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Rebellion Way Cycle Route

A new multi-day cycling adventure around Norfolk on cycle paths and bridleways

About Rebellion Way

Rebellion Way is a new cycle route from Cycling UK that takes riders around Norfolk, going through King's Lynn, Hunstanton, Sheringham, Norwich, Thetford, Swaffham, and more!

Introduced for 2023, it showcases the very best of Norfolk and the route guides cyclists not only through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty but also through a trail full of history and pastoral charm. This route has been designed with both experienced and new cyclists in mind, so you'll enjoy the route regardless of skill level!

Whether you're planning on bikepacking around the route or cycling segments of it at a time,  Cycling UK's new Rebellion Way is the perfect long-distance route for you!

Rebellion Way - a cycle through history

The Rebellion Way name comes from two fascinating rebellions that took place in Norfolk: one from Boudicca, the Iceni Queen and the other from Robert Kett, a Norfolk Landowner.

Starting from Norwich, the route passes by Venta Icenorum, the capital of the Iceni Tribe that attempted to rise up against the Roman Empire back in 60 AD and, while they ultimately didn't succeed, did manage to seriously destabilise Roman control in Britain. It also incorporates parts of Boudicca Way, a route that goes between Norwich and Diss.

  • Norwich Castle
  • Burnham Market

Coming back, the route returns through Kett's Heights, a key area during Kett's Rebellion. This revolt was against landowners in the area as they closed common land in the area for private use. This left peasants nowhere to graze animals at a time of inflation, unemployment, increasing rent, and declining wages. Starting in Wymondham on 8th July 1549, rioters first targeted Robert Kett as one of the infringing landowners. However, after listening to the rioters, Kett decided to join them and help them tear down his and other fences. After this, the rioters stormed Norwich with Kett as their leader, capturing it and defeating a Royal Army led by the Marquess of Northampton, William Parr, on August 1st.

Both Boudicca's conquest against the Romans and Kett's stand against exploitation stand as icons of Rebellions which this route honours, as well as a lot of other fascinatingly turbulent history from the iron age onwards.

Rebellion Way Cycling Holiday - where to stay

While the route officially starts from Norwich, you can really start anywhere along it! 

And our accommodation at Hunstanton Camping & Glamping is a fantastic place to stay along the route! We're based in Heacham, a 3-minute walk from the beach and only a short cycle away from the Rebellion Way. This makes our site an ideal stop-off point for bikepackers, as you won't have to diverge too far from the route to get here, and can rest up for the night ready for your next day on the Rebellion Way!

Camping on the Rebellion Way

Our site has plenty of amenities for your stop-off along the route. Cool down and clean off in the on-site showers, and freshen up in the toilets! You can also use the free WiFi to keep in touch with everything, update people on your progress, or simply unwind after a long day of cycling. Our site is dipped down from the road which protects it from the noise and view of surrounding caravan sites, making for a quiet stay in your one-person tent.  If you're cycling as a group, you can all camp next to each other so you won't have to be spread around the site.

Alternatively, if you want somewhere more comfortable to stop for the night, we have a range of Glamping, B&B, and Cottage options for your stay!

Rebellion Way Bed & Breakfast - B&B Rooms

An ideal choice for staying for one night at our site! Our cosy Bed and Breakfast rooms will give you a comfortable bed, a bathroom to freshen up in, and a buffet breakfast in the morning to give you plenty of energy for the next leg of your journey. Or, at least, enough energy until you spy a nice cafe on your route! Converted from farm buildings, our B&Bs all feature rustic stylings that capture that farm feel while providing a comfortable room for the night. In the morning, just text us a 20-minute slot between 8 am and 10 am for your breakfast (to avoid overcrowding the breakfast room) and once your slot arrives, you'll have access to a variety of food, including fresh bread from local bakeries, eggs laid from the chickens that roam the site, fresh fruit, jams, yoghurts, cereal, tea, coffee, and more! You can also use the provided kettles, toasters, egg cookers, and microwave to prep your breakfast meal! 

