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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Coltishall to Smallburgh and Brampton Loop|
|Distance : miles (km)||27.54 (44.32)|
|Posted By||N White|
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|A beautiful cycle route in picturesque Norfolk. The route is through the hidden countryside lanes away from main roads (apart from a 1 mile section on the A149). The starting and finishing point is in Coltishall, a small village on the edge of The Norfolk Broads. Coltishall has many independant shops, a scrumptious Thai restaurant and many pubs. Several of which are located by the river in a very relaxing environment. The cycle route has many pubs along the way which are ideal for refreshments.|
|Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?|
|Coltishall is a busy riverside village. It is sometimes referred to as the "Gateway to the Broads" as it marks the start of the navigable portion of the River Bure. The staithe is someway out of the village itself and it captivates visitors with its picturesque setting, riverside pubs, a grassy field and is overlooked by fine properties. The thatched village church of St John is within walking distance of the staithe. The residential part of the village is nearly a mile further along the road and has some shops. The Bure Valley Railway has a station in Coltishall, but this is a long walk from the staithe! Coltishall is also famous for its RAF base, situated about a mile north of the village. This RAF base has a long history and is where Sir Douglas Bader was once a squadron commander. Sadly, flying operations ceased at the end of March 2006.
|posted by:John Condie||Rating :||difficult :|
|I completed the route on 11th June with my wife.|
On the whole we enjoyed the ride but found it did not live up to the description given.
The start and finish points were a little vague but we found the car park to the Cricket and Bowling club ideal as a base.
The first half of the route was lovely with the pretty villages and other interesting features ..
However the second half was boring with no villages or points of interest. As this is the more difficult section of the route it made for harder going. s this was the last impression we had it served to spoil the whole ride. It would be better to route direct back to Coltisahll from Skeyton (4 miles) or find other villages to pass through on the way.
The inferrence that the ride was completed on minor lanes except for 1 mile proved to be wrong and we found the majority of the roads to be far mor major than we expected or would have liked.