This cycle route starts amongst the tall pines of Rendlesham Forest and visits peaceful Shingle Street. An optional diversion includes bustling Bawdsey Quay.
Take a trip from the natural to the supernatural! Rendlesham Forest was the setting for the UK’s most famous UFO incident, whilst the coast at Shingle Street is a great place for wildlife. If you have time, learn about Suffolk’s very own breed of horse at the Suffolk Punch Trust.
Time: 3 hours or 5 hours if Bawdsey Quay diversion followed (allow more time to visit the Suffolk Punch Trust Visitor Centre).
Terrain: Route follows minor roads, village roads and B roads, some with 60mph speed limits. Some sections on forest tracks and bridleways with variable surfaces. Some short hills.
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The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of Britain’s finest landscapes. It extends from the Stour estuary in the south to the eastern fringe of Ipswich and then north to Kessingland. The AONB covers 403 square kilometres, including wildlife-rich wetlands, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.
Rendlesham Forest car park: access via the B1084 and A1152 from the A12. IP12 3NF.
Rendlesham Forest car park: IP12 3NF. The car park gets very busy on summer Sundays and bank holidays. Pay and Display car park
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Hybrid/mountain bike or road bike with tyres suitable for bridleway/forest track use.
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