Cycling

Regardless of whether you just enjoy a gentle family ride out along the quiet country lanes, or you are a committed cyclist, North Norfolk is pretty much ideal for riding.  Unless you are a dedicated downhill mountain biker (we have no mountains!) you will not be disappointed.

Briston is surrounded by quiet country lanes and tracks, so you can fill up your water bottles, pick up the map and compass from the cottage, and go exploring right from the cottage door.

While Norfolk is by no means as flat as its reputation suggests (to the surprise of some in last year’s Tour of Britain race), the terrain is generally gently undualting, with the occasional short, sharp shock!

If you wish to bring your own bikes, then the cottage’s brick and flint shed can be used for secure cycle storage.  Alternatively, if you would like to hire cycles locally then Overland Cycles in Holt, and Huff and Puff Cycles both provide well-maintained fleets.

Sustrans Routes 1 and 13 both pass within a few miles of the cottage.

For a selection of North Norfolk cycling routes in the area, you can download route guides from the Norfolk Coastal Cycleways website.

Finally, if you want to keep your options open, the Bure Valley cycle way runs alongside the Bure Valley steam railway from Aylsham to Wroxham.  You can park for free at Aylsham, cycle to Wroxham (9 miles), and enjoy a cruise on the Broads.  Best of all, if you don’t fancy the ride home, you can put your bikes on the train, put your feet up, and enjoy the ride home under steam power!  It’s best to reserve your bike space in advance on peak days.  (The Bure Valley cycle route is great for families, as it is all off road.  There is one busy road crossing shortly after leaving Aylsham, but after that the only roads crossed are country lanes.)

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