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Cycle to the Wash

Photo from Nick FordRoute Details

  • From - to: King's Lynn to Shepherd's Port via Snettisham
  • Distance: 19 miles round trip
  • Type: Quiet roads and some traffic-free sections
  • Surface: Tarmac
  • National Cycle Network: Route 1

Route Description

The first part of the route is traffic-free, followed by some sections on quiet roads.

Starting at King's Lynn railway station, the route takes you out of the town on a traffic-free path through parkland following a disused railway. 

You continue through the woodlands of Ling Common, until you come to the attractive village of Castle Rising, with its impressive 12th century castle and 17th century almshouses, and on to the Royal Estate of Sandringham.

The route continues along the road to Snettisham, where this ride leaves the waymarked route and heads westwards for the coast at Shepherd's Port and the RSPB's Snettisham Reserve. The RSPB recommends visiting its Snettisham reserve in order to see one of nature’s great spectacles as tens of thousands of wading birds leave their feeding grounds and move onto the islands in front of the hides.

If you want a shorter there-and-back ride, turning around at Castle Rising will make the total distance 12 miles; and turning back at Sandringham Country Park will give you a 19-mile round trip. National Route 1 continues northwards from Snettisham to Burnham Market, Wells-next-the-Sea and Fakenham, but doesn’t intersect with the rail network again until it reaches Norwich.

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This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.

This route explores the traditional cycling country of West Norfolk from the bustling town of King's Lynn at the mouth of the River Ouse, to Shepherd's Port.

19 miles