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The 9 Best Cycling Routes In The UK

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Cycling is an amazing form of cardio exercise, working key muscle groups in your legs and arms, but it’s also an activity which opens up many opportunities for travel and adventure. Many avid bikers partake in cycling holidays for this reason; we think it’s one of the best ways to see a country with the ease of stopping, starting and constantly being encompassed by your surroundings.

It’s also great to get out in the open! Check out our blog post outlining why you should exercise outside.

So, if you’re stuck for holiday ideas that are cheap and cheerful then cycling holidays may be the one for you! We’ve listed our favourite cycling routes in the UK so you too can pair exercise and adventure through the medium of cycling!

Isle of Arran, Scotland

Best for: path and road cycling

The Arran Circular in Scotland is a hugely popular route due to its neat round circuit which skirts the border of this beautiful isle lying just off the coast of Kilmarnock. Full of stunning ocean scenes set to beautiful mountain ranges; the Isle of Arran is truly a fantastic place to glide through on two wheels.

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Best for: road biking + mountain biking

Populated with family-friendly routes as well as the more advanced, this ride is illustrated by the beautiful Forest of Dean which is particularly beautiful in springtime when the bluebell flowers are in full bloom. The Forest of Dean is interlinked with the Wye Valley which holds many attractions and nature spots such as the New Fancy viewpoint which provides visitors with a sparse view over the forest treetops.

Pen y Pass and Llanberis Pass, Wales

Best for: mountain biking

The routes set in the stunning Snowdonia mountains are not for the faint-hearted with their steep gradients and challenging terrain. This demand, however, is hugely paid off with the stunning and varying views from the mountain tops including forests, crystal blue bodies of water and rolling hills. TREK Bars are designed to accompany you on these sorts of escapades with their slow release energy ingredients that keep you going on your adventures. Check out our new TREK Chunks, perfect for on the go as you can have a few chunks and pop them back in your pocket for interval fuelling.

Jurassic Coast, Devon

Best for: path and road cycling

This route skirts around the brim of the Devonshire coast, an ideal location if you enjoy stunning coastal views and beaches. Also illustrating this coastal ride is the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which neighbours the coast, it goes without saying but this is a beautiful place to set your wheels down.  

Bath Two Tunnels Circuit, Somerset

Best for: path and road cycling

Set in the scenic surroundings of Linear Park just South of Bath, this route formed on top of an old disused railway line is a truly unique experience. A wealth of terrains pop up along the way including the Combe Down tunnel (the longest cycling tunnel in the UK) and the heights of the tucking mill viaduct. An awesome spot for something a little different!

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Best for: path and road cycling

Another beautiful coastal escapade set in Northern Ireland. This cycle path joins Castlerock to Giant’s Causeway, with the North Atlantic and medieval ruins in your sights – the ride provides awe-inspiring views along the way.

Glencoe, Scotland

Best for: mountain biking, path and road cycling 

Scotland is home to a variation of cycling trails ranging from the more casual to the advanced. Whatever path you decide to go down, beautiful views are guaranteed particularly in the cinematic rolling hills of Glencoe. For those looking for the challenge, Glencoe Mountain Resort is the place for you – this is a fantastic mountain biking range with gnarly downhill, cross country and road routes.

Surrey Hills, England

Best for: path and road cycling

In this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there are a number of cycling paths and mountain biking trails through Chiddingfold Forest. Follow in Bradley Wiggins’ wheels around those winding hairpin turns in the Box Hill area which were home to the long-distance cycling events in the London 2012 Olympic Games!

Lake District, Cumbria

Best for: mountain biking, path and road cycling 

Keswick in the Lake District is a popular cycling destination. A charming winding route lies in between the trees of Whinlatter Forest, whilst other routes such as the Borrowdale Bash takes you into off-the-beaten track territory around the stunning lakes and country lanes.

So there you have it, plenty of places to consider and explore on your next adventure! Check out our blog post on why cycling is great for the mind and body.

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