Bank holidays are a fantastic way to spend three glorious days on your bike. If you don’t want to travel too far but still have a taste for adventure, there are plenty of stunning spots to explore here in good old Brittania. We recommend factoring in a few pub and photo stops along the way. Here are five UK routes to wet your appetite.
This is an iconic 130-mile journey that takes you through the Lake District, the Pennines and County Durham. To really enjoy the scenery, it’s a good idea to break it into two chunks and spend the evening at a B&B in one of the quaint villages en route.
There is plenty of English history to soak up as you pass through the literary inspiration of Wordsworth, Keats and Beatrix Potter in Cumbria and onto the industrial heritage of the North of England. Tradition dictates that you must dip your back wheel into both the Irish and the North seas at either end.
This is a perfect day trip of around 60 miles for the city dweller that fancies an escape. Make sure you save some legs for the mighty Ditchling Beacon, six miles from your arrival in Brighton which is a lung-busting climb up to some magnificent views of the South Downs. Fish and chips and ice cream will be waiting for you on Brighton Pier.
If you fancy heading to the Highlands for the weekend, there are plenty of beautiful routes. Bealach na Bà is a historic pass through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula and the winding, single-track mountain road. The Bealach, the UK’s biggest road climb at 2053ft (626m). This will take you from sea level to the summit in six miles and you will need your lungs.
Northern Ireland has one of the most rugged and powerful coastlines in the UK and cycling along it will provide a scenic and inspiring trip. This dramatic route will lead you past some beautiful sites like the ruins of Dunluce Castle and famed natural phenomenon, the Giants Causeway which is a spectacular hexagonal cluster of rock brimming with myth and legend.
Wales has some impressive cycling spots and if you’re heading that way for the Bank Holiday it’s worth checking out the Great Orme that gives you views out over Puffin Island, Anglesey, Snowdonia and Conwy.
On this route you are flanked by the stunning coastline to one side and lush Welsh countryside to the other.
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