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Cycling in King's Lynn

For the vertically challenged cyclist this is your place: we do have hills but they are not very big. There is a lot of flat open fenland about, but add a few small lumps and the Royal Estate at Sandringham is just a few miles up the road along one of the Telegraph's ten best countryside cycle rides, with routes onwards to the Norfolk coast and heathland. There are about 40km of off-road cycleways around King's Lynn, over 20% of the borough cycles regularly and town residents say they ride because it's more convenient, healthier and faster.

If you'd like to ride with people who can show you good routes around here, local group rides include (last checked August 2015):

  • King's Lynn and West Norfolk Bike Users Group (a Cyclenation group, 10mph sight-seeing/event rides, 10am weekend and 6pm/7pm evening starts, various days depending on the events)
  • Norfolk CTC (12mph at 11am Thursdays, various locations)
  • Sandringham and West Norfolk Cyclists ("average speed of 15mph" at 9am Sundays Black Horse Castle Rising)
  • King's Lynn Cycling Club (a British Cycling club - "one group at around 14mph, one at 16-17mph and one at above that" at 8.30am Sundays from the Sandboy at Bawsey)

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Latest photos of the area

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Didlington Drove, in Thetford Forest

Alternative loop of NCN route 30 crossing the A134

Alternative loop of NCN route 30 crossing the A134

Footbridge by a ford on the Peddars Way by Castle Acre priory

Route signs on the Peddars Way

Route signs on the Peddars Way, on a very little-used lane out of Castle Acre

The Peddars Way leaving Castle Acre on a narrow lane

Link from Castle Acre Priory to the Peddars Way

The Peddars Way leaves Castle Acre through the Bailey Gate

Modal filter in Castle Acre

The Peddars Way is an asphalt road north of Castle Acre, but a footpath has been provided on the west side.

Trig point at start of asphalted section of the Peddars Way to Castle Acre

Farm track crossing the Peddars Way

End of sandy section of the Peddars Way

Loose sandy section of the Peddars Way - grippy tyres needed

The Peddars Way crossing the B1145

The Peddars Way crossing Drunken Drove

The Peddars Way

Road crossing on the Peddars Way

Puddles on the Peddars Way

Route sign for bridleway west from the Peddars Way - but it's on the far side of the hedge.

Greengate Lane, from the Peddars Way to Great Massingham

Bridleway west from the Peddars Way

Route sign on the Peddars Way for another village walk

Route sign and staggered road crossing on the Peddars Way

Sign for bridleway and circular walk west from the Peddars Way

Sign for bridleway and circular walk west from the Peddars Way

A poem on a stele by the Peddars Way

Bridleway east from the Peddars Way

The Peddars Way

The Peddars Way

The Peddars Way at the A148 Fakenham Road

Route sign where the Peddars Way crosses the A148 Fakenham Road

The Peddars Way crossing Old Fakenham Street

The Peddars Way

Sign for cycle route from the Peddars Way to Houghton Hall

The Peddars Way - dips caused by wheel spinning motorbikes or farm vehicles

Sign for cycle route to Houghton Hall via the Peddars Way

Road crossing and signs on the Peddars Way

Road crossing on the Peddars Way

The Peddars Way

Ling House Road leading west from the Peddars Way

Bircham Road leading east from the Peddars Way

The Peddars Way crossing Ling House Road and Bircham Road (byways, at best)

Road crossing and sign on the Peddars Way

The Peddars Way - there are lots of spots where wheel spin from motorbikes or farm vehicles has left nasty dips in the trail.

Fork right on NCN route 1 west from Burnham Market

The actual market place in Burnham Market now has spacious service roads on either side of the main road for two-way cycling.

Sensible scheme to slow cars at the junction - but why not put in some cycle parking for the Burnham Market Stores across the road?

Vintage road sign on NCN route 1

The former railway east from Burnham Market is a good concrete road as far as the sewage works - and then an overgrown footpath.

The former railway east from Burnham Market is a good concrete road as far as the sewage works - and then an overgrown footpath.

The former railway east from Burnham Market is a good concrete road as far as the sewage works - and then an overgrown footpath.

Route signs on NCN route 1 at Burnham Thorpe

Start of green lane to Shammer

No cycle parking at Creake Abbey

End of the byway from Holkham

The byway surface is slightly better on the far side of the road

Loose sandy surface on the byway

Byway and farm road

The byway has a much worse surface than the Roman road

The Roman road outside the west side of the Holkham estate

Half-hidden signs for NCN route 1 in Burnham Market

Route sign for NCN route 1 in Burnham Market

Restricted byway north from NCN route 1

Route sign on NCN route 1

Route sign on NCN route 1

Route sign on NCN route 1

Signs on NCN route 1

Fork left on NCN route 1 to head west from Ringstead

Route sign on the Peddars Way cyclists' route

The northern end of the Peddars Way - no cycling on the Norfolk coast path.

Route signs on the Peddars Way cyclists' route

Turn right on NCN route 1, or left on the Peddars Way cyclists' route

Route sign on NCN 1 (and the Peddars Way cyclists' route)

Route sign on NCN 1 (and the Peddars Way cyclists' route)

No way through on the old railway towards Docking

The former Sedgeford station - no way through on the old railway towards Heacham

Right turn on the cyclists' Peddars Way route (and NCN1 coming from the west and turning left/north)

The Peddars Way continues north as a footpath, and cyclists have to turn left and follow a road route

The Peddars Way - it continues north as a footpath, and cyclists have to turn left and follow a road route

The Peddars Way

Road crossing on the Peddars Way

The Peddars Way

The Peddars Way passing through the Sandringham estate

Link to the Peddars Way

Sandringham - a big café (and toilets) right on NCN route 1, but there's no sign of any cycle stands.

Sustrans NCN marker where NCN route 1 crosses the A149

Gates have been removed and there's no reason not to take the direct route.

NCN route 1 on the private road through the Castle Rising estate

North Wootton village hall - a nice new expanse of gravel but not a single cycle stand.

New paved link past North Wootton village hall

There's no need for these barriers on NCN route 1 - there's an alternative path in the background.

New link on a desire line from NCN route 1, King's Lynn

Sign needed for NCN route 1 (to the left) towards King's Lynn

Barriers on a footpath in South Wootton

NCN route 1 past South Wootton church

Link to new housing development from the Sandringham Railway Path (NCN 1) in King's Lynn

Route signs at the junction towards the Bawsey Drain cycleway from the Sandringham Railway Path (NCN 1) in King's Lynn

Link to NCN route 1 on the Sandringham Railway Path, King's Lynn

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