Suffolk Castles, Coast and Country Cycle Tour
3 days | 2 nights

Discover the best of Suffolk by bike 

On our Suffolk Castles, Coast and Vikings tour you will be based out of the maritime town of Ipswich, with easy access from your 4* hotel to explore the historic waterfront and vibrant town center. 

You will enjoy predominately quiet roads across a flat and picturesque landscapes as you discover the best of Suffolk by bike, with stunning countryside, coastline, historic towns and picturesque villages. 

 Country Map

What’s included

  • 4* hotel with breakfast
  • Welcome dinner Friday night
  • Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • All cycling refreshments
  • Fully guided and support vehicle
  • Lunch, snacks and drinks during your ride, including ‘on-road’ top-ups 
  • Selection of memento photos

OnVenture difference

  • Tailored routes, meticulously planned by qualified & experienced cyclists to provide exciting riding with memorable scenery & landmarks along the way 
  • Support vehicle on hand throughout your ride – Mechanical & medical support to keep you safely in the saddle 

  • GPX file of your tour routes 
  • Support and training advice from British Cycling approved and experienced ride leaders & competitive cyclists  

Choose your tour type

Tour Types Challenger

The Challenger 

Tour stats over two days
Difficulty: Challenging with less stops
Average pace: 16-18mph
Elevation gain: 1,600m

Estimated moving time: 11hrs 
Distance: 150 miles 
Tour Types Cruiser

The Cruiser 

Tour stats over two days
Difficulty: Relaxed and more stops
Average pace: 12-14mph
Elevation gain: 1,300m
Estimated moving time: 8hrs
Distance: 125 miles

Tour Highlights

Country Ipswich

Based in Ipswich

Based in the historic maritime town of Ipswich with an array of options for dinner. 

Adventures Suffolk Castles Coast

Suffolk Coast 

Explore the Suffolk Coast and quaint seaside villages of Thorpeness and Aldeburgh.

Country Historic Landmarks

Historic Landmarks

Discover world renowned landmarks, medieval towns, villages and castles.

 Adventures Designed for Groups

Designed for Groups

Ideal tour, especially designed for groups looking for an unique weekend adventure. 

Tour Itinerary

The below itinerary is based on the Challenger version of our tour, taking in more sites and sounds of Suffolk.
Our carefully planned tours are run on public roads, so we might need to make changes or arrange detours to avoid an escaped flock of sheep!
The OnVenture team is always happy to accommodate requests to visit specific locations and landmarks along the specified route – just let us know.


Check-in at the hotel from 15:00 and meet your OnVenture hosts before enjoying the rest of the afternoon to explore.

Re-group at 19.30 for a welcome meeting, ride briefing and group dinner, ready for two days of fun and challenging riding.  


After leaving the hotel, we head north out of Ipswich onto the rolling roads of the Suffolk countryside, as we cruise through prime agricultural country with pretty villages & plenty of farmland landscapes to draw your eye, before we reach the historic market town of Framlingham, with its imposing twelfth century castle and the town is home to one of Suffolk’s most famous sons, Ed Sheeran.  

We traverse the country lanes East in search of the north sea and our next port of call, the quaint seaside village of Thorpeness, famed for its wonderful beach, boating lake and “house in the clouds” a former water tower turned into a 5 storey home. After a short sprint along the coast road (no green jersey prizes…maybe an ice cream if you are lucky), we reach Aldeburgh, before heading back inland following the River Alde until we cross the river at Snape and stop for a well-earned lunch break!. 

Suitably refreshed after lunch, prepare yourself to enjoy exploring the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. First we take a spin along the tree lined road through Tunstall Forest, before meeting our old friend again, the River Alde, at the picture postcard village of Orford with its quayside & views out to sea beyond the shingle spit, a medieval castle and grade 1 listed church. 

Our next big hitter is the riverside market town of Woodbridge, after a nice ride through Rendlesham Forest we reach Melton & Woodbridge and then follow the flow of the River Deben to our final coastal destination, the seaside resort of Felixstowe. We first explore ‘Old’ Felixstowe, the home of the fishing fleet of the town & one of four Martello Towers still standing that were originally built in the 1800’s to defend the town against the potential invasion by Napoleon forces. We then venture into the main town to enjoy the views of the seaside resort, pier, sandy beaches and on a sunny day you may just be lured into the sea to ease those heavy legs before we start our final stretch back to Ipswich following the River Orwell.  


After leaving the hotel, we head south towards the Suffolk/Essex border to Constable Country, which retains the beauty as captured by John Constable in his famous 19th century paintings. After traversing the River Stour at Manningtree and finding one of only a handful of lumpy sections of Suffolk roads (we will call this our Queen of the Mountains), we continue through some spectacular country lanes into the Dedham Vale with its rolling valley’s on winding, quiet roads as we zip through the ‘picture postcard’ villages within the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

Following the Stour Valley path towards Boxford & Edwardstone, which brings slightly undulating terrain but its never long before it flattens out again…It is Suffolk after all!. We then speed our way towards the picture postcard village of Lavenham & Long-Melford, which are well worth slowing to more of a cruise to take in the charming church, medieval cottages as featured in the Harry Potter films and then he head onward to Rattlesden to enjoy a spot of lunch.  

After lunch we wind our way back towards Ipswich through country lanes & B-roads, cruising through the pretty town of Needham Market and then we veer onto quieter roads, exploring pretty villages & hamlets. Our final waypoint before home is Claydon and we hope you have got something left in the tank, as we take on a little climb-up out of the village before settling into our rhythm breezing along tree-lined roads and finally turning south to head for home.

Country Holiday Inn

Your Accommodation

2 nights | Bed and breakfast 

You will be staying at our carefully selected 4* hotel in Ipswich, with an onsite restaurant to enjoy a hearty breakfast to set you up for the days riding, as well as a lounge bar to unwind & relax in the evening and enjoy a celebratory drink. Why not explore Ipswich with its cosmopolitan town centre, picturesque Christchurch park & mansion house and vibrant, lively waterfront with an array of bars, cafes and restaurants to enjoy a lovely meal on Saturday evening.

Check dates and availability 

The team at OnVenture is ready to discuss dates and availability for your group booking.

Please feel free to email or complete the below enquiry form, and a member of the team will be in touch.




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