10 Cycling Routes to Try in 2022
Spring is finally here and this means that the UK’s glorious countryside is back open and the various cycling routes that it provides. There are so many different paths and ranges across all 4 countries in the UK that it can be hard to locate the best routes that will best suit you and your cycling style. These can vary from mountain bike trails to long distance endurance challenges, some going over 200 miles!
We’ve decided to pool together a list of the different cycling routes with a nice variety as well as covering a large range of different locations across the UK. If you’re looking for something to challenge yourself or just want a new cycling experience, we hope this list of the best cycling routes in the UK will help you.
King Alfred’s Way (South-West England)
Route Distance : 350 KM
One of the newest and longest routes on the list having been founded in 2020, King Alfred’s Way is quite a nice journey for a seasoned rider with a good mixture of gravel paths, woodland areas and a few steep climbs. While it can be a tricky course for a new rider, most with decent stamina and fitness should be fine if taking the route at their own pace. With various stop-off points in local towns and villages such as Salisbury and Farnham, it gives a good opportunity to see some local sites, having a nice break and introduce yourself to the world of long distance cycling.
Bay Trail (Cardiff)
Route distance : 10 KM
Cardiff is home to many different walk and cycle routes that provide a chance to check out the city and its surroundings. Mostly made up of paved paths, it is a nice leisurely path that offers many different cafes and restaurants to make a nice day of it and makes it ideal for families.
Great Western Way (Bristol to London)
Route Distance : 268 KM
Another longer distance cycling route, the Great Western Way travels from Bristol to London but is a mostly flat cycle route with a majority of it being paved. It’s a nice, peaceful bike ride for the most part with plenty of opportunity to take in the sites, stunning views and tourist attractions that make up that charming slice of British countryside. While technically achievable in a day, it’s probably best suited to a long weekend or week holiday, giving you time to rest and enjoy yourself along the way.
The Speyside Way (Scottish Highlands)
Route Distance : 137 KM
Scotland is home to some of the most diverse cycle routes in the world with different types of environments and paths. The Speyside Way is no exception with coastal, forest and moorland environments throughout the weaving route. Difficulty is varied throughout the route with the course designed so that you can tackle areas at your own pace and tackle certain bits of the path without having to do all of it which makes it ideal for a day break or a beginner’s route.
Ancient Sherwood Cycle Route (Nottingham)
Route Distance : 32 KM
If you’re looking for something a bit more laidback and designed for families, the Ancient Sherwood Cycle Route is an ideal day of cycling fun. Aimed to take about a day when factoring in enjoying the sights, it’s a consistently maintained route with little that would challenge most riders. Most of the terrain is flat with a few inclines that shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Sherwood Forest is a beautiful area in the midlands as is Clumber Park which the path leads into. For a more casual ride, you’ll find few better than this route.
Cotgrave Canal and Country Park (Cotgrave and Nottingham)
Route Distance : 6 KM
A short and sweet cycle route that packs a lot into a short distance. Woodland, wetland, lakes and grassland areas are across the path with Grantham Canal running through. This allows for a scenic and enjoyable ride that provides a lot of different experiences without being much of a time investment.
Tissington Trail (Peak District)
Route Distance : 15 KM
The peak district is a beautiful area, home to some of the UK’s most picturesque sights and some of it’s best routes for both walkers and cyclists. The Tissington trail is a prime example of this. A family centred route, it’s traffic free and is mostly flat terrain, providing a nice, quick route that can be completed in a few hours. Take your time and enjoy the views and sounds of the local area.
Ladybower Loop (Peak District)
Route Distance : 25 KM
Mountain routes are abundant in the UK but it can sometimes be hard to find a middle ground between difficult routes that require a lot of experience and fitness and beginner’s routes that don’t offer much challenge. Ladybower Loop provides a decent medium in that it’s quite short but has a nice mix of path styles and a decent ascent of 2,500 ft. The local inn provides a good chance for refreshment and the local sights provide a good reward for pushing through the route.
Whitemoor Trail (Delamere Forest)
Route Distance : 11 KM
Another forest cycle route, the whitemoor trail provides a nice opportunity to engage in nature and different activities while also engaging with a route that has woodland and forest areas. A mostly secluded and quiet area, it provides a nice spot for families to get together and provides a good picnic opportunity.
Devon Coast to Coast (Ilfracombe to Plymouth)
Route Distance : 159 KM
Another longer distance journey, the coast to coast route provides plenty of opportunities to drop in and out as well as allocating lower experience riders with traffic free areas and flat terrain. This is combined with gorgeous sites and areas to explore, this route is expansive and perfect for a long journey or week holiday. Plenty of bridge crossings and coastal roads provide a good mix of activities and things to try so it’s an enjoyable experience that offers a great adventure.
Cycle routes make such a great exercise and activity and we hope this list helped to showcase the diversity and depth of the cycle paths in the UK. From short picnic spots to endurance challenges to mountain biking, the UK has it all and it’s up to you to get out there and explore it. Take the challenge and create new memories this weekend!
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Also, if you’d like to get more involved in the cycling world, why not check out the National Cycling Show? The National Cycling Show is an immersive retail experience enabling consumers to try and buy everything from bikes to accessories. They want to encourage people to try new things and experience all that cycling has to offer while also making sure that cycling is accessible to everyone. With guest speakers such as mountain biking brothers The Athertons and gold medal icon Sir Chris Hoy, there’s something for all and plenty to explore and discover. Find out more here : https://nationalcyclingshow.com/