Cycling ideas

This article was published in 2003, in Newsletter 48.

This is a lovely time of year to enjoy the East Anglian countryside by bike. Here are a few ideas, and sources of information.

May leisurely ride
On May’s leisurely ride, which visited a variety of windmills opened for National Windmill Weekend.

On the second Sunday of each month, join us for the Cycling Campaign’s Leisurely Ride. We leave from Hobbs Pavilion on Parker’s Piece at 1 pm, for a gentle countryside ride. See the diary page for details.

Every July over 250 artists in the Cambridge area open their studios to visitors for one or more weekends. You should find Cambridge Open Studios programmes all over the city, and plenty of information and excellent maps on the website. A bike ride meandering from one studio to another is a lovely way to spend a sunny Sunday!

Ride for charity: do a sponsored bike ride. Whenever we find out about sponsored rides, we put them on our diary page. The biggest one in this area is the London to Cambridge ride, which this year is on Sunday 27 July. See article.

The Mildenhall Cycling Rally is one of the largest in the UK. This year it runs from 23 to 25 August. There’s grass-track racing and cyclo-cross to watch, childrens’ events, touring rides and a trade show. It’s all organised by volunteers from Mildenhall Cycling Club, and well worth visiting.

The Jubilee Cycleway, heading east along the River Cam, is a lovely route out towards Anglesey Abbey. See Newsletter 43 for more information. Our Bike Week Picnic Ride will follow this route on 22 June.

There are some ideas for rides around Cambridge, and information about a few books with suggested routes, on our web site.

Take your bike on a train to see further afield. Anglia Railways have a cycling section on their website, including suggestions for rides between stations “around the Bittern Track”. They even have a cycle rescue service for their customers.

The County Council’s Countryside and Recreation web pages have information on cycling leaflets.

The East of England Tourist Board web site tells you how to get hold of many “Cycling Discovery Maps” for rides throughout the eastern region. The maps are also available in packs for various combinations of counties. There’s plenty of other information too, such as cycling holiday operators in the region.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, there’s the North Sea Cycle Route: 6000 km of signed cycle routes through the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland and England.

Clare Macrae