Cycling and Walking

Shelland's rural location and mass of footpaths, bridleways and byways makes it perfect for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and dogwalkers. For an overview of paths in the area view the village map.


Shelland is conveniently located on the National Cycle Network route 51 which runs from Harwich to Oxford. From Shelland following the signed cycle route it is 4 miles to Stowmarket, 7 miles to Needham Market, 14 miles to Ipswich and 12 miles to Bury St Edmunds. The route runs through the center of the village. For more information visit the sustrans website here.

Nearby to Shelland is the recently opened Haughley New Street to Stowmarket cycle path. This 3 mile long traffic free path follows the route of the old A14. A map of the development can be seen here.

There are also bridleways, byways and cycle paths available for cyclists in the area. For an overview of paths in the area view the village map. Please remember that cycling on footpaths is forbidden.


Shelland is the perfect place to take a stroll in the countryside. It offers several footpaths with a range of views including arable land, woodland and the ancient village green.

Click here to view the village map which displays all footpaths, bridleways and byways in the village and the surrounding area.


With it's quiet traffic free lanes and paths Shelland is a popular location for horse riders. Whilst horses are welcome in the village it should be noted that riding on private land or footpaths is strictly forbidden. Look at the village map to see which paths you may ride on.