If there is a better place to cycle than Great Britain, we haven’t heard of it. (That includes you, France.) Come ride tracks, trails and back roads that have earned local fame for rugged terrain, sea views, charming scenery, and peace and quiet.
Isle of Arran | Scotland
The landscape is tough and rugged, but mountain biking trails here range from short and simple to technical runs through Arran’s high mountains. There are some road routes, too, where you don’t have to break a sweat to enjoy the scenery.
Hamsterley Forest | Durham, North East England
With over 2,000 hectares of forest and more than 33 miles of forest trails to explore, Hamsterley Forest is a prime mountain–biking destination in the northeast.
The Cinder Track | Yorkshire and the Humber
Stretching up the coast from Scarborough to Whitby, the 21–mile–long Cinder Track is perfect for a bike trip. Pack a picnic and take in the incredible sea views, visit some secret coves and pop into a couple of the historical sights you’ll come across along the way.
Windermere | Lake District, North West England
If you’re up for easy and lovely, go from Kendal to the town of Windermere. The 11.5–mile ride takes you through the Lake District National Park on undulating country lanes and cycle paths, with gorgeous views of the River Kent at the start and stunning views at the finish on the banks of Lake Windermere.
The Monsal Trail | Peak District, East Midlands
At a leisurely 8.5 miles, this traffic–free route runs through the heart of the Peak District, with gorgeous forest views. For more demanding routes in the region, mountain–biking trails include Tissington and the High Peak Trails.
The Greenway Trail | Stratford–upon–Avon, West Midlands
The 16th century birthplace of Shakespeare is also the start of the Greenway trail. This 17–mile route winds through historic villages across the Warwickshire countryside.
Marston Vale | East England
Marston Vale offers two fully surfaced 2–mile loops running through forest and lakeside in a park that’s also a wild birding hot spot.
Elan Valley Trail | Wales
This 18–mile round–trip runs through rolling hills, climbing steadily from the northern end of Garreg Ddu Reservoir, providing stunning views of the surrounding valleys, and finishing at Craig Goch Dam.
Forest of Dean | Gloucestershire, South West England
Cycle here in springtime and summer and you’ll be greeted with glorious blue skies and blankets of colored flowers. Terrain varies dramatically, ranging from completely flat to near vertical in places, but it’s possible to pick your spots.
Tudor Trail | Kent, South East England
Running from the spectacular Tonbridge Castle to Penshurst Place, the Tudor Trail is mostly off–road, taking you along the River Medway from the 11th century castle through woods to the fortified medieval manor house at Penshurst Place.
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