5 Beautiful UK cycling routes over 100 miles!
Are you looking to go further on your bike rides? Do you want to see more of the UK countryside? Well, we have 5 incredible cycling routes for anyone who is addicted to cycling and just wants to push themselves a bit harder, while also having the pleasure of seeing beautiful, historic landmarks and stunning scenery!
The Yorkshire Wolds cycle route is a beautiful 146 miles that takes you pass some wonderful towns, peaceful villages and fantastic coast lines.
A great stop off point to absorb some culture and history is the small medieval town of Beverly. It’s Wednesday and Saturday markets date back to the 12th century. The Beverly Minister parish church is viewed as one of the best example of English gothic architecture and the town has several art galleries and museums. The Beverly Art gallery is in the heart of the town and is a purpose built Edwardian Art Gallery.
The award-winning town of Malton, has been named the food capital of Yorkshire. With several restaurants and cafes, a monthly food market, and a yearly food festival, it is an idyllic destination to spend the night and have a delicious, well-earned meal.
The Bempton White Cliffs, are home to many different seabirds including Puffins, Razorbirds and Guillemots, which can be enjoyed at the RSPB's Seabird Centre. The cliffs also provide spectacular views that make this cycling route even more beautiful.
A coast to coast route that covers 170 miles of the Lune Valley, Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale, and the Yorkshire Wolds. Though it is a challenging trail, it is very rewarding as it has some fantastic tourist attractions and beautiful scenery.
Lancaster Castle offers both private and open guided tours. It has a long history that goes back to the roman times and includes the Lancaster Witch Trials and over 200 executions, making it a fascinating part of the route.
The Great Stone of Fourstones is a boulder, that was deposited at the end of the ice age. It sits on the moorland of Tatham Fells. There is a local myth that the devil dropped it while traveling to create Devil's Bridge nearby Kirkby Lonsdale. Carved steps into the boulder, allow you to climb to the top, where the view reaches as far as Inglebourgh.
The Cornish Way is 180 miles, it starts at the very bottom of the beautiful county of Cornwall in Land’s End and finishes at the top in Bude. This cycle route has two options once you reach Truro.
The first is the scenic coastal route that passes through Mevagissey and St Austell. Mevagissy is a fishing village with a twin harbour, the nearby and enigmatic Lost Gardens of Heligan makes a great resting point along your route. The Eden Project, just outside St Austell, is an ecological project, that has two biomes that act as a greenhouse for the world’s largest indoor rainforest, and a Mediterranean garden.
The second route goes inland across Cornwall to its Northern side. It goes to Newquay which is one of Britain’s most popular towns for surfing, then to St Columb Major, and Padstow, Padstow is a fishing village with a picturesque harbour that is home to Rick Steins very popular seafood restaurant.
This trail from Newcastle to Edinburgh is 200 miles, and lives up to its name. It passes by the coast to the North Sea and many historic castles. Take a pause to see the medieval ruins of Warkworth Castle. Built in the 12th century, it was home to the Percy family, who were one of the most powerful families in Medieval England. Lindisfarne Castle is world famous and accessible by a cause way when the tide is low. The Castle sits on Holy Island, and is a very striking and breath-taking sight.
When entering Edinburgh, you reach Holyrood Park which has the highest point in Edinburgh called Arthurs Seat. The old volcano provides spectacular views of the city and at the top it has one of the parks four ancient forts. Near Holyrood Park there is also the Royal Mile, this is the most visited street in Edinburgh and has many shops, museum’s, historic attractions and restaurants. This street is a part of the historical area of Scotland’s capital city, it is a wonderful place to end the ride.
This is a very challenging route, with great mountains and a nice, long distance to cycle. The trail goes from North wales to South wales and the full 250 miles may take a few days to complete. However, the views, scenery and natural attractions are stunning making it a very satisfying cycle.
Within Snowdonia national park, the route goes through the wonderful Coed-y-Brenin Forest, which has a café that offers tea, coffee, cake and some respite for cyclists. You will also cycle past Talybont Reservoir, which leads to the Blaen-y-Glyn waterfalls, which is a cluster of several waterfalls which are very atmospheric and picturesque. There are also plenty of fascinating historical and significant sights along this cycle route including Cardiff castle, St Cybi's Well and Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber. This is a stunning and very rewarding route to cycle.
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Written by Grace Perryman