Coolpedals biking holidays, fun bike ride, nice biking trails

Tour Statistics

Price Per Person: £216 (luxury B&Bs) - £236 (character hotels)

Start & Finish: Langham

Overnight Stops: Stoke by Nayland, Cavendish

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 %

Tour Overview

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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Day 1 Itinerary

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%

Route Overview

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.

Points of Interest en-route

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.

 

 

Overnight Stop: Stoke by Nayland

Recommended Accommodation Options

Character Inn/Hotel: Crown Inn

Luxury B&B: Poplars Farmhouse

Dinner Suggestions

Crown Inn restaurant

Angel Inn restaurant

Things to See or Do

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.

 

Day 2 Itinerary

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%

Route Overview

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.

Points of Interest en-route

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.

 

Overnight Stop: Cavendish

Recommended Accommodation Option

Character Inn/Hotel: The George

Luxury B&B: The George

Dinner Suggestions

The George

The Bull

Things to See or Do

Take a gentle stroll around the Village Green, or watch a local bowls match.

Enjoy a luxurious swim and spa treatment at nearby Gainsborough Health Club.

 

Day 3 Itinerary

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%

Route Description

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.

Points of Interest en-route

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".

Watch activities at the busy Essex and Suffolk gliding club at Wormingford ( or even pre-book a trial flight!).

Pedal slowly along the beautifully preserved medieval high street of Nayland village. If your timing is right you may see Suffolk Punches ploughing the local fields.

Visit Dedham Vale Vineyard and take a tour to learn about the winemaking process.