Rebellion Way Glamping

Bell Tent - Our bell tents are specially designed to keep you comfortable under canvas, with a double bed, provided stove, and comfy furniture to ensure you can relax in total comfort and unwind before continuing on the 232-mile route. At your bell tent, you can use the provided fire pit to cook yourself a barbecue meal after a long day of cycling or cook up a unique full English the morning before setting off

Shepherds Hut - Our cosy shepherds huts are the perfect fit for couples tackling Rebellion Way together! With a double bed, dining table, kitchenette, and access to the Glampers' kitchen, you'll have the space to relax, cook, and prepare for the journey ahead! Also, you'll get a basket of breakfast goods delivered to your hut in the morning, so you can sort your breakfast out without having to leave!

Self-Catering Accommodation on the Rebellion Way

Self-Catering Chalets - The self-catering chalets offer a double bed to stay in and a kitchenette for preparing and cooking food, making it great for those who brought food with them. With an en-suite shower and toilet, you'll be able to clean up and get ready for continuing on down the way. These chalet rooms also come with skylights above the bed, meaning you can watch the stars at night while you're relaxing after completing the latest leg of the Rebellion Way

Self-Catering Cottages - For bigger groups, our Self-Catering Cottages provide plenty of space for families that are going through the Rebellion Way together. With a full kitchen including a fridge, electric oven, stove, microwave, and more, the self-catering cottages let you cook whatever meals you need to have the energy for cycling the byways and quiet back roads of the route!

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Rebellion Way Route - the steps of revolt

The route, developed by Cycling UK, has been broken up into steps for you to plan out your journey and where you want to stay. Here are the stages:

  • Part 1: Norwich to Thetford*
  • Part 2: Thetford to King's Lynn
  • Part 3: King's Lynn to Wells-next-the-Sea
  • Part 4: Wells-next-the-Sea to Sheringham
  • Part 5: Sheringham to Norwich
  • *

    There is also a shorter route in Part 1 that takes you from Norwich, through Wymondham and over to Swaffham instead

Of course, these are just the headlines, as these routes very intentionally take you through some great towns, villages, rural areas, and more! Villages like Diss, Heacham, Holt, and Burnham Market make for good stop-off points if you want a break from cycling. Meanwhile, you can also visit attractions like Holkham Hall and Castle Acre, or simply enjoy the stunning vistas and thriving wildlife of the Norfolk Broads and The Brecks. There are plenty of places to visit on your journey, and you can visit as few or as many as you'd like.

The length of the route can be daunting to amateur cyclists, but it is designed to be ridden by cyclists of all skill levels. Thanks to Norfolk's relatively flat terrain, you won't have to do any more than 100m of height gain along the whole route, and most of the height gain you have to do is very gentle; there's only one section near Sheringham where you might need to push.

As for navigating the route it is, unfortunately, not signposted, so it's advised that you keep a GPS visible while you're cycling. Some parts of the route overlap with National Cycle Network Route 1 and Boudicca Way, so at those points you can follow the signposting. You can also watch the video overview of the route that covers the highlights and trickier to navigate parts of the route, here's the first part:

Attractions along Rebellion Way

The quiet lanes of the Norfolk route are, of course, attractions enough all on their own. However, also along this path are ancient sites, royal estates, forests, seaside resorts, and more! Here are just a few of the great attractions along Rebellion Way:

Hunstanton

One of the biggest seaside resorts in North Norfolk with a wealth of fun things to do for people of all ages! The route goes adjacent to the town's South Promenade and past a lot of the attractions there, including the Sea Life Centre, Rainbow Park Fairground, Blackbeard's Adventure Golf, a variety of arcades, and more! The route also takes you along Cliff Parade, where you can get a great view of the sea as you ride past the beautiful Esplanade Gardens. Of course, while you may well want to pass through and crack on with the route, Hunstanton provides plenty of reasons to stop off, either for the day or just for a quick pit-stop on your journey for some fish and chips!

