Where to go for cycling holidays in the UK

The UK has a lot of love for cycling. It has plenty of excellent cycling holidays cycling enthusiasts can enjoy for sport or sightseeing. 

If you’re new to this, you might be wondering where you can saddle up and cycle. So, we’re listing down some of the best cycling holidays and destinations in the UK. Check them below!

Bristol, the Cycling City 

Bristol is the country’s first Cycling City and as such has been recognized for its growing status as Europe’s most bike-friendly city. 

It offers pleasant cycling routes for bike lovers who love to bike around to explore the place or to simply sightsee. 

If you don’t have a bike, Bristol has bike hire services available. So, there’s no reason for you not to enjoy your cycling hobby in this city. 

Carmarthenshire, Wales

If you get tired of Bristol and you want somewhere new, simply compare van hire in Bristol, rent one, and then drive to Wales, where you can find Carmarthenshire. 

Carmarthenshire offers a tremendous step-up when it comes to the cycling experience. 

Try a load of excellent riding routes like in Llanelli or Carmarthen. 

You can even find family-friendly areas like the route along the coast of Bynea and Pembrey Country Park. 

Carmen Trail in Cornwall 

The Carmen Trail runs for 18 miles from Padstow to Wenford Bridge. It passes Wadebridge and Bodmin, offering great sceneries of the surrounding woods and moorlands.

If you think you can’t bike those 18 miles in one go, then you can break the trail like this:  

  • Padstow to Wadebridge (5.5 miles)
  • Wadebridge to Bodmin (5.75 miles)
  • Bodmin to Wenford Bridge (6.25 miles) 

This trail is perfect if you’re looking for a quick solo getaway to cycle and refresh your mind. 

Jurassic Coast, Dorest and East Devon 

As the name suggests, the Jurassic Coast is a wild area in Britain. Here, you can find rocks and fossils along the coastline of 95 miles.

Choosing this for your cycling holiday will afford you exquisite views of the English Channel and its breathtaking coastline. 

Hardknott Pass in Lake District 

And if you’re the extreme type of cycling enthusiast, try the Hardknott Pass, which is touted as the King of all Climbs. It is debatably the most difficult road in the country to ride up.

Challenge yourself. Hardknott Pass basks in the elements and foliage never grow past knee height. 

It’s a must-take challenge whenever you’re cycling in the Lake District. 

Other Cycling Holidays You should Visit

Those are the top five of the most excellent cycling holiday destinations for when you are in the UK. 

Looking for more? Here are other destinations you should try: 

  • Outer Hebrides, Scotland
  • Great Dun Fell, Knock, Cumbria 
  • Exmoor National Park, Devon 
  • Isle of Wight
  • New Forest, Hampshire 

Try these destinations for your cycling holidays. What’s best is that the UK has plenty to offer regardless of what type of cyclist you are. 

So, saddle up and prepare to challenge yourself. Or simply enjoy the view and sceneries. 

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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