We were invited to stay at Toad Hall Lodges in Suffolk and from the moment we arrived we knew we wanted to make it a Moloko escape.
These luxury lodges tucked in the Suffolk countryside are incredibly cosy and the open outdoor kitchen offers a great view of the rural sunsets. In the evening, Gavin (the owner) sets up the fire pits to add to the atmosphere. He can also arrange locally sourced food hampers or catering for larger groups.
Toad Hall lodges is ideal for groups of cyclists with a secure place to lock bikes and the possibility to book supported rides with a free pick up service.
There is even a yoga studio to start the morning right or relax after a day on the bike, what else could you possibly need?
Here is a little write up about a great day of cycling and food.
85 km | 52.8 mi from Toad Hall Lodges feat. the river Waveney, Beccles, Bungay & Halesworth.
Rating > Intermediate
Terrain > Mostly flat countryside lanes
Elevation Gain > 350m | 1,148ft
Obviously we took the bikes with us and thanks to Gavin’s recommendation, we decided to theme our ride. We wanted to collect some typical Suffolk goods to make a nice post-ride lunch.
After around 30 km of lovely flat roads we get to our first stop in Bungay. This is a very nice village with many small independent shops and a very nice cafe, The Front Room. There we refuelled with cakes and coffees before purchasing our first lunch items, two sourdough baguettes. One in the frame bag, the other in Paul’s pocket. He got quickly annoyed though, and stopped at a shop to borrow some sellotape to fix it to his top tube...arty.
Next stop: Fen Farm. There we got into the Milk Shed to get some Baron Bigod, the cheese that everyone is raving about in the area. I had never seen a cheese vending machine before and I had a bit of a battle with it as it almost denied me my cheese. Anyway, now with my Baron Bigod in the jersey pocket we kept going. Cycling in Suffolk is super relaxing because it’s flat and quiet. We only had to stop at maybe 2 junctions, the rest was smooth and traffic free.
Last stop was Halesworth, where I could not resist a cardamom burrata with my oat flat white… we also found chutney for our feast. We wanted to get some fruits and veg too but were worried about crushing them (I had forgotten my bar bag so space was lacking…). Luckily, 5 minutes away from the lodges we passed by a farm that was offering free plums! Food sorted :)
Back at the lodges to enjoy our finds and already brainstorming about how to make the most of the area. Next time, we might bring gravel bikes to explore the trails of Dunwich Forest.
Sadly we could not ride the second route we planned on the next day (the coastal one) but you are welcome to try it and let us know your thoughts. Below are both GPX files and some shots of the amazing Pump Street bakery that we visited on the way home.
Thank you to Toad Hall Lodges for having us, we cannot wait to come back!
Check out Toad Hall Lodges website to find out more!
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