Wonders of West Suffolk Cycle Tour
3 days | 2 nights

Explore the gems of West Suffolk 

Explore the gems of West Suffolk with Bury St Edmunds offering us our base for the weekends riding.

Cruise along country roads, into the world-renowned horse-riding town of Newmarket, skirt along the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border with views across the open-plains of prime agricultural country, ogle at the odd 1000 year old cathedral and savour the green & pleasant land on shady, tree-lined roads & lesser trodden tracks through Thetford Forest…oh and the odd military flypast from nearby Lakenheath & Mildenhall bases.  

Wonders of West Suffolk 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: 151 miles 
Tour Types Cruiser

The Cruiser 

Tour stats over two days

Difficulty Relaxed and more stops
Average pace: 12-14mph
Elevation gain: 1,600m
Estimated moving time: 11hrs 
Distance: 128 miles 

Tour Highlights

Wonders of West Suffolk Bury St Edmunds

Based in Bury St Edmunds

Based in the historic cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds with a host of local attractions.

Wonders of West Suffolk Thetford

Thetford Forest  

Discover the tranquil Thetford Forest, the largest lowland pine forest in Britain.

Wonders of West Suffolk Countryside

Stunning Countryside

A true cyclist dream, enjoy stunning countryside, meadowland, and woodlands.

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 set off for the days riding from Bury St Edmunds and the beautifully manicured Abbey Gardens and we will be sure to take it gentle on the cobbled road of Angel Hill, passing St Edmundsbury Cathedral, which was built in 1503 & only became a cathedral in 1914, before we wind our way out of Bury into the green & pleasant Suffolk countryside.   

A lumpy stint is broken up by a visit the Market town of Newmarket, widely renowned as the Home of Horse Racing and you will soon realise that town is built on horse racing, whether it’s the two race courses, fifty plus training stables, 50 miles of training gallops wind around the town and of course, the national horse racing museum. We then take a quick jaunt across the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border to the cathedral city in the Fen’s of Ely, which is actually an island as it is separated in all directions by rivers and we enjoy the scenery of the town during our lunch stop.  

Suitably refreshed & rejuvenated after lunch, we cross back into Suffolk and zoom towards Lakenheath, which gives us a different kind of attraction, as it’s a significant US military asset and home to the 48th fighter wing with its fast jets and plethora of other aircraft, so you may get your own personal air show!.   

Our scenery takes a drastic turn from the open plains of Suffolk agriculture, we head into Thetford Forest riding through the heart of the forest on tree lined roads before reaching the Suffolk/Norfolk border town itself, which was the home of Dads Army and the town & surrounding areas provided a great scenery for the much-loved television show. Our final stage of the day is a short 20k drag back to Bury and the lure of a well-earned drink, rest or enjoy a walk to explore the joys of historic Bury St Edmunds…maybe even visit the smallest pub in Britain, the Nutshell!.  


After leaving the hotel we once again set off from Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds with the wonderful backdrop of Abbey Gardens marking our start/finish, but today we head north out of town & have just a mile or so until we reach the outskirts of Bury and the beginning of our adventure through the Suffolk countryside.  

Only a handful of miles into our ride we pass West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, a nationally important archaeological site occupied from AD 420 and nowadays a museum of Anglo-Saxon life & then we zoom onward into ‘Kings Forest’ on flat, tree-lined roads. As we reach the village of Elveden, we veer East & skirt around the southern edge of Thetford with forested patches interspersed with agricultural land the combination of which offers varied landscapes to enjoy & savour before we arrive at the award winning and England’s oldest Whisky distillery, aptly named The English Whisky Company where we stop for lunch.  

After lunch head south traversing market towns, villages & hamlets on-route back towards Bury St Edmunds. There are plenty of open roads to enjoy, if the wind is up then you will know about it as there is nowhere to hide…aside from in someone else slipstream, but the open plains offer endless landscapes so best to give yourself some room to gaze into the distance & drink up the scenery. Finally, we approach Bury from the East giving you a full picture of Bury in every direction across the weekend and after a short drag uphill we reach our finishing line on Angel Hill & step off the bike after a memorable, fun weekend with miles making smiles!.

 Wonders of West Suffolk Best Western

Your Accommodation

Best Western Priory Hotel in Bury St Edmunds
2 nights | Bed and breakfast 

On our Challenger and Cruiser Tours you will be staying at the Best Western Priory Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, a privately owned and run hotel where the welcome is warm and personal, the standards high and the hospitality unique. A true oasis of calm, the hotel is ideal to relax after an enjoyble day in the saddle exploring West Suffolk. The landscaped gardens and old priory walls only add to the tranquil environment!

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.

Email: hello@onventure.co.uk


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