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Cycling in the Brecks

The Brecks is in the heart of England’s cycling country. Its expansive landscapes of forest, heath and farmland make varied, easy cycling.

Many of the flat and straight roads have relatively little traffic on.  There is a good mix of easy going routes for all the family, to the more challenging off-road routes for those seeking greater adventure.

Cycle competitions and events are held here throughout the year including the Mildenhall Cycling Festival and Dusk Till Dawn at High Lodge. Cyclists can also take advantage of special fares and facilities on trains and discounted entry at some visitor attractions, such as Oxburgh Hall (National Trust).

All ability cycle hire is available in Thetford Forest (see below).

Local Cycling Routes

National Cycle Network Route 13 Sustrans

Route 13 passes through The Brecks between Watton and Thetford connecting to cycle route 1.
Tel: Sustrans Information Line 0845 113 0065,

Sustrans 13

The Brecks Cycling Discovery Route

20 mile/22 km circular route, taking in the Georgian market town of Swaffham and Oxburgh Hall (NT). There is a 10 mile/16 km shortcut. Contact: 0870 2254852.

Cycling in Thetford Forest.

There are three trails through from Theford Forest High Lodge Visitor Centre. Brandon Country Park and High Lodge loops are both 6.5 miles/10.5 km long; the Black Route is 8 miles/12.9 km one way. Free access for cyclists on land owned by the Forestry Commission.

Swaffham Bridle Route

This route is 21 miles / 34 km long passing through rolling farmland around Swaffham It is mainly on tracks and minor roads. Tel: NCC 01603 222143

Useful Information

Bicycle Hire, Sales and Repairs

Bike Art, High Lodge Forest Centre Tel: 01842 810090 (Hire, sales and repairs)

Cycle King, Bury St Edmunds Tel: 01284 769902 (Sales and repairs)

Mick’s Cycles, Bury St Edmunds Tel: 01284 753946 (Sales and repairs)

Rudlings, Watton Tel: 01953 881760

Local Cycling organisations

Breckland Cycling Club Tel: 01953 880013

Mildenhall Cycling Club Tel: 01842 890721