Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 81

July 2017| 81 beautiful valleys of the Brett and Box near Hadleigh and the history book opens up to reveal the wealth of the wool and cloth trade back in medieval times. No more winding creeks or atlands here the smooth-cycling rural route ducks and dives steeply down to the watersplash in picturesque Kersey, past colourful cottage gardens and rambling rectories in Chelsworth and on to what has to be Suffolk s half-timbered ewel in the crown, avenham – a wool town, preserved like no other and once the 14 th most wealthy town in England. Up on the market square, above the River Brett, just a few doors down from charming Little Hall and across from the ber-impressive Corpus Christi uildhall, The Angel is s imply heaven sent. From here it’s no distance to walk, freewheel or wing it down to the leaning legacies on igh Street or the must-indulge-because- -deserve-it cream tea on the elegant garden terraces of the oh-so- beautiful Swan Hotel. For the morning, there’s a promise of more leafy lanes winding through the heart of Suffolk back to Needham Market, a strange ‘growing’ stone on the village green at artest and Suffolk in microcosm at the Stowmarket s Museum of ast Anglian ife more fascinating finds to punctuate what has to be cycling in England of the most inspiring and leisurely kind. O THER ROUTES TO DISCOVER : South Coastal Cycle Route An 88-mile (142km) circular signed route incorporating coast and countryside, including Felixstowe, Dunwich, Framlingham and Woodbridge. Much of the route lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Painter’s Trail Cycle out to spot the locations immortalised by Suffolk’s superb local artists, John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Alfred Munnings. A 69-mile (111km) circular route around the Dedham Vale and Stour Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Did you know? The Tour of Britain will be passing through Suffolk on Friday 8 th September, taking in Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Eye, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Rendlesham and finishing up on the coast at Aldeburgh. Lindsay Want cycled Suffolk with long-established Needham Market-based tour operator and Suffolk specialist, Cycle Breaks. The 8-day Suffolk ‘Castles, Cliffs & Constable’ package covered distances of around 20-40 miles per day. The company offers detailed route descriptions with multiple options each day, OS mapping and GPS routing, accommodation, a full luggage transfer service and breakdown call out. Quality hybrid bikes are included in the price with own bike discounts available. www.cyclebreaks.com Tel: 01449 721555 Info points www.visitsuffolk.com www.discoversuffolk.org.uk (For downloadable leafleted day rides, plus how to purchase detailed map packs for longer distance and off-road cycle routes.)