Cycling Guides

Bikes by a Flatford sign

The Dedham Vale National Landscape is a beautiful place to cycle and explore on two wheels!

There are a few important cycle safety points to bear in mind:

  • Ensure your bike is in good working order before you set off on your trip.
  • Go well equipped. Take a mobile phone, a puncture repair kit and pump, a first aid kit and refreshments.
  • Be seen, wear high visibility clothing.
  • Ride in single file on busy roads.
  • Be aware of, and follow the Highway Code
  • Wear a cycle helmet.
  • Let other road users know your intentions – give clear hand signals.
  • Listen out for other traffic and be considerate of other road users, pedestrians and horses.

From time to time there will be diversions or temporary closures of some sections of the walking and cycling routes promoted in the AONB.

Any changes or updates will be posted on our Promoted Route Updates page, as well as being shared on our social media channels.

Download our Introduction and map of the seven cycle routes in the AONB (PDF).

The Painters' Trail

The Painters’ Trail is a long distance circular route that takes you through the Dedham Vale National Landscape, stopping off at major artistic landmarks on the way and cycling through the scenery that inspired some of the world's greatest landscape painters, including Thomas Gainsborough, Alfred Munnings, and John Constable.

The route is 69 miles/111km, although shortcuts are available. The route generally follows quiet lanes and single track roads, with some major road crossings. Please remain alert at major road crossings marked on the map.

Cycling Through a Masterpiece - Maps and Guides

Route 1: Clare - 12.8 miles (PDF)

Route 2: Hartest and Glemsford - 9.4 miles (PDF)

Route 3: Long Melford - 12.6 miles (PDF)

Route 4: Bures and Sudbury - 19 miles (PDF)

Route 5: Bures and Nayland - 13 miles (PDF)

Route 6: Stoke-by-Nayland - 14.6 miles (PDF)

Route 7: Dedham - 14 miles (PDF)

Cycling in the Stour Valley Guide (PDF)