The Brecks is in the heart of England’s cycling country. Its expansive landscapes of forest, heath and farmland make varied, easy cycling. Many of the flat and straight roads have relatively little traffic on. There is a good mix of easy going routes for all the family, to the more challenging off-road routes for those seeking greater adventure.
Cycle competitions and events are held here throughout the year including the Mildenhall Cycling Festival and Dusk Till Dawn at High Lodge. Cyclists can also take advantage of special fares and facilities on trains and discounted entry at some visitor attractions, such as Oxburgh Hall (National Trust).
All ability cycle hire is available in Thetford Forest (see below).
Route 13 passes through The Brecks between Watton and Thetford connecting to cycle route 1.
Tel: Sustrans Information Line 0845 113 0065,
20 mile/22 km circular route, taking in the Georgian market town of Swaffham and Oxburgh Hall (NT). There is a 10 mile/16 km shortcut. Contact: 0870 2254852.
Brecks Discovery Route
There are three trails through from Theford Forest High Lodge Visitor Centre. Brandon Country Park and High Lodge loops are both 6.5 miles/10.5 km long; the Black Route is 8 miles/12.9 km one way. Free access for cyclists on land owned by the Forestry Commission.
Thetford Forest Trails
This route is 21 miles / 34 km long passing through rolling farmland around Swaffham It is mainly on tracks and minor roads. Tel: NCC 01603 222143
Swaffham Bridal Route
Click here for the Biking and Brewing Trail (some information may not be current).
Bike Art, High Lodge Forest Centre Tel: 01842 810090 (Hire, sales and repairs)
Cycle King, Bury St Edmunds Tel: 01284 769902 (Sales and repairs)
Mick's Cycles, Bury St Edmunds Tel: 01284 753946 (Sales and repairs)
Rudlings, Watton Tel: 01953 881760
Breckland Cycling Club Tel: 01953 880013
Mildenhall Cycling Club Tel: 01842 890721