200-Mile Cycle Route Launched In Norfolk
Cyclists up for a challenge this autumn will have the chance to tackle Rebellion Way, a brand-new 233-mile route inspired by two of Norfolk’s famous rebel leaders.
Beginning and ending in the city of Norwich, Rebellion Way will guide you through a varied mix of country lanes, bridleways, byways, cycle paths and quiet ways, and is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.
Experienced long-distance cyclists may wish to complete the route over four or five days in one go, or of course there’s the option to take it easy and stop halfway through in King’s Lynn for a well-deserved rest, which offers easy onward transport options.
Along the way, you’ll discover parts of the Peddars Way, an ancient long-distance trail that has been in use for thousands of years, as well as the Bure Valley Path, which has recently been upgraded by Norfolk County Council.
The route takes its name from two of Norfolk’s most fascinating rebellions: those of Boudicca and Robert Kett.
Boudicca has been a famous cultural symbol since she led a revolt against Roman rule almost 2,000 years ago. Heading out of Norwich, the Rebellion Way passes by Venta Icenorum, the capital of Boudicca’s Iceni tribe, where you can see remains of the settlement to this day. The route also takes in sections of the Boudicca Way, which is accessible by bicycle.
On the return leg, the route passes Kett’s Heights, a key location in Kett’s Rebellion. Beginning in Wymondham in July 1549, rebels began to destroy fences placed by wealthy landowners. The group targeted Robert Kett who, instead of fighting the rebels, joined their cause and offered to lead them. The rebellion marched on Norwich and took the city.
As well as passing through well-known places such as Norwich, King’s Lynn and Sandringham, the route also takes in some local delights including Castle Acre, Little Walsingham and Holkham. There’s plenty to enjoy along the way, the route will take you through huge forests, endless coastline and you can even make a quick stop at the stunning Norfolk Broads.
Cycling UK has worked closely with journalist and route curator Guy Kesteven to create the Rebellion Way route. His experience of riding in the area has helped design a route that explores some of the best riding Norfolk has to offer, while making sure it remains welcoming to those new to long-distance cycling. Cycling UK has created the Rebellion Way Route as part of its role in the EXPERIENCE project funded by INTERREG France Channel England via the European Regional Development Fund.
Visit Cycling UK’s website for the route files and to download a free copy of a guide to the route at: www.cyclinguk.org/rebellion-way
Cycling UK designed the Cycle Friendly Place Programme to help businesses increase their visibility and attract more tourists travelling by bike. Businesses based in Norfolk can get accredited for free. Visit Cycling UK website for more information: Become a Cycle Friendly Place | Cycle Friendly Places (cyclinguk.org)
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