Bungay to Geldeston, Beccles, Barsham and Ilketshall St Andrew
The area surrounding the pretty market town of Bungay is one of the most beautiful parts of the Broads. Dotted with picturesque villages and criss-crossed by waterways, it’s the perfect place to discover this unique landscape.
Whether you’re a keen cyclist, or just like to get out and about on two wheels on special occasions, Bungay has plenty of dedicated cycle routes to explore. If you’re looking for an easy morning or afternoon outing, the circular route from Bungay to Geldeston, Beccles, Barsham and Ilketshall St Andrews is the perfect choice. Leading you through a variety of landscape and some typical Boards scenery, it makes the perfect half-day adventure.
Start your bike ride in the centre of Bungay. There are a number of car parks to choose from in the town, so finding somewhere to leave your vehicle should be easy. If you’re visiting Bungay on a Thursday be aware that it’s market day in the town. Held every Thursday since 1382, it’s one of the oldest markets in the country.
From Bungay, take the old railway line that runs parallel with the A143 heading towards Ellingham. Just before you reach the village itself, you’ll leave the railway line and turn right onto the road. Follow the road towards Geldeston and then turn right down Dunburgh Road towards Gillingham.
As you come into Beccles, head towards the town’s Old Bridge and then follow the road out of town. You’ll then be led onto a bike path through the countryside before joining the road again close to Barsham.
Follow Hall Road towards Ilketshall St Andrew, cross Ilketshall Old Commons and head towards Mettingham Castle. Continue along Castle Road and then cross Wainford Lock and you’ll end up back at the beginning of the route.
This circular route is approximately 25 miles long. If you cycle at an average speed, it should take you around four hours to complete. You’ll come across very few hills on the ride, however as much of the route is on roads, it’s probably not suitable for younger cyclists.
Both Bungay and Beccles are home to a great choice of shops, restaurants and other amenities. You’ll also find pubs in Geldeston and Gillingham where you can stop to relax and refuel.
Points of Interest
There are a number of points of interest to explore as you wend your way around the route. The Ellingham Mill and Lock is well worth a look, as is the Locks Inn in Geldeston which was first licensed way back in the 1600s. Explore the traditional grazing areas around Ilketshall and then stop to admire the impressive walls and outer gate of Mettingham Castle.
A fantastic way to see a bit more of the beautiful Broads countryside, cycling through the area gives you the chance to see the local landscape at its best. Find out more about local bike routes and other things to do in the region by exploring our site today.