass through the villages of Walsham le Willows and Pakenham and stop at Thornham for lunch before returning to base. The route is largely flat. 40 miles. Meals: B

Wednesday 16th June

Today's ride takes us into the rolling countryside between Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket using NCN Route 51. We will stop at Kentford or Tuddenham for coffee. The landscape changes as we then head north into Breckland, passing West Stow Anglo-Saxon village and the 16th-century West Stow Hall. We stop for lunch at Ingham before heading back to Bury via the Ampton Estate. 40 miles. Meals: B

Thursday 17th June

In the morning we will have a guided walking tour of Bury St Edmunds. The afternoon is free to explore the historic medieval town or possibly visit the Ickworth Estate. In the evening we travel by taxi to a restaurant in a rural location, either a country pub or a vineyard. Meals: B D

Friday 18th June

Cycle to Lavenham, Suffolk's famous wool town, stopping along the way at Cafe Como in Brent Eleigh. We return via Long Melford, with its 4km long main street. 40 miles. Meals: B

Saturday 19th June

Tour finishes after breakfast. Meals: B

Meals: B = Breakfast  D = Dinner

The above itinerary should be treated as an indication of what is to be accomplished during the tour and not as a contractual obligation.

Accommodation & Meals

There will be five nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at the Premier Inn in Bury St Edmunds. This hotel is ideally located close to the historic core of the town and within walking distance of the Abbey Gardens and Cathedral. Rooms are based on two people sharing with each room containing a kingsize bed and a single sofa bed, or two double beds. Breakfast will be included on each day. In addition two evening meals are included. Vegetarian meals may be available if requested at the time of booking.

Vehicle Support

As this is a centre-based holiday, no vehicle support is provided.

Travel Insurance

Obtaining travel insurance is optional for UK residents as your Cycling UK membership provides third party cover. However, this does not cover any other risks such as cancellation charges, personal injury or lost property. We therefore strongly recommend that suitable insurance is taken out to safeguard against such risks. Members who do not reside in the UK are not covered for third party and are advised to obtain suitable cover before leaving their normal residence. If you already have an annual policy, you may need to confirm that it will cover a UK holiday or make provision for it to do so.


The price of £520 is based on a minimum number of 6 people taking part in the holiday; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3. If there are insufficient bookings by 5th April 2021, we will contact you and return all monies paid.

Price Includes

  • 5 nights hotel, sharing room
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Guided walking tour of Bury St Edmunds
  • Transport to dinner on 17th June
  • CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs

Price Does Not Include

  • Drinks with dinner
  • Lunches or refreshments during the day
  • Entry fees at any attractions visited
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single occupancy supplement (£260, subject to availability)

Payment Schedule

A deposit of £50 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £470 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 5th April 2021.


Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:

Written notice received:

Before 5th April 2021

From 5th April 2021 through to departure


Cancellation charge:

Deposit (£50)

100% (£520)

The Area Covered By The Holiday

Bury St Edmunds, the administrative centre of West Suffolk, is an historic cathedral town with a core containing many sites and buildings of great interest. These include the Abbey Gardens, the Angel Hotel where Dickens stayed, the Atheneum, the cathedral and Moyses Hall. It retains a flourishing market held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The surrounding countryside is largely agricultural with typical Suffolk villages containing many thatched and often 'Suffolk Pink' houses. Contrary to popular belief Suffolk is not flat ! The countryside towards the wool towns of Lavenham and Long Melford is rolling. North of Bury St Edmunds is the Breckland, characterised by pine forests and large country estates. Traffic in Bury St Edmunds can be busy, however once out of the town most roads are quiet. Some of the cycling will be on National Cycle Routes 13 and 51 which tend to be on quiet lanes with traffic free routes out of the town.

Rides & Rest Days

There will be three guided rides of about 40 miles each, and on each day there will be coffee and lunch stops. There will be time for exploring villages, particularly Lavenham and Long Melford. Most riding will be on quiet country roads and lanes, and there will be some traffic-free cycle paths in Bury St Edmunds. The Tour Managers will cycle with the group, although independent riding with rendezvous points is also encouraged. It is important that you are fit enough to undertake each day's ride as there will be no vehicle support. The route details, including GPX files, will be provided two weeks prior to departure. On one day there will be a guided walking tour of Bury St Edmunds in the morning followed by a free afternoon.


The group will meet at the base hotel at 1800 on Monday 14th June. Bury St Edmunds is easily accessible by road with the main A14 trunk road passing close by. Rail travel is also possible via Greater Anglia Rail; Bury St Edmunds railway station is one mile from the hotel.

Group Information

The maximum number of participants will be 8 excluding the Tour Managers.

Weather & Clothing

In June rain falls on average during 13 days in Suffolk, with average temperatures ranging from 11 to 19 degrees celsius. Clothing for cycling will depend on the daily forecast but will usually be shorts and light tops. Waterproofs will need to be carried on most days. On some days sunscreen and sunglasses may be needed.

Cycles & Equipment

A touring cycle, hybrid or road bike is suitable for this tour. You should ensure your cycle is well maintained, paying particular attention to wheels, tyres and brakes. A low bottom gear (e.g. small chainring the same size or smaller than the largest cog on your rear wheel) is recommended. If you are unsure about gears, please discuss with the Tour Managers. Mudguards are optional but show courtesy to those who are following you in wet weather. Lights recommended but might not prove essential. New tyres are recommended of at least 25mm diameter. Participants will be expected to carry each day sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs.
You will not need to carry luggage, but a rack top pack or bar bag will be useful for carrying wet weather gear, spare clothing needed for the day, camera, snacks and your map.
Helmets are your personal choice.

Maps & Guides

The rides on this tour will be covered by Ordnance Survey Landranger map 155 - Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and Stowmarket. GPX files of the routes will be provided by the Tour Managers.