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Towers and Spires: St Edmundsbury & Ipswich cycle ride

Bury St Edmunds  |  Suffolk
10 churches  |  30 miles with shorter 19 mile version

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Cycling through unspoilt Suffolk countryside, you will never travel far without seeing the soaring tower or spire of an ancient church.

‘Of all the great English counties, Suffolk is the most truly medieval,’ wrote author Simon Jenkins, and this is certainly true of its churches.

This tour, in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, will take you from the impressive St Edmundsbury Cathedral, at the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds, out into open country where you ride along winding lanes, pedal up hills and freewheel down into wooded valleys. The lofty towers, built with the flint so characteristic of East Anglia – some with spires atop them – will spur you on.

Taking time to step inside churches en route, you will be rewarded by spectacular angel roofs, exquisite carving and dazzling stained glass.

Great Barton – Holy Innocents; Pakenham – St Mary; Thurston – St Peter; Tostock – St Andrew; Woolpit – St Mary; Shelland – King Charles the Martyr; Rattlesden – St Nicholas; Drinkstone – All Saints; Hessett – St Ethelbert and Rougham – St Mary.

If you don’t want to tackle the entire route, there’s a shorter option for a more relaxed ride. Go at your own pace and make it a truly memorable day.

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