  • South Beach Camping: South beach sunset

Thetford Forest

  • South-Beach-Camping: Cooking marshmallows in a fire pit

With over 18,000 hectares of woodland, Thetford Forest is an expansive area with plenty to explore and multiple routes in and around it. The Rebellion Way goes straight through it, giving you a quick-stop tour of the forest in all its natural beauty. However, it's worth staying longer to really explore it in-depth. Why not take a detour on your main route to ride around some of the other routes offered in this expanse of woodland? Or, you can stop off at Grime's Grave, the only Neolithic flint mine in Britain that is still open to visitors. The Way takes you straight past it, making it a prime location to stop off and learn some history!

Castle Acre

The village of Castle Acre is one deeply rooted in ancient history, with architecture that stretches back all the way to 1090! The route goes straight through the village, as well as through the Bailey Gate and past the castle and priory that still stand there almost a whole millennium later. Either stop off to explore the inside of these historic grounds, or take a coffee break at one of the village's cafes.

Wells-next-the-Sea

Another attraction en-route is Wells-next-the-Sea, one of the quieter beaches on the North Norfolk coast but by no means one of the lesser ones. Your path will give you views across the sea out from Wells, as well as the beautiful salt marshes across from the beach. However, with a cafe and miles of gorgeous beach, this is one location that is well worth a stop! Take a break and relax on the beach, or go explore Wells Wood, a unique semi-natural pinewood forest that lines the coast!

Sandringham

A royal estate and a favourite of the late Queen Elizabeth II, the Rebellion Way cuts through some of Sandringham's royal woodland. However, the grounds and the estate itself make for fantastic places to explore and take in. Whether you're leaving the bike for a bit and going for a walk around one of the many trails, or diverging from your main route to tackle one of the cycling loops through Sandringham's grounds, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the carefully looked-after gardens and grounds of Sandringham! You can also book to go in and see the house and gardens.

Still maintained in the style of Edward and Alexandra, Prince and Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra), all the main ground floor rooms used by The Royal Family, full of their treasured ornaments, portraits and furniture, are open to the public. In addition to the magnificent State Rooms, there is a large exhibition on Prince Albert in the Coach House.

  • South Beach Camping: Platinum Jubilee Event
  • South Beach Camping: Family picnic in Sandringham
  • South Beach Camping: Sandringham forest
  • South beach camping:  Sandringham walks
  • South Beach camping: View to sea from sandringham forest

Old Hunstanton

  • South Beach Camping: Old Hunstanton cliffs

Along the coast from Hunstanton, Old Hunstanton is a stretch of coastline that is famous for its unique red and white striped cliffs! Generally quieter than the main Hunstanton beach, Old Hunstanton is off the path of the Rebellion Way somewhat, however it is well worth the small added journey to visit this special natural occurrence, or simply to just relax on a quiet beach for 5 minutes before continuing on your journey!

Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall - Holkham Hall is an 18th-century country house located adjacent to the village of Holkham, Norfolk, England. The hall and its accompanying neoclassical temples and palladian bridge are listed Grade I on Historic England's Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. It was constructed in the Palladian style by architect William Kent between 1734 and 1764 for Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester as a home for his large art and book collection.

The Rebellion Way also goes through Holkham Hall, a stately home with expansive parkland and rich biodiversity. The large park is host to a variety of activities, ranging from cycling and walking routes that go around the grounds to the Walled Garden, boat hire on the lake, cafe, and more! Holkham has a lot to explore and makes for a great stopping point on your journey.

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  • South Beach Camping: Holkham Hall

Rebellion Way FAQ!

Where do I start the Rebellion Way?

Really, you can start the route anywhere. However, the official starting point is in Norwich, at the Norwich railway station.

How difficult is the Rebellion Way to cycle?

Not difficult at all. The length may be daunting to inexperienced riders, however, it mostly goes through flat terrain, providing a gentle ride with not much height gain.

Where can I stay on the Rebellion Way?

