Three River Loop
Located around 12 miles from Norwich, Loddon makes a great base from which to explore the beautiful Norfolk Broads. This wide loop takes in some of the area’s most spectacular waterways as well as villages and open countryside. If you’re staying in Loddon or the surrounding area, or if you’re travelling through the region by boat, why not spend a morning in the saddle and get to know this wonderful part of Norfolk even better?
As this route is broadly circular, you can start your ride anywhere along its length. If you’re travelling by train, both Reedham and Beccles have stations within easy reach of the route. If you’re driving, head to Loddon and leave your vehicle in one of the local car parks.
From Loddon, head east along Norton Road for a few miles until you come to the crossroad with Loddon Road, Ferry Road and Low Road. If you want to explore the banks of the River Yare, take a trip on the Reedham Ferry or stop for a drink at the Ferry Inn, turn left and head up into the wetlands. Alternatively, turn right down Ferry Road and cycle towards Hales.
Once you’ve gone past Hales, head south down Beccles Road and onto Raveningham Road. Before you reach the centre of Beccles, turn left under the A146 and head towards Geldeston. Cycle west along The Street and then keep left on the Geldeston Road past Ellingham.
Just past the village, turn right under the A143 and then head north along Lug’s Lane back to Loddon.
The full loop measures around 20 miles. If you cycle at an average pace, it should take around four hours to complete. Most of the loop is on quiet country roads and lanes.
Like most parts of Norfolk, the area around Loddon is home to a great choice of country pubs. You’ll find a pub in Loddon, one just on the other side of the River Yare (accessible via the Reedham Ferry) and three in the area around Geldeston. A wider choice of shops, pubs and cafes can be found in nearby Beccles.
Points of interest
If you’re interested in the history of the local area, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy. Before you set off on your cycle, take a few minutes to explore Loddon Staithe. During the 19th century, it was a mooring site for the wherries that used to ply their trade up and down the narrow River Chet.
Just before you turn left to cycle up to the Reedham Ferry, you’ll get a great view of the Chet Valley and Hardley Floor. This National Trust site is an important natural habitat and a great place to spot local wildlife.
As you cycle through the village of Hales, you’ll pass Raveningham Hall. This old country estate is a great place for an afternoon stroll. Call the estate office to check opening times before you arrive.
If you want to explore more of the Norfolk countryside by bike, you’ll find a number of routes, maps and tools on our site. Take a look around today to find out more.