Price Per Person: £199 (luxury B&Bs) - £224 (character hotels)
Start & Finish: Langham
Suitability: Occasional Rider, Regular Rider, Energetic Rider
Min - Max Total Tour Distance: 53 - 146 miles (85 - 234 km)
Min - Max Total Tour Ascent: 2100 - 5900 feet (640 - 1800 metres)
Offroad potential: Min 21 %; Max 42 %
This tour commences through the heart of Constable Country before heading northwest to explore the magnificent medieval Wool Towns nestled in the gently rolling hills between the Stour and Brett river valleys. The return journey to Langham follows delightful rural countryside close to the river Stour.
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Start - Finish: Langham - Stoke by Nayland
Min - Max Cycling Distance: 27 - 48 miles (43 - 77 km)
Min - Max Ascent: 1000 - 1700 feet (300 - 520 metres)
Min - Max Offroad: 22% - 46%
North from Langham via small country lanes to the lip of Dedham Vale, and down to Dedham village at the heart of Constable Country. Then a choice of either short or long loop eastwards before crossing the beautiful Brett river valley and climbing west to reach Stoke by Nayland.
Visit peaceful 12th C Langham Church nestled on a wooded ridge above Dedham Vale. The tower was a viewpoint used by John Constable for several of his paintings.
Stroll along the riverbank at Dedham, or hire a rowing boat from the Boathouse.
Browse in Dedham's quaint village shops and the Art & Craft Centre.
Visit the Alfred Munnings Museum (check opening days) to admire his beautiful paintings and sculptures.
Character Inn/Hotel: Crown Inn
Luxury B&B: Poplars Farmhouse
Explore 15th century St Marys Church in its splendid hilltop setting (a favourite John Constable subject, used in several of his paintings).
Visit nearby Stoke by Nayland club for a round of golf or a luxury spa treatment.
Start - Finish: Stoke by Nayland - Cavendish
Min - Max Cycling Distance: 26 - 49 miles (42 - 78 km)
Min - Max Ascent: 1100 - 2000 feet (340 - 610 metres)
Min - Max Offroad: 19% - 37%
North through peaceful countryside dotted with picture-postcard villages including Polstead and Kersey. Northwest via some delightful leafy lanes to reach Lavenham, then southwest to Long Melford, and west to Cavendish.
Admire Lavenham's magnificent medieval streets, bristling with over 300 listed buildings.
Visit Kentwell Hall or Melford Hall in bustling Long Melford, one of several claimants to "longest village in England". If not the longest, it's certainly one of the most interesting, full of history, medieval architecture, unusual shops, traditional tea-rooms and pubs.
Character Inn/Hotel: The George
Luxury B&B: The George
Take a gentle stroll around the Village Green, or watch a local bowls match.
Enjoy a luxurious swim and spa treatment at nearby Houghton Hall.
Start - Finish: Cavendish - Langham
Min - Max Cycling Distance: 0 - 49 miles (0 - 78 km)
Min - Max Ascent: 0 - 2200 feet (0 - 670 metres)
Min - Max Offroad: 0% - 43%
Southeast across a high plateau and then down to Sudbury, skirting the town on the "Valley Trail". Then south and east along the delightfully rural Stour Valley, visiting Wormingford and Nayland before turning south to return to Langham.
Sneak quietly past the site of Borley Rectory, made (in)famous by paranormal investigator Harry Price in the 1930s as "the most haunted house in England".
Visit Carter's Vineyard; take a vineyard tour to learn about the winemaking process.