There’s no better way to celebrate the warmer months than planning a holiday on two wheels! From scenic coastal paths to mountainous terrain, here are our top travel picks for making the most of the sunny cycling season.
A loop around Montrose Basin navigates the most picturesque parts of the Angus countryside. The route is renowned for its bird populations, making it a treat for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.
Nearest Shop: Banchory Cycles
North East England
Durham’s Weardale Way takes cyclists through the best of Cumbria’s landscapes while leaving the tourist-heavy spots behind. Durham City gives way to moorland and woodland in this 74-mile route.
Nearest Shop: CJ Performance Cycles
North West England
The Lake District is routinely rated a top biking destination in the UK, and for good reason. Quiet hamlets and panoramic seaside views are a refreshing departure from busier tourist sites. The rocky Pennines pose a challenge to more adventurous riders.
Nearest Shop: Bays Bikes
Yorkshire and the Humber
Offering both steep climbs and leisurely trails, Dalby Forest is popular among casual riders and mountain bikers alike. Extreme cyclists can enjoy table top jumps and obstacles at Dixon’s Hollow Bike Park.
Nearest Shop: Grip Cycles
Steeped in history and natural beauty, it’s no wonder Nottinghamshire’s Clumber Park is consistently a top choice among bicyclists. Hectares of floral gardens and lakeside paths make it a haven for visitors in the warmer months.
Nearest Shop: The Bike Shop
Natural beaches and historic villages aplenty, the Suffolk Coast is not to be missed. Cycle through Woodbridge for a taste of the port town’s rich history. Move onward to the village of Waldringfield for views of the countryside and River Deben.
Nearest Shop: Moon’s Cycles
South West England
Composed of a disused railway line, Bath’s Two Tunnels Greenway gives a taste of both Georgian architecture and Somerset’s natural beauty. The Devonshire tunnel leads to a wooded valley far removed from the urban bustle. Complete with interactive light and sound installations, the Combe Down Tunnel is a must for cyclists as well.
Nearest Shop: Hare’s Cycle Works
South East England
Beginning at Deal railway station and ending at St. Margaret’s at Cliffe, the Kent Coast takes you past some of the area’s most notable landmarks. Walmer Castle and Deal Castle boast centuries of local history. The breathtaking coastal sights make this family-friendly route all the more worthwhile.
Nearest Shop: Biketart
Spanning 186 miles along St. George’s Channel, the renowned Pembrokeshire Coast Path covers limestone hills, glacial valleys and everything in between. A variety of landscapes ensures a route that suits your cycling abilities.
Nearest Shop: The Bike Hub
With more hours of sunlight than anywhere else in Britain, Jersey makes an ideal setting for a cycling holiday. A loop around the northern part of the island begins in St. John’s Village and moves clockwise, serving up sights of the stunning north coast and neighbouring islands.
The Loughshore Trail is situated alongside the River Maine with rolling green fields throughout. Pass over the historical Deerpark Bridge and onward to Clotworthy House, featuring some of the most historical preserved gardens in Northern Ireland.
Nearest Shop: Slane Cycles