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Best cycling routes of 2021

Jun 7, 2021
Best cycling routes of 2021

As Covid restrictions ease and getting out and about gets easier, why not consider checking out the beautiful cycle trails the UK has to offer. Whether you are going on a staycation this year or want to get out and explore your area more, we’ve got a great list of rides for you.

Kicking off in the South West, the Camel Trail in Cornwall is a great cycle for the family. Starting in Padstow and following a disused railway line, this 17 mile ride is perfect for taking the kids and spotting wildlife. This fairly flat route passes through Wadebridge and finishes in Bodmin and is popular among runners, cyclists and walkers.

Moving up the country a little, the Bristol-Bath Railway path has beautiful views of rural Somerset and green fields yet has a sense of secrecy as you pass through tunnels and canopies. Although not the shortest route between the two cities, this route is far more pleasant and has a variety of views from the beauty of central Bath to views of rural Gloucester.

If you’re looking for a city ride in London, the Olympic Park to Epping Forest route could be good for you. This 25km ride is of medium difficulty and takes you up the River Lea past lakes, house boats and locks. Make sure to bring spare clothes on this path as you’ll be getting muddy and dodging branches on this leaf-covered ride.

Heading into Wales, the Stwlan Dam Climb is one of the most stunning in the country. Taking roughly 5.5 hours to complete, this mainly paved ride is built for those with good levels of fitness. At the top of the climb, there are sweeping views of North Wales with numerous places to stop and enjoy the view.

 

The Lake District loop is another stunning loop this time in the north of England, which combines winding roads with dramatic landscapes. The 40-mile loop has some tough climbs but pays off with some beautiful views and scenery. But remember to bring a good puncture repair kit because there are a lot of potholes on the quieter roads! Starting at Broughton-in-Furness, this route passes through Seathwaite and Coniston Water where you can get some great shots of the 5-mile lake.

Heading up north to the Outer Hebrides, the Hebridean cycle route is one of the most diverse in Scotland. Combining sandy beaches with rocky cliffs, moorland and stone megaliths, this cycle route really has it all. On this 185-mile route, you will need to hop on a couple of ferries between the islands and stopover in a few of the towns along the way. This route is perfect for cycling holidays as on average it takes 6 days to complete. Most of the route is on road, however if you want to stop off at some of the beaches, you’ll be heading off-road so prepare to get sandy! This route starts at Vetersay in the south of the Outer Hebrides and heads north finishing at the Butt of Lewis, travelling the full length of the island group. Most of this route is fairly flat following the coast along however, make sure you bring at least 6 days of supplies as this route is a slow burner.

Although this list of trails and loops is far from exhausted, we have selected our favourites from across the UK. There are a range of trails locations from the North to the South and East to the West, so check out your closest and get riding!