Whether cycling is your thing, getting on your bike is a beautiful and healthy way to explore the British Isles. And if you’re concerned about the nation’s steep hills, why not cheat a bit by riding a proper leg-powered cycle. There are a lot of fantastic cycle routes to explore in the UK. Here are ten of them:
The Camel Trail, Cornwall
The Camel Trail, which is the most popular tourist cycle route in the UK, attracts 350,000 cyclists every year. It is a 17-mile route next to the River Camel from Poley’s Bridge to Padstow, through Bodmin and Wadebridge. It’s perfect for younger kids riding their bikes or sitting in trailers, and while riding both ways, you can just ride from Wadebridge to Padstow and back, a 12-mile round trip.
Hartington, Peak District
The village of Hartington gives easy access to three excellent old railway paths: the High Peak Trail (17.5 miles), the Tissington Trail (13 miles) and the Manifold Way (8.5 miles). In spite of the Peak District hills, cuttings and embankments keep these trails almost flat, though the High Peak is exposed in places. YHA Hartington Hall, a 17th -century manor house, is a nice place to stop for families, and Alton Towers theme park is nearby.
Mawddach Trail, North Wales
The Mawddach Estuary is very beautiful, with watercolor Welsh hills heaped up above a peaceful estuary. The trip from Barmouth to Dolgellau is about 11 miles each way, almost along an old railway path. If you Are here for a few days, the off-road trails of Coed y Brenin are nearby.
The Cuckoo Trail, Sussex
An 11-mile route is from Heathfield to Polegate, with an onward link to Eastbourne. It runs through farmland and woodland, with amazing sculptures On route. Once again, it follows the route of a dismantled railway, making it a good option for children on their own bikes.
Putney Bridge to Weybridge, London, and Surrey
Yes, touring in London. Escape the hurly-burly of the capital into peaceful greenery. This 18-mile route runs mostly on riverside paths alongside the Thames and takes in Richmond Park, too. If you want a shorter option, ride from Kingston Upon Thames, which is 9 miles from Weybridge.