Five of the Best Places to Cycle in the UK

If you're fed up with fly and flop holidays and are seeking a new sense of adventure, then a cycling holiday could be just the thing for you.  Cycling is a fantastic way to discover and experience the area you are visiting, not to mention the benefit of the exercise. So, instead of coming home tanned from your holiday, you are fit and toned.

The best thing is: you don't need to go far to find a great cycling route.  The UK offers a number of safe and scenic routes for cyclists.

Coniston Water - flckr - robbie_shadeConiston Water
Coniston Water is the third largest lake in the Lake District.  Adults and children alike will be able to merrily tackle the gentle cycle route around the lake whilst enjoying the stunning views of the Langdale Pikes and The Old Man of Coniston.

For more seasoned cyclists, Grizedale Forest offers a more challenging trail. You can try the North Face Trail which boasts an adrenaline pumping route. You'll ride through meadows, jump over berms, cycle uphill and freewheel downhill. Not to mention tricky curves to navigate. 

You can download a Coniston Cycle map from the National Trust website:


Spring colours - flckr - saras2ukForest of Dean and the Wye Valley
At Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, families can cycle through 27 acres of woodlands, which in early spring are carpeted in snow drops. 

If you are an experienced cyclist you can follow the Forest of Dean Cycling Association trail.  The CTC classification of cycle trails has graded this trail RED. It offers tricky switchbacks, hairpin bends and rooty drops. Warning: this trail is for experienced cyclists only with off-road quality bikes. 

The forestry commission website offers more information on the Forest of Dean cycle track.  You can also visit its official website: to find out more about the area.

Mendip Hills

Whether you want wooded copses or exposed moorland, off-road trails or gentle tracks, Mendip Hills in Somerset will have a cycle trail that suits your abilities. The area offers cyclists 80 different trails to try out. 

Mendip Hills also offers one of the best off-road cycling trails in the west of England.  You can visit to find out more information about the area. 

There are also a number of cycling clubs you can check out for trail information. offer information regarding cycling routes and trail condition.


Seaside Cycling - flckr - TabsinthNorfolk Coast Cycleway
The Norfolk coastline is flat and offers a gentle cycling route even for inexperienced cyclist, including young children.

The Norfolk Coast Cycleway is a network of quiet country lanes and bridleways that offer stunning and varied landscapes. The trails are not too far away from a village pub, shop or cafe. Therefore, you don't have to worry about carrying provisions with you, especially if you have young children. If leisure cycling is your thing, then the Norfolk Coast is ideal for you. Visit to find out more about the area.

Tom on the South Downs - flckr - Handolio

South Downs
The South Downs National Park offers you fresh air, open spaces, stunning views and easy trails so you can simply enjoy your ride. There are three popular cycling trails to try out. 

The Centurion way is a 1.5 km trail that runs from Chichester and West Dean Estate. The trail is also suitable for mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs.

The Dyke Railway Trail is a 2 km trail that follows the route of what was used to be the old branch line of the Dyke Railway. Riding along this trail, you will enjoy the views of the farmland, downland and the sea.  The trail surface is hard and there are no steep slopes or steps to worry about. Therefore it is most suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

The Seven Sister Country Park trail is probably the best of the three trails. It is named after the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. The trail is 4km round trip. It leads you from the valley floor down to the shingle beach and to the mouth of the River Cuckmere. If you follow this trail, you will see the stunning views of Cuckmere Meanders and Seaford Head.  You can round off your ride with a nice cup of tea and homemade cakes at the Exceat Farmhouse Restaurant near the visitor centre. The restaurant also serves delicious homemade hot lunches. To find out more about the South Downs, you can visit its official website:


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Blog Comments

22nd August 2011 Thomas Abbs wrote:

Thank you for linking my picture for Norfolk Cycle rides back to my Flickr page. Very much appreciated.

No problem, it was a great picture, you have some lovely shots on flickr - bookcottages.


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