The ideal accommodation on the Rebellion Way is definitely camping, as you can carry your tent with you as you cycle and will only need to find campsites en-route to stay at. However, if you want something more comfortable and are organised, you can book places to stay on your route so you don't have to carry anything with you!

OUR NATURE SAVING PLEDGE

Clean South Beach Camping

South Beach Camping is all about spending time with your loved ones and reconnecting with nature. And we want nothing more than to share this wonderful part of Norfolk with you and all that nature has to enjoy.

Here at South Beach Camping, we are committed to respecting the countryside and keeping it clean. We operate under and encourage a leave-no-trace ethos to all our guests, which means that when visiting the countryside you leave no trace of your visit to our South Beaching camping site and leave it exactly in the state it was when you arrived. It's this way of thinking that we hope to imprint on all who pass through our corner of the world which will help to ensure the protection of our precious countryside and the wildlife that live here.

The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code is supported by Natural England.

Protect The Environment

  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and insight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
  • Enjoy The Outdoors
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory

Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be Considerate of others
  • Respect Farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp on durable ground
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Minimise the effects of fire
The Caravan Code

The Caravan

  • a) Whether trailer or motor caravan, it is a vehicle designed for caravanning. Its appearance and colour are appropriate and do not offend public opinion.
  • b) It is regularly serviced so that it is safe in all respects when touring on the road, and on-site.

On The Road

  • a) The selection of trailer caravan and towing vehicles allows adequate performance in line with the Towing Code, namely: (i) The actual laden weight of the caravan should be kept as low as possible and should never normally exceed the kerb weight of the towing vehicle. (ii) The engine is powerful enough to keep the outfit at a speed, particularly on hills, that does not baulk other traffic. (iii) The caravan is carefully loaded to provide good balance and avoid instability.
  • b) The caravan complies with all Road Traffic Acts and other relevant Regulations, in particular, that there should be an adequate view to the rear of the caravan.
  • c) Where the caravan is a trailer towed by a vehicle, it is insured against third party risks. This must cover not only the caravan when attached to the towing vehicle, but also when detached.
  • d) Particular attention is paid to those sections of the Highway Code relevant to trailer caravans. (i) To cause the minimum inconvenience to other traffic, the caravanner observes traffic to his rear and ensures that every opportunity is offered for other vehicles to overtake. This includes the need always to allow space in front of the outfit for faster traffic to pull into with safety (and never to have two or more outfits bunched together), and on narrow roads to pull in and halt at a safe place to allow following traffic to overtake. (ii) To carry out normal road manoeuvres with increased care to take account of the length of the outfit, the vehicle’s reduced acceleration and longer stopping distances when braking. This requires greater anticipation, early signalling of intentions, and a very careful watch of overtaken traffic, particularly cyclists, before pulling in again to the nearside of the road.

On Any Site

The Member:

  • a) Pitches on private land with the express permission of the owner.
  • b) Places the caravan where it will not interfere with the convenience or enjoyment of others.
  • c) Avoids damage to turf by digging holes only when absolutely necessary and replacing turf where possible and by considerate use of the vehicle.
  • d) Disposes of any rubbish only by means provided on the site. If no receptacles are provided, as on some small farm sites, rubbish is taken home for disposal, or to any other recognised disposal point that has space.
  • e) For touring, other than on sites equipped with toilets, will carry his own sanitary equipment (usually chemical closet and related fluid) and dispose of the contents only at the point provided for that purpose. If burial is necessary, as perhaps on private property, this will not be done in the vicinity of any watercourse.
  • f) Allows no wastewater from the caravan to foul the ground, but ensures that suitable receptacles are connected to the waste pipes to collect the waste, and the receptacle emptied as necessary. In the few instances where no disposal point is provided, minimum fouling is achieved by distributing the water over a considerable area, as along a hedge.
  • g) Allows neither children nor animals to spoil the enjoyment of others, by keeping them under control.
  • h) Drives slowly and quietly when on site.
  • i) Respects the privacy and peace of others at all times by keeping mechanical, instrumental and vocal noise to a minimum.
  • j) Ensures that any laundry outside the caravan is displayed as discretely as possible.
  • k) Keeps the pitch neat and tidy with no loose equipment outside the caravan beyond what is necessary or appropriate and on departure leaves it as clean as, or cleaner than it was on arrival.
  • l) Observes the Countryside Code relating to water cleanliness, fire dangers, litter, public paths, gates, control of dogs, damage to crops, hedges, walls, trees and plants, livestock and wildlife
The Seashore Code

