Cycling in Ipswich
Ipswich is a great place to cycle, and now there are even more opportunities to get out and about on your bike in the area.
Find out more about rides coming up in Ipswich here, and see the tabs below for other cycling opportunities.
Guided bike rides
Organised rides supported by British Cycling Ride Leaders
Buddy bike rides
Rides organised by our social network for cyclists
See what others are doing
Paul has booked onto the ride "Pedal Power Social Ride"Find out more now 13 hours ago
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Micheal has booked onto the ride "Coddenham Caper"Find out more now 1 days ago
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Stephanie has created the ride "The Orwell Cycle"Find out more now 2 days ago
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sorrel has booked onto the ride "Hadleigh Cycling Club Famil...Find out more now 3 days ago
Martin has booked onto the ride "Pedal Power Social Ride"Find out more now 3 days ago
darren has booked 1 friend onto the ride "A Ride to Enjoy Ch...Find out more now 3 days ago
Simon has created the ride "Hadleigh Cycling Club Family rid...Find out more now 4 days ago
Simon has joined the group "Ipswich Social Cycling Group"Find a group now 4 days ago
mark has booked onto the ride "Pedal Power Social Ride"Find out more now 4 days ago
Darrin has booked onto the ride "Alton Water 360!"Find out more now 6 days ago
jane has booked onto the ride "Alton Water 360!"Find out more now 7 days ago
Alex has booked onto the ride "Over and Out to Martlesham Co...Find out more now 9 days ago
Trudi has joined the group "Woodbridge and Ipswich Group"Find a group now 9 days ago
British Cycling can help you to find a club that’s right for you. Use the club finder link to find a club near you. There are some great cycling clubs in Ipswich who will be happy for you to come along and ride with them, including:
Ipswich is a city with a strong cycling tradition and a well developed network of local, regional and national cycle routes, making it a great place to cycle to work.
Cycle route provision
Ipswich is at the intersection of National Cycle Network (NCN) routes 1 and 51. From the south west, NCN1 links Ipswich with Hadleigh and beyond, using a combination of minor roads and traffic free paths. NCN1 goes right into the centre of Ipswich, crossing the River Gipping on Bridge Street. From the city centre heading east, NCN1 passes along Rope Walk, past Alexandra Park, continuing through the eastern suburbs before splitting in two, with a traffic-free option through Rushmere Common.
NCN Route 51 enters the city from Great Blakenham in the north, roughly following the path of the River Gipping. The route crosses the city centre before continuing south east through Gainsborough and Ravenswood on its way to Felixstowe.
Regional Route 48 encircles the northern half of the city linking smaller outlying villages such as Flowton, Elmsett and Tuddenham St Martin.
Elsewhere a network of local cycle routes provide cyclists with ways into the city centre, avoiding the main Bramford and Norwich Roads. Local Route 12, for example, uses the Bridle Way of Christchurch Park for a traffic-free route into the city from the north.
The Ipswich Cycle Map also shows a whole network of suggested cycle routes and other cycling amenities.
To aid cyclists wishing to access the city centre, Ipswich Borough Council has introduced the Safer Cycling Scheme which allows cyclists to pedal across the town centre from both directions. The scheme is operational between 4.30pm and 10.30am every day. It covers Carr Street, Tavern Street, The Cornhill, Westgate Street and the pedestrianised section of Princes Street.
Sheffield-style cycle parking stands are located at the following points in Ipswich city centre:
- Buttermarket / Upper Brook Street
- Crown Pools (adjacent to William Street Short Stay Pay and Display car park)
- Elm Street (beside the Police Station)
- Lloyds Avenue (at the bottom of the hill)
- Old Cattle Market (at the end of the bus station)
- Old Foundry Road
- Orwell Place (outside Church)
- Princes Street (adjacent to Giles statue area)
- Providence Street;Queen Street
- Rail Station
- St Peters Street;Tacket Street (adjacent to NCP car park entrance)
- Tower Ramparts
- Tower Street
- Upper Barclay Street Short Stay Pay and Display car park
- Westgate Street
The Ipswich Cycle Map shows more detail on parking locations.
Cycling and trains
Ipswich mainline railway station has 16 cycle lockers on platform 1 and 2, plus 85 spaces in the cycle compound by the car park. Full details are available here.
If you’re thinking of taking your bike on the train, check with the individual train operator policies here.
Elmy Cycles on St. Helen’s Street is the city’s main independent bike shop. There are also branches of Halfords in Warren Heath and the Suffolk Retail Park.
Don’t leave home without...
Suffolk County Council’s Ipswich Cycle Map shows routes, safe crossing points, parking and bike shop locations in the city. Download it here.
Cycle Ipswich Campaign
Cycle Ipswich is a voluntary organisation that campaigns to improve the cycling experience in Ipswich and the surrounding area. Through campaign work they aim to promote cycling in Ipswich, change public infrastructure to support cycling, act as a consultation body for cycle policy and provide a forum for open discussion on all things cycling in Ipswich.
The Green Bike Project
Started by local charity, Orwell Mencap; The Green Bike Project rescues and repairs unwanted bikes. They take in old, unwanted bicycles and go about fixing them up with help from volunteers and service-users. Based in Holywells Park in Ipswich, the project provides training, life skills and work-based experience for people with learning disabilities.
Ipswich is well served by a range of bike training providers, including:
Pink Sky Cycling
Contact: Noelle Peacock
Where to ride
Ipswich is a great place to cycle. It’s located in the driest area of the country and is well served by a substantial network of bike paths across the town. British Cycling works with Ipswich Borough Council to promote a range of opportunities for people to get involved with cycling whatever their age and ability.
From fenland, broadland and forests in Norfolk to Suffolk heathlands and dramatic coasts, East Anglia has it all. The region's waterways and ancient routes offer the perfect sanctuary for cyclists, while Thetford Forest has trails for everyone from beginner to expert. Find out more.