Image via Geoff Henson

Jon Clifton takes us to a number of stunning locations around the East coast of England.

This collection features rides from as north as Norfolk and stretches down past Dover to Dungeness.

The Dungeness ride is something really special as this region is like no other in the United Kingdom. You’ll ride past the iconic lighthouse AND get to see the coast of France off in the distance.

Thanks for pulling together this fantastic collection Jon.

Romney Marshes

We start our ride near Warehorne in rural Kent and head out over the emptiness and unique Romney Marshes passing the small villages of Ivychurch, Newchurch and St Mary-in-the-Marsh (don’t miss the 12th century church as you pass by). Look out for the Romney Marshes breed of sheep. We end our ride on the seafront at New Romney. Will it rain, won’t it rain, …… cycle on and see!

26.5KM
DISTANCE
1:01:17
DURATION
71M
ELEVATION

Dungeness

This is a ride like nowhere else in the UK. We start on the most extensive example of a stabilised shingle headland in Europe at the Old Lighthouse at Dungeness where the barren landscape is dotted with quaint and odd-looking cottages and the vegetation is dry and arid giving a desert-like appearance (look out to the horizon on your right as you cycle pass the lighthouse. Yes, this is the coastline of France!).

40.69KM
DISTANCE
1:40:26
DURATION
298M
ELEVATION

Blakeney And Cley

A mid-winters ride starting in the quaint village of Hunworth, we follow the Glaven Valley northwards crossing the river on several occasions. After crossing at Glandford, we climb Wiveton Downs eventually to drop into Blakeney and along the quay front (watch the seagulls).

41.63KM
DISTANCE
1:49:54
DURATION
424M
ELEVATION

Bawdsey To Shingle Street Suffolk Part One

Starting at Bawdsey Quay on the mouth of the River Deben (this is the local foot ferry used in the summer months). We cycle through the quaint villages of Alderton (mind the Pheasant), Shottisham and Hollesley before heading back into the strengthening wind and onto the tiny costal hamlet of Shingle Street where we end the ride at the Martello Tower (small defensive ports built in the 19th century).

18.28KM
DISTANCE
48:23
DURATION
122M
ELEVATION

Bawdsey To Shingle Street Suffolk Part Two

Get your gilet ready for this early spring ride on the sea wall into a stiffening headwind. Starting at Shingle Street on the Suffolk coast we see several Martello Towers (originally built to defend Napoleonic forces in the 1800s), the second one, Found Tower, being a luxury self-catering retreat looking out over the Suffolk coastline. We get back onto Terra firma at Bawdsey and continue to our finish point at Bawdsey Quay on the mouth of the River Deben.

6.08KM
DISTANCE
25:19
DURATION
38M
ELEVATION

Lavenham and the Stour Valley (OC-124)

Starting in Kersey, one of the most scenic villages Suffolk has to offer and often regarded as a hidden gem with quintessential medieval timber-framed houses and a ford. We head off through more chocolate box villages with pretty thatched cottages, historic churches and picturesque gardens climbing Watson’s Hill (Official UK Climbs #124)

39.34KM
DISTANCE
1:32:33
DURATION
368M
ELEVATION

North Norfolk Villages Part One

A beautiful early summer’s ride taking in ten chocolate box villages in rural North Norfolk. Starting in Fulmodestone we cycle through Kettlestone and onto the sleepy villages of Little Snoring and Great Snoring where we then drop into the Stiffkey valley and Little Walsingham (famous for its religious shrine and Priory), note the octagonal pump house in the middle of the village built in the 16th century as a public water supply.

28.88KM
DISTANCE
1:08:01
DURATION
244M
ELEVATION

North Norfolk Villages Part Two

Starting at the large barn at Nethergate Farm we head south through rural Guestwick and Foulsham before dropping into the Wensum valley and passing by Bintree Mill (c1750). We then hit the notorious lanes known as puncture alley where tiny shards of flint wash off the fields and are the bane of cyclists.

Crossing back over the River Wensum at Great Ryburgh we climb to our finish point in the village of Stibbard.

21.18KM
DISTANCE
48:51
DURATION
157M
ELEVATION

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