Environment, Health

Places to Go Cycling from Beginners to Experts

Cycling is a great way to see some incredible places throughout the UK. It’s great for your health and for the environment, too. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your bike and get exploring.

1.    Camel Trail, Cornwall (England)

The Camel Trail in Cornwall is the perfect beginner’s cycling course, it’s great for all ages, so the whole family can enjoy a day of carefree cycling and at the same time take in some of the stunning scenery in this popular tourist county.

You can start your adventure from Bodmin and cycle the complete 19km to Padstow, topping off your journey with fish and chips by the sea or you could start in Padstow and finish in Bodmin. However, many people also enjoy starting their journey in Wadebridge and Cycling to Padstow, soaking up the sun and atmosphere here before returning to Wadebridge later in the day. The route is mostly traffic free and follows the route of an old and disused railway line and there’s plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

2.    Hadrian’s Cycleway, Cumbria (England)

Hadrian’s Cycleway is a whopping 170-mile route that takes in both coast and countryside as well as a trip through Britain’s history. On your way, you’ll come across Roman forts, pretty market towns and, of course, Hadrian’s wall itself. The course takes roughly 3 days to complete but if you want to take in some of the towns and the scenery then you’ll need to allow longer. You’ll need to plan your time wisely and make sure you’re suitably equipped before beginning your journey.

3.    Box Hill Olympic Circuit, Surrey (England)

You’ve probably heard of this one, particularly if you were gripped to the TV during the London 2012 Olympic Games but it’s not for the faint hearted. The cycle route is a test of stamina and strength as the road meanders 2.5km uphill but you will be rewarded with beautiful views over the River Mole when you reach the top.

You can refresh yourself with a light lunch at the café in the Box Hill Centre at the top of the hill or a well-deserved pint at The Stepping Stones pub when you’ve finished.

4.    Applecross via Bealach na Bà (Scotland)

This is the toughest but arguably the most beautiful scenic cycle route in the UK but it’s not easy. The route is 70km long and the road has been voted one of the world’s best. It takes in much of the landscape that Scotland has to offer including coasts and mountains but it’s the ascent to Bealach na Bà that’s the biggest highlight. The climb is a total of 9km and ascends 626 metres, (we told you it wasn’t for the faint-hearted) and has been compared to the mountainous parts of cycle races such as The Tour De France. But if you’re keen, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views across the Isle of Skye.

Whether you’re looking for a gentle family cycle ride or a real challenge, the UK has plenty of cycle routes to choose from, all with spectacular scenery and views. Always remember to check and plan your routes before you leave, there are plenty of online resources to help you. You’ll also need to make sure you have all the right equipment including the correct bike for the terrain as well as suitable clothing and supplies. The Clim8 range is perfect for cycling adventure. Simply clip to your backpack or pack into your bike panniers for instant refreshment.

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