Woodbridge to Saxmunham

Woodbridge to Saxmundham

This ride is approximately 16 miles long and takes you from Woodbridge out into the Suffolk countryside cycling along ‘B’ roads and country lanes with the aim of trying to avoid as much traffic as possible. Very flat ride.

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Starting from Quay Side, Woodbridge near to Woodbridge Railway station as you look out across the river you cycle to your left along Quay Side B1438 with the river on your right hand side as you cycle along the road.

After about 200 yards the road bends sharply to the left away from the water front. FOLLOW THE ROAD AROUND THE BEND. And after about 100 yards the B1438 TURNS RIGHT ALONG THE THOROUGH FARE. Follow the road along The Thoroughfare which changes its name to Melton Hill and then Melton Road.

After about three quarters of a mile you come to the suburb of Melton. At Melton continue Cycling along the B1438 which is now called Yarmouth Road. After about a mile you come to the village of Ufford.

Continue through Ufford keeping to the B1438 towards Wickham Market which about 1 mile past Ufford.

On reaching the large village of Wickham Market cycle through it on the B1438 and as you
begin to leave the village the B1438 meets at a ‘T’ junction with the B1078 (Lower Street). TURN RIGH along the B1078 and after 500 yards at the roundabout TURN RIGHT keeping to the B1078.

Cycle along the B1078 as it takes you straight across the A12 and after about 700 yards the B1078 turns left towards the village of Campsey Ash. Follow the B1078 through the village of Campsey Ash, which was named in the Domesday Book of 1086. At this point you are just over half way through your cycle ride.

Continue to cycle along the B1078 through the lovely Suffolk countryside and after about one and a half miles you come to Tunstall. At Tunstall the B1078 comes to a ‘T’ Junction. At the ‘T’ junction TURN LEFT AND THEN IMMEDIATE RIGHT along Orford Road. Note at this point it is still the B1078.

Cycle along Orford Road for 150 yards and then TURN LEFT along the B1069 Snape Road. Cycle along Snape Road for about two and a half miles and you come to the village of Snape. The Romans established a settlement here, centered on salt production.

About 200 yards after leaving the village of Snape the B1069 (now called Church Street) comes to a cross road with the A1094. You GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE CROSS ROADS along a country lane and after three quarters of a mile you come to a junction with the B1121 at the village of Sternfield.(Note – the B1069 merges with another road, Sandy Lane from the left just before the junction with the B1121)

At the ‘T’ junction with the B1121 TURN LEFT which takes you through the small village of Sternfield and as you start to leave the village the B1121 comes to a ‘T’ junction where it splits in both directions. TURN RIGHT at this junction and cycle along the road which takes you to Saxmundham. Cycle along this road for about half a mile and you reach Saxmundham. The earliest recorded mention of Saxmundham is in the Domesday Book of 1086 which mentions three churches. It has had a market charter since at least 1272 AD.

When you reach Saxmundham the road changes its name to High Street and at this point you have reached the end of your cycle ride. Should you wish you can return by train, but make sure you check the service available before your ride. The railway station is on the left as you enter Saxmundham.

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