Hickling – Sutton
One of the shortest bike routes in the Norfolk Broads, this easy loop packs a lot into its relatively brief length. From wildlife to arts and crafts and historic sights to country pubs, the route has something for everyone. The perfect introduction to the local area, and ideal for anyone working on their fitness level, this loop is the perfect choice for an energetic day out.
The route begins at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve. This important protected area is open throughout the year and makes the perfect starting point for your adventure. From the reserve, cycle out to the main road, turn left on Stubb Road and cycle towards Hickling Green. Just before you reach the village, turn right onto The Causeway and head north towards Hickling.
When you get to the T-junction, turn right on Eastfield Road, then left and then left again past St Mary’s Church. Cycle through Hickling and Hickling Green and then keep left on New Road as you head towards Sutton. In Sutton, you can enjoy a pit stop at the village pub before cycling south past Sutton Pottery and then turning left onto Sutton Road and back to Hickling Heath. From there it’s just a short hop back to the nature reserve and your starting point.
At just 5.5 miles long, this is one of the shortest routes in the area and so should be suitable for people of all fitness levels. If taken at an average pace, the loop should take you around an hour to complete.
Considering this is such a short loop, it offers a surprisingly good choice of amenities. There are pubs in Hickling Green, Sutton and Hickling Heath and Stalham is just a mile away at the nearest point. Car parks are available at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and close to the pub in Sutton.
Points of interest
The Norfolk Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve is a haven for local wildlife. If you’re interested in the birds, animals and plants found in the Broads, this is the perfect place to stop for an hour or two.
St Mary’s Church in Hickling is one of the oldest in the region. Recorded in the Doomsday Book, it’s now an Augustinian Priory and is home to a number of important ancient artefacts.
You can learn even more about the history of the region by stopping off at Sutton Mill. The historic corn mill is the tallest in Britain and was in use right up to 1940.
Last but not least, you can stop by Sutton Pottery on your bike ride. This small studio workshop was established in 1977 and is a great place to learn about the process of making ceramics. It’s usually open on weekends throughout the year, but it’s always a good idea to check before you travel.
Find out more about the many bike routes that criss-cross the local area by exploring our site or getting in touch with a member of our team.