Norfolk F2C 'bikepacking' and cycle touring route

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The Norfolk F2C is a 137-mile mixed-surface bikepacking or cycle touring route from Thetford to Great Yarmouth, connecting existing trails such as disused raillways and public bridleways with quiet lanes. It links Breckland, the North Norfolk Coast and the Broads with the east coast. A comprehensive, detailed touring guide is available for download below.

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A comprehensive 30-page e-book/pdf guide to the F2C cycling route. Includes transport information and touring practicalities, mapping with detailed directions, points of interest, town profiles, accommodation and food recommendations, natural and cultural attractions and much more.

If you download the guide, please contact me for the accompanying GPX files.

***Second edition, fully updated September 2021.***


F2C routes

Main route

Cley to/from Norwich alternative route

Norwich to Great Yarmouth ‘Nature, History and Trains’ alternative route

Photo blogs

Thetford to Cley

norfolk-f2c Cley trailhead, with touring bike pictured at Cley Marshes nature reserve.

Cley to Great Yarmouth

norfolk-f2c bikepacking route at Great Yarmouth racecourse, with a touring bike in front of a fish and chip stand at sunrise.

Alternative routes

norfolk-f2c bikepacking route passes under an old railway bridge on the Marriotts Way at Felthorpe.

Mixed gravel day ride extensions

Watch the videos

Norfolk F2C teaser

Norfolk F2C, full

Promotion ‘Norwich Overnighter: Nature, History and Trains’

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Presentation — replacing cars with bikes

Below is the presentation of F2C made to Norfolk Wildlife Trust CEO Pamela Abbott in October 2019. Ms. Abbott sadly dismissed the idea of a NWT-branded, signed route linking its reserves (the route passes by or near 12 sites, including the flagship Cley Marshes and Hickling Broad sites) and other initiatives to reduce motor traffic through cycling. She laughed as she explained that her strategy was actually to increase car park size in order to deal with the blight of visitors’ vehicles in Hickling village, stating that, “the bottom line is that we have to sell a lot of coffee.”

A minor victory was the subsequent introduction of parking charges at Cley for non-members (although members still park for “free”, a regressive subsidy from non-motorists, who include poorer sections of Norfolk’s population).

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