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Contrasts of Norfolk Cycling

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Cycling
Suitable for:
Age 12+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
C07NO
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Cycling
Min age:
12

Beautiful country and coastal scenery, grand country Estates, fabulous wildlife and a timeless charm - this 7 night holiday in North Norfolk has so much to see and do you'll you'll be spoilt for choice.

Beautiful country and coastal scenery, grand country Estates, fabulous wildlife and a timeless charm - this 7-night holiday in North Norfolk has so much to see and do you'll you'll be spoilt for choice.

You'll cycle through charming villages, where the buildings are made with flint, stone and pebbles, and along country lanes and coastal trails. Ride along the tree-lines avenues of the Sandringham Estate, the country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen and visit a wealth of other Estates including Blickling Hall, a Jacobean red brick mansion. Head to the coast with wide sandy stretches, sand dunes and the seaside resorts of Sheringham and Cromer. Take boat trips to discover a different aspect of the natural wonders of the region and spot seals. We have included 3 nights at Holt, a Georgian market town as it is a good base from which to explore the coast and reach the Norfolk Broads.

Accommodation is in a range of 3 and 4 star hotels, with on-site restaurants or a choice of places to eat locally.

Highlights

  • North Norfolk Coast - An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - visit RSPB Titchwell and the seals at Blakeney
  • Beautiful villages with traditional flint, stone and pebble buildings, typical to the area
  • Visit Sandringham, the country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen
  • Stunning gardens at historical manor houses including Holkham Hall and Houghton Hall

Key information

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3 and 4 star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps 
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom

What's included

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3 and 4 star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps 
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 

What's not included

  • Hotel upgrades
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
  • Visas & vaccinations
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Cycling
Terrain:

The cycling mainly follows quiet country lanes and coastal trails through villages with the terrain being mainly flat. 

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 34.0km/21.5miles
Day 3 42.0km/26.5miles
Day 4 52.0km/32.5miles
Day 5 35.0km/22.0miles
Day 6 54.0km/34.0miles
Day 7 61.0km/38.5miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

Kings Lynn
to
Kings Lynn
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Kings Lynn

    Arrive at your hotel, just outside of Kings Lynn.

  • Day 2

    Kings Lynn to Old Hunstanton

    After your briefing you'll set out on the quiet country lanes of Norfolk. Just before arriving in the first village of the day, Castle Rising, you'll pass the fortifications the village is named for. Continue on, along tree-lined avenues, through the Sandringham Estate, before cycling on country lanes through farmland and the villages of Sherborne and Fring on your way to the coast. Discover the lavendar fields at Heacham and then cycle along the promenade with the wide sandy beaches of the Wash beside you to your overnight stop at Old Hunstanton.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Old Hunstanton to Great Bircham

    Today your route follows gently undulating country lanes towards Burnham Market, a traditional North Norfolk village,with a detour on route to Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve where you can spot bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers in the reedbeds. Before arriving at your overnight stop at Great Bircham you'll pass Bircham windmill which looks much as it did 100 years ago and is one of the best remaining.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Great Bircham to Holt

    Heading back towards the Norfolk Coast AONB stop at Holkham Hall, an 18th Century Country House where you can visit the Hall before continuing through Holkham National Nature Reserve to the sea where you can enjoy a picnic on the beach at Wells. Follow the estuary along to Wells-next-the-Sea, a pretty harbour town. Cycling along gravel tracks and lanes reach the monastic ruins of Binham Priory. The Benedictine priory was founded in 1091, the nave of which, with its 13th century west front and Norman arches, is now the parish church. Continue to Holt, an historic Georgian market town where you will spend the next 3 nights.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    At Holt

    You have a choice of routes today, both of which will take you to the coast. Ride to the villages of Morston and Blakeney from where you can take boat trips to see the seals. Cycle on to Cley and Cley Marshes Visitor Centre. Alternatively take the North Norfolk Railway steam train (payable locally) to Sheringham, from where you'll cycle on to Cromer, known as 'The Gem of the Norfolk Coast' which found fame as a traditional seaside resort in Victorian times. Follow in part the Weavers' Way and skirt the Felbrigg Estate and ride through the village of Gresham back to Holt.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    At Holt

    A choice of routes again today, both routes take you to Aylsham from where you have the option of going on the Bure Valley steam railway to Wroxham where you can go on a boat trip of the Norfolk Broads.
    Option 1 takes you via Mannington Hall, a moated medieval country house and the Blickling Estate, a National Trust property before returning from Aylsham along the Marriott's Way, which follows a disused railway line. Continuing back towards Holt visit the village of Heydon, a charming cul-de-sac village in a Conservation Area.
    The second option takes you on the North Norfolk Railway steam train (payable locally) to Sheringham and over the 'Norfolk Alps' to the Blickling Estate and then follows the same route.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Holt to Kings Lynn

    Today you will cycle mainly on quiet country lanes, through a series of villages. Of note is Little Walsingham, which has a long history of religious pilgrimage. Visit Houghton Hall and Gardens, built in the 1720s for Great Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole it is one of England's finest Palladian houses. Cycle back through the Sandringham Estate to the hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave Bath

    Depart Kings Lynn after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

North Norfolk is known for its fresh seafood from Brancaster mussels, to Cromer crab. There are also artisan cheeses available as well as the best malting barley in the country resulting in amazing ales. 

Weather

Norfolk is located in the East of England and the county has a temperate climate with typically warm rather than hot summers and cool to cold winters. Rainfall on average falls fairly evenly throughout the year, the driest month is February and the wettest is October.
The weather is unpredictable as with the rest of the UK and it is possible to see elements of all four seasons in one day. 

Is this trip for you?

Cycling Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Average daily distance: 46km (28.5 miles). 
No. of days cycling: 6
Terrain and route: The cycling mainly follows quiet country lanes and coastal trails through villages with the terrain being mainly flat. 
There is an option for a shorter cycling route on days 5 and 6 of the itinerary.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. Your bikes will be delivered to the start hotel, all set up relevant to your height and ready to go. Our local agent will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes into larger towns and cities.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Families
Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. We have suggested that 12yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each day's cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities. Please consider the weather when choosing to book, temperatures can be high in the middle of summer.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

KNIGHTS HILL HOTEL AND SPA, KINGS LYNN
Situated on the outskirts of Kings Lynn, in the heart of the beautiful Norfolk countryside, Knights Hill Hotel & Spa offers comfortable rooms combined with stylish elegance.
A choice of restaurants is available, the Garden Brasserie and Bar and the Farmers Arms Inn. There is also a spa, gym and indoor pool.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

LE STRANGE ARMS HOTEL, OLD HUNSTANTON
Le Strange Arms Hotel is just a stone’s throw from the sea, with lawns leading down to a sandy beach at Old Hunstanton.
It is possible to dine in either the Le Strange Brasserie, or in the adjoining pub, The Ancient Mariner.

THE KINGS HEAD COUNTRY HOTEL, GREAT BIRCHAM
The Edwardian King’s Head Hotel combines all the traditional warmth and comfort of a long established country house hotel with sleek contemporary facilities.
A cosy bar and AA Rosette restaurant using the best of the area’s produce are available to guests.

THE FEATHERS HOTEL, HOLT
The Feathers Hotel is located in the centre of Holt, an elegant Georgian town. There are 14 rooms which are cosy and comfortable and there are a restaurant and bar on site.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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