Peaceful Byways is a guide to the quietest lanes in West Norfolk, with route maps and detailed descriptions of each ride. Start points are all in small towns or villages within a radius of 15 miles from Swaffham and all have (at the moment!) convenient free parking, but check local signs before parking!
You are welcome to download the rides and maps for your own personal use and there is a link to a downloadable PDF file on each ride. There is also a page with information on cycling in France and information on the various ways to travel with your bike, plus a link for Bed and Breakfast in France.
For the sake of other cyclists, please observe the rules of the road and remember,
wherever you go............. leave only memories.
If you are on unfamiliar ground, an OS 1:25,000 local map is a useful item to carry, plus a hand compass. Mine always hangs handy on a chord round my neck, as a map is not much good if you don't know which way you are facing! Many of the network of small lanes are unsigned, making the compass even more essential. Also vital on hot sunny days is a good quantity of fresh water, preferably with energy tablets added, and a couple of bananas for that bit of extra energy.
Remember it's a long way between shops in Norfolk, so a few chewy energy bars come in handy and they don't melt in the heat! Wherever possible I have indicated points where supplies are available 'en route'.
If you have a small tablet or mobile you can download an OS map of East Anglia for offline use from ANQUET MAPS. I find this very handy, and the maps are auto-updated.This cost £10 P.A. Also available from Google Store is OsmAnd+ GPS (unlimited version) for a one off payment of £7.99. Good value, great maps and works well providing you have motion sensors installed.
On my travels I frequently see people on cycles wearing dark clothing which can't be seen under shadows. This is a serious mistake - "BRIGHT IS RIGHT" should be the rule, especially on narrow tree-lined lanes. Follow the advice below.............