Show Respect For Seashore Creatures

Seashore creatures are fascinating and have found special ways of living in their environment. They have to adapt to survive the rigours of wave-action, exposure and predation. Some have shells for protection, but many need to hide under rocks, seaweed or in the sand.

Exploring The Seashore Is Fun, But Please Remember:

  • Leave animals where you find them.
  • Take care when touching soft-bodied animals - they are very delicate.
  • Carefully lift and replace any rocks you may have moved - there are animals underneath which need them for shelter.
  • Leave attached seaweed in place - there is plenty lying loose on the strand line.
  • Do not trample through rock pools.

Take Photos, Not Living Animals

  • Shells come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Many still contain living animals, even if they do look 'dead'. If you want to collect shells, please make sure they are empty before taking them home.

If you want to buy a souvenir:

  • Buy a photograph, book or poster of colourful marine creatures rather than shells, coral, starfish and urchins or other 'marine curios'. Remember 'curios' would almost certainly have been alive, when collected. If we don't buy them, the shops won't sell them.

Avoid Disturbing Wildlife

You can see many animals at their best when they are behaving naturally. This is true for animals such as seals, otters and seabirds, as well as rock pool animals. To avoid disturbing wildlife:

  • It is best to watch from a distance, through binoculars if possible, especially if the animals are nesting, or pupping in the case of seals.
  • Keep your dog clear of birds and other animals.
  • Remember, it is now illegal to disturb or harass many species of birds and animals.

Take Your Rubbish Home With You

Beach rubbish is unsightly and can be dangerous to sea creatures. Much of the litter on our shores comes from tourists, shipping, fishing vessels and sewage outfalls. You can help to reduce this problem when visiting the coast:

  • Take your rubbish home - burying it is no solution.
  • Keep your dog from fouling the beach.
  • Report canisters or drums that may be washed up on the beach, but do not touch them.
  • Take part in BeachWatch - the annual beach clean and survey organised by the Marine Conservation Society, or Adopt-a-Beach - a regular survey of beach litter.
  • Bag It and Bin It, Please Don't Flush It - bag and bin all plastic bathroom waste such as cotton bud sticks.

Watch Where You Go

Beaches and sand dunes are prone to erosion and easily damaged by people and vehicles. To help protect the coast:

  • Keep to established paths and dune boardwalks.
  • Park in designated car parks and keep access to footpaths clear.
  • Do not use beaches or dunes for scrambling motorcycles or other 'off-road' vehicles.
  • If you dig holes in the beach, please fill them up again.
  • Leave pebbles and rocks on the beach rather than collect them for your garden.

Be Careful!

All cliffs are unstable and potentially dangerous, yet they are an impressive sight and from the cliff top it is possible to enjoy a panoramic view of the coastline. Cliffs also provide a very specialised habitat for the plants and animals that live on them.

Take Care Near Cliffs:

  • Remember that it is dangerous to climb up or go near the top or bottom of a cliff.
  • Please don't throw or push anything over the edge of cliffs. As well as being dangerous, it can increase the rate of cliff erosion and kill or disturb wildlife.
  • Play safe on the beach too: Check tide times to avoid being cut off. Keep away from soft sand and mud - it is easy to get stuck!
Codes of Conduct
NORFOLK CAMPING CIC SITE POLICIES

