Taking the time to get out on your bike is such a rewarding way to get fit. It’s free, works up a serious appetite, and you’ll no doubt see lots of beautiful scenery along the way. You don’t necessarily need a top of the range road or mountain bike, either. We’ve put together 10 of our favourite picks for bike rides across the UK.
The north Norfolk coast is a haven for UK tourists, with a huge variety of beaches and cliffs to explore. The weather there can be glorious, especially around this time of year, and with major spotting points along the whole coastline, you can drop in and drop out whenever and wherever you like.
Not the mountain itself, but around the south side, the cycling is fantastic. Epic views and lots of open road for you to build speed on. A great one for road bikers.
The Lake District
Not just great for walking. If you’re considering a weekend getaway, strap the bikes to the car and head off for the many woodlands around the Lakes.
Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route
The Yorkshire Wolds offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country, with sweeping green expanses to be enjoyed. The Wolds route is a long distance ride, but totally worth it if that’s what you’re after.
A popular cycling route for amateur and professional bikers alike, the Pennines are a great place to spend a weekend, tearing up and down the challenging hill roads. There’s a lot of variety here, so you can choose how challenging you’d like your ride to be.
The Fens are located between Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, and are mostly flat, with miles and miles of open countryside to marvel at. Try the Cambridge To Ely route if you live around the area; it won’t take you too long.
If you can make the trip up there, if you have the time (and the courage) to take on some of the most rugged and epic scenery and roads in the UK, the north of Scotland will provide you with a ride to remember. If you’re going anywhere particularly remote, go as a group, not alone.
The UK’s southern tip is brilliant for surfing, but also for cycling. Providing you don’t come up against too many angry head winds, taking in the scenery, the cliffs, and the sights and sound of the surf, Cornwall is a beautiful place to ride around.
Looking like the wilds of Canada in certain select places, parts of the border’s woodland and lakes are absolutely gorgeous for cycling. Stay somewhere nearby, turn off your phone for a while, and enjoy the great outdoors.
Another area famous for being walker-friendly, but the Cotswolds are great for cycling, as well. Take in some fine English heritage, green hills and stony cottages along winding, undulating hills and valleys.