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CTC Cambridge
Route
Suffolk Essex 
Route  Suffolk Essex 

Stradishall, Lavenham, and Ashdon (142km) (88mi)

Start: Brookside
Author: Alex

A classic all-day summer ride into Suffolk to visit the picturesque village of Lavenham.

A direct route from Cambridge to Stradishall for coffee, then quiet lanes to Lavenham for lunch. Return via Long Melford and Ridgewell to Ashdon for tea. Then back to Cambridge via Bartlow and Balsham, with a long descent to Fulbourn.

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This route is in the following route collections:
Stradishall circuits
Longer all-day summer rides
Elevation gained: 915m over 142km 88mi.
Steepness:
Distance covered at each grade:
<1%: 118km/73mi
1%-3%: 17km/11mi
3%-6%: 6km/4mi
6%-9%: 0.8km/0.5mi
9%-12%: 0.03km/0.02mi
This route passes through Cambridge (0km/0mi), Fen Ditton (5km/3mi), Cambridge (5km/3mi), Quy Waters (7km/5mi), Stow cum Quy (9km/6mi), Little Wilbraham (13km/8mi), Six Mile Bottom (16km/10mi), Brinkley (22km/14mi), Great Bradley (26km/16mi), Little Thurlow (29km/18mi), Little Thurlow Green (30km/18mi), Cock and End (35km/22mi), Farley Green (36km/22mi), Wickhambrook (38km/23mi), Attleton Green (38km/24mi), Wickhambrook (39km/24mi), Ashfield Green (40km/25mi), Hargrave (44km/28mi), Chevington (46km/28mi), Whepstead (51km/32mi), Lawshall (57km/35mi), Audley End (58km/36mi), Shimpling (61km/38mi), Bridge Street (64km/40mi), Lavenham (67km/42mi), Long Melford (75km/47mi), Liston (77km/48mi), Foxearth (80km/50mi), Pentlow (83km/51mi), Clare (88km/55mi), Stoke-by-Clare (91km/57mi), Ashen (92km/57mi), Ridgewell (94km/58mi), Wesley End (96km/60mi), Stambourne (97km/60mi), Steeple Bumpstead (102km/63mi), Helions Bumpstead (106km/66mi), Camps End (111km/69mi), Steventon End (113km/70mi), Ashdon (115km/71mi), Bartlow (117km/73mi), Balsham (124km/77mi), Fulbourn (133km/83mi) and Cambridge (136km/85mi).
This route passes within about 1kmhalf a mile of the following possible refreshment stops: Stradishall, Cafe 33 (33km/21mi), Clare, Platform One Cafe (88km/54mi), Ashdon, Village Museum (114km/71mi) and Balsham, The Old Butchers Cafe (124km/77mi).

We welcome corrections and updates.