General

  • The warden named by the organisation is to be responsible for the conduct of all individual members or non-members and for ensuring that those attending comply with all codes.
  • The warden must ensure that all members and non-members are aware of The Countryside Code, The Caravan Code, and The Seashore Code.
  • The organisation and all members and non-members who use the site will take reasonable steps to ensure that the siting of units (a caravan, motor home, tent, or trailer tent) does not unduly interfere with the activities of local people, their privacy, or their enjoyment of their property. They will also ensure that the siting of units does not interfere with the enjoyment by others of the landscape, natural beauty, or nature conservation value of the area, particularly in areas designated for their landscape or wildlife qualities.
  • The organisation will undertake not to over-use any venue and will consider carefully before holding successive meetings and ensure against being a nuisance.
  • The organisation will take reasonable steps to minimise disturbance to local people and will investigate and deal with the causes of any complaints made.
  • Care should be taken not to damage the site or the surrounding locality. Trees, fences, buildings, equipment wildlife, and farm animals should all be respected.
  • Domestic animals belonging to members of the organisation will be kept on a lead and under close control. They will not be allowed to run loose on the site or cause disturbance to local people farm animals or wildlife. They will be exercised away from units and those parts of the site used for communal activities. Any mess will be cleared up.
  • The responsible person will identify open space suitable for the playing of games that might otherwise intrude upon or constitute a danger or annoyance to others on or around the site.
  • Noise should be kept to a minimum for the comfort of others on the site as well as people who live or work nearby.

Road Safety:

  • The responsible person will take steps to ensure that travel from major roads to a proposed site is not likely to cause undue disruption or difficulties for other road users. Access to the site must be suitable for the number and likely size of units attending the meeting. The arrival and departure of units should be arranged to minimise disruption to other road users.
  • The speed of vehicles on the site should be restricted to 5 mph.

Spacing and Density

  • For health and safety purposes emergency vehicles must be able to gain access to any unit on the site. As such, units should be well spaced and sited so they do not restrict access to, or exit from, any other unit or the site in general.
  • Where a site is being used by both caravans and tents they must be sited entirely separate from each other for health & safety reasons. However, this does not necessarily mean segregation. If the layout of the field does not allow for separate lines of tents, it is permissible to continue a line of caravans/motor homes with a line of tents, but they must be sited en-bloc and not interspersed. Trailer tents are classified as tents and must be sited accordingly. Children’s “pup-tents” may be erected alongside the parents’ unit and should be considered as part of the unit for spacing purposes.
  • Open fires and barbecues are allowable but fire precautions must be implemented, "a bucket of water must be kept alongside the bbq/campfire permission must be obtained from the Warden. Where permission is given for open fires or barbecues, they will be sited on open ground, away from units, vehicles, awnings, and any other structures.
  • A fire extinguisher approved to British Standards Institute and/or Fire Officers Certificate standards will be held on-site.

Chemical Toilets and Waste Water Disposal:

  • Organisations will act responsibly when disposing of the contents of chemical toilets and wastewater and take full account of the need to safeguard water supplies and prevent the pollution of rivers and streams.
  • On-site disposal of the contents of chemical toilets and wastewater will be in accordance with arrangements agreed with the organisation. Neither will be allowed to foul the ground. If there is any doubt about the disposal of waste, the organisation or, if appropriate, the warden will be requested for guidance.
  • Organisations should ensure that refuse is either taken home or disposed of in accordance with on-site arrangements. The warden should will police disposal of waste, recycling should be used with all waste items, separating up items appropriately disposal of waste is for items relevant to consumption only, all recycled items mush be condensed before being recycled i.e. flatten cans, remove lids from plastic bottles, flatten them and return the lid, flatten all cardboard and rinse out food containers before recycling them. no throwaway tents/mattresses/windbreaks are allowable.
  • The organisation will use every endeavour not to camp on any site for more than 42 consecutive days or 60 days in any 12 consecutive months. The organisation will also endeavour not to camp on any site being used for camping by other exempted organisations if, by doing so, the use of this site would be taken over these limits. This will help avoid the overuse of sites, particularly in popular areas.

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