/ Towns/villages east of Cambridge?

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abr1966 - on 01 Mar 2019

Any suggestions for a nice small town/ village to spend a night around 20 miles radius east of Cambridge? 

We'll be getting a train to Cambridge with touring bikes but not arriving till tea time....heading over to the Suffolk coast but wanted a short ride on the first day!

Any advice greatly received.....will be looking for a b&b/ pub to stay in...

yorkshire_lad2 on 01 Mar 2019

Clare and Cavendish are pretty  Suffolk villages (Google maps says 30 miles from Cambridge station)

A bit further east is Lavenham (very touristy and therefore pricey but very pretty; stay in Long Melford instead).  Kersey also pretty (and less touristy)

GrahamD - on 02 Mar 2019
In reply to yorkshire_lad2:

All the above, although Lavenham is a bit of a stretch for a short evening. I'd go for Clare personally or if after something bigger, Bury st Edmunds.  

Worth taking time plotting routes to use smaller roads.

Think I'm heading over to Clare and Bury this morning.  Coincidence. 

Wanderer100 - on 02 Mar 2019
In reply to abr1966:

Haverhill is about 20 miles South East of Cambridge. Once crowned Chav capital of the UK!! Quite a nice town and not overly expensive. 

nr on 02 Mar 2019
In reply to abr1966:

I'd second Bury St. Edmunds, but it's going to be outside of your 20 mile radius. It's a lovely place though. Newmarket is kind of OK-ish. Do not, under any circumstances, go to Haverhill. You'll probably have your bike nicked. Heading North-East-ish kind of direction is Ely, which is also pretty nice. A couple of nice cafes and pubs there. 

The ride out to Dunwich/Southwold area is lovely - I've done it a few times.

wintertree - on 02 Mar 2019
In reply to nr:

> Do not, under any circumstances, go to Haverhill

Its not got better then?  30 years since I was last there...

yesbutnobutyesbut - on 02 Mar 2019
In reply to abr1966:

Wherever you aim for I’d suggest taking the busway cycle path out of Cambridge. Probably the best cycle path in the country.


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