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Best cycling routes in the UK (part 2)

Taff Trail, South Wales

This is a 55-mile largely traffic-free route from the center of Cardiff up to Brecon, passing Pontypridd and Merthyr Tydfil on the way. You don’t need to cycle both ways because the Brecon Bike Bus connects Cardiff and Brecon on Sundays between May and August. Sustrans’ Lon Las Cymru South map covers the Taff Trail and more.

Bealach Na Ba Circuit, North West Scotland

Explore the Applecross Penninsula, which is simply across the ocean from Skye. Cycle clockwise from Shieldaig, taking in Britain’s most spectacular road and only alpine style climb – that you’ll need very low gears. The 43-mile circuit might be wiped out each day by fit families with tandems or teenagers, otherwise you could camp or B&B in Applecross.

The South Downs Way, Southern England

A 100-mile off-road chalk hills trail between Winchester and Beachy Head. It’s not technically demanding in mountain biking terms but it does require an honest level of fitness to try to to the entire thing. Allow three or four days, or simply do bits of it.

Land’s End to John o’ Groats

Land’s End to John o’ Groats

Ok this is not for beginners, but it gives you something to aim for and you’ll roll in the hay in small sections because it is Britain’s ultimate big ride. Most of the people take three weeks to cycle a scenic 1,000-mile route from the tip of Cornwall to the highest of Scotland, covering around 50 miles each day. Children as young as nine have ridden this on their own bikes, but it’ll be easier with tandems, or older children. Cycling UK have an End to finish information pack, which is out there liberal to members and there’s a superb Land’s End to John o’Groats section on the Cycling UK Forum, it’s full of advice from many cyclists who have cycled the top to finish and may be a excellent spot to ask questions.

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UK's cycling routes

Best cycling routes in the UK (part 1)

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.