Norwich to Norwich Riverside Bike Ride

Norwich Riverside Ride

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A 2 mile return route cycle route which takes you along a riverside path along the River

Wensum which is nearly all traffic free. It is an easy flat route and ideal cycle ride for a
leisurely afternoons ride enjoying the history of the riverbank along the way. You will find several pubs along the route should you wish to get some refreshments
Norwich is an historical city with two cathedrals, a castle ancient buildings and an abundance of shops and market stalls in its city centre. It was once the second largest city in England

Starting from the car park on the river bank off Elm Hill at the back of St Andrew’s Hall in the centre of Norwich leave the car park and cycle along the path on the riverside with the river on your left hand side as you cycle along.
After about 150 yards you cycle along the path at the back of The Ribs of Beef Riverside Pub and cross Wensum Street and continue to cycle along the riverside path as it takes you along the old quayside of Norwich with terraced premises on your right as you cycle along the quayside. As you pass through the quayside if you look at the blocks etc placed along the way on the ground you will see they are marked with the markings from days gone by when the quay was a busy place.

Norwich Riverside Path

Continue along the riverside path pats The Wig and Pen Pub and as it bends round to the right and you pass the crown court buildings on your right. Note:- should you want some refreshments at this point there is a fine pub at the back of the crown court buildings called The Adam & Eve pub. After passing the bend the path takes you along into a parkland area along the river bank as you cycle along.

You will then pass the Great Hospital on your right and after another 200 yards you will see the ‘Cow Tower’ as you round the bend in the river. The Cow Tower was built in the 14th century for military purposes.

About 150 yards past the Cow Tower you come to The Red Lion Pub situated on the river bank next to a medieval bridge. Continue past the pub and you will see the grounds of the medieval cathedral on your right with the cathedral a short distance away across the playing fields. The cathedral was built between 1096 and 1145 and originally the spire was constructed of wood.

Norwich Riverside Path

Cycle for another quarter of a mile to the end of the riverside path where you come to the steps of another pub called The Compleat Angler. You can if you wish go up the steps and on to the road and bear to your right up a steep hill which takes you to the centre of Norwich. At the Compleat Angler we recommend that you about turn a cycle back along the traffic free river side path to the start of your cycle ride.

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