Stokesby to Runham, Mautby and Thrigby
The area around Acle is one of the most popular parts of the Norfolk Broads. Packed full of things to do and offering beautiful views at every turn, it’s the perfect place to base yourself if you want to discover the best of the Broads. Just to the north of Acle, you’ll find the village of Stokesby. Close to several boat moorings and easy to reach by car, it’s a good place to begin your cycling adventure.
The route begins in the village of Stokesby. The village has a pretty green, a staithe and cycle centre as well as a pub and car park. Keep right as you cycle out of the village and you’ll end up on Runham Road. Running parallel with local wetlands, the road offers great views over the surrounding landscape.
Cycle through the village of Runham and continue on Mautby Lane towards Mautby. When you reach the village, take a sharp left onto Mill Road and then turn right onto Thrigby Road. This will lead you up towards Filby and the beautiful Filby Broad. If you’re feeling energetic, you can take a detour here to join route two or route three, or simply to cycle around the Broad.
Once you’ve explored Filby, cycle back down Thrigby Road and then turn right towards Winsford Hall. This road will lead you back towards Stokesby and the end of the bike ride.
Stretching for just 8.5 miles and almost entirely flat, this is an easy route and should be suitable for cyclists of all abilities. Most of the route is on quiet country roads, though you will need to take care when cycling through villages.
Nearby Acle is home to a good range of shops, cafés and pubs and even has its own railway station. This makes it easy to reach the start of the route if you’re travelling by public transport.
In Stokesby, you’ll find a café, pub and toilets, and Filby is also home to a welcoming local. A campsite can be found just on the far side of Filby Broad.
Points of Interest
Just after you leave Stokesby, you’ll see St Andrew’s Church. This thatched building dates back to the 13th century and is well worth a quick look before you continue your bike ride.
As you cycle along Runham Road, you’ll be able to take in sweeping views over Halvergate Marshes. The largest expanse of grazing marsh in Europe, this is a great place to spot local wildlife.
If you’re a fan of the natural world, you can also stop at the Thrigby Wildlife Gardens. Renowned for its collection of Asian mammals, birds and reptiles, the gardens are located in the beautifully landscaped grounds of Thrigby Hall.
Last but not least, you’ll also pass Filby Broad on your bike ride. One of the Trinity Broads, the waterway is not connected to the river system and so is much quieter than other Broads in the area. Take a stroll along the boardwalk or spot wildlife from the bird hide on the north side of the Broad.
You’ll find lots more information on local bike routes and points on interest on our site. Take a look around today to get inspired.