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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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Parking for six cycles outside the takeaway in Town Square is concealed behind this low wall. I assume that hiding it made sense to someone.

Dropped kerb in the corner spaces of this car park enables a short-cut to the market square instead of going all the way west to the Railway Road junction - as long as no cars are parked here!

Rouse's Lane passes through an industrial estate, with the end unit displaying a very questionable "no walking" sign to the bridleway.

Rouse's Lane connects the Howdale with Stonecross Road. The tarmac road from the cemetery joins Rouse's Lane at this point - the dead get smoother roads than the living!

Rouse's Lane connects the Howdale with Stonecross Road. The dirt track ends here as a concrete road joins from the corner to the left.

Rouse's Lane forks off of Stonecross Road towards the Howdale. It is dirt track at first, with a concrete pad protecting it from damage from tractors turning into the field.

The first part of Stonecross Road east of the A10 is tarmac and used to access the garden centre on the right

Stonecross Road between Downham Market and Bexwell diverts through the car park of these industrial units to cross the A10.

This could be a useful link between Downham Market and Bexwell if it had a better surface. Concrete gives way to packed gravel by the farm buildings.

Stonecross Road could be a useful route to Bexwell avoiding the A1122 but is currently a very poor surface. It is passable even in dry December, though.

Stonecross Road could be a useful route towards Bexwell avoiding the A1122 but is poorly surfaced with broken concrete leading to gravel and back to concrete.

Cycling to the beach along the coastal path Location: , Burnham Overy Staithe (England, United Kingdom) Burnham Overy Staithe in Norfolk

Not sure of the status of this track

The Norwich Gates to Sandringham castle; not everyone's cup of tea: #p101329

NCN route 1 south from central King's Lynn (past the Greenland Fishery)

NCN route 1 north into King's Lynn

Buses and Bikes Only south from central King's Lynn

Route through an attractive new residential development, King's Lynn

A large area of road space has been taken for a playground - they could have done a better job with the cycle access, however.

NCN route 1 leaving King's Lynn

Obstructive parking is the norm here

Cycle parking at the tourist information centre (the Customs House), King's Lynn

Route through an attractive new residential development, King's Lynn

Secure cycle parking for staff, presumably, at the King's Lynn swimming pool

Cycle parking at the King's Lynn swimming pool

Contraflow cycle lane and parking on NCN route 1 in King's Lynn

Route signs on NCN route 1, King's Lynn

Contraflow cycle lanes on NCN route 1 in King's Lynn

Cycle parking in the pedestrian zone of King's Lynn

Cyclists Dismount sign in the centre of King's Lynn

Cycle parking on Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn

Cycle parking on Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn

Cycles Dismount sign at the entry to King's Lynn's pedestrianised shopping centre - there's quite a bit of cycle parking visible, but it's quite a way beyond the sign.

Not a cycle route across the mouth of the Purfleet, King's Lynn

Cycle parking by the Minster on Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn

The Cyclists Dismount sign applies on the far side of the road.

Arrow for NCN route 1 joining a pedestrianised street

Alternative route for NCN route 1 skirting around the centre of King's Lynn

Sign for cycle parking inside the car park, King's Lynn

Contraflow cycle lane on NCN route 1, King's Lynn

NCN route 1 turns left here (not as on OpenCycleMap)

Cycle light and lane towards the centre of King's Lynn

NCN route 1 sign between King's Lynn station and the town centre

Short cut across The Walks, King's Lynn

Severed trees on NCN route 1 between King's Lynn town centre and the station

NCN route 1 entering The Walks, King's Lynn

NCN route 1 towards King's Lynn station

Segregated footway on NCN route 1 leaving King's Lynn station

Route signs at Kings Lynn station and No Entry Except Cycles signs across the road.

Toucan crossing on NCN route 1 between King's Lynn station and the town centre

Awkward gate on NCN route 1 between King's Lynn station and the town centre.

This exit from the King's Lynn police station has been walled up for years.

Richardson's Cycles, King's Lynn (as also in Cambridge)

We did meet one person walking a dog by bike here on the Burnham Overy seawall.

Roads in Burnham Market are all effectively reduced to alternate one-way use by parked cars.

The width restriction is probably only needed because of all the parked cars on a two-way street.

Even in April Burnham Market is dominated by cars.

Link from NCN route 1 to the centre of Burnham Market

NCN route 1 avoiding the centre of Burnham Market

Cycle parking (divided by a red phone box) in Burnham Market

Cycle parking in Burnham Market

Lots of SUVs parking on the footway in Burnham Market, aka Chelsea-on-Sea.

Burnham Market is plagued by cars parked on footways. This is a two-way road - but making it one-way would encourage faster driving.

NCN route 1 left-turn sign hidden by 30mph disc

The NCN route 1 sign has been covered by the 30 disc, so a 1 has been stuck on the top sign. Easy to miss.

Discreet signage for NCN route 1

Discreet signage for NCN route 1

Signage for NCN route 1

Discreet signage for NCN route 1

Discreet signage for NCN route 1

Discreet signage for NCN route 1, Sandringham

Huge sign on NCN route 1 towards King's Lynn

NCN route 1 parallel to the A149

There are now gates here on NCN route 1 - although you can go the left.

The sign for NCN route 1 has been vandalised here.

There are lots of over-sized End of Cycle Route signs along NCN route 1 here.

NCN route 1 heading towards King's Lynn.

NCN route 1 heading towards King's Lynn.

Width restriction on NCN route 1 heading north from King's Lynn.

Lots of links with NCN route 1 heading north from King's Lynn.

Lots of links to NCN route 1 heading north from King's Lynn.

NCN route 1 heading towards King's Lynn.

NCN route 1 heading north from King's Lynn.

More confident riders might just make a conventional right turn on the road here.

More confident riders might just make a conventional right turn on the road here.

NCN route 1 crossing a side-road north of KIng's Lynn.

Crossing on NCN route 1 north of King's Lynn.

NCN route 1 passing South Wootton Infant School

NCN route 1 heading north from KIng's Lynn.

NCN route 1 heading north from KIng's Lynn.

NCN route 1 crossing a fairly minor road.

NCN route 1 heading north from KIng's Lynn.

Shared-use and No Cycling signs...

NCN route 1 turning off the A1078.

NCN route 1 crossing the A1078.

NCN route 1 crossing the A1078.

NCN route 1 on the former Sandringham railway north from King's Lynn.

Lots of bikes by NCN route 1 at the Lynnsport complex.

Path around the Lynnsport complex.

NCN route 1 on the former Sandringham railway north from King's Lynn.

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