From Cornwall to Scotland, Tamsin Wressell rounds up the best bike rides around the UK
Two Tunnels Circuit, Bath
19.7km / easy
This route has its own light installations and explores the viaducts, aqueducts and tunnels of Bath, with one stretching for more than a mile. It’s a nice flat path that goes through some beautiful countryside, too.
Box Hill Olympic Circuit, Surrey Hills
16km / medium
A popular challenge for cyclists, the circuit goes along country roads and was used during the 2012 Olympic Games. It’s no easy feat to reach the top of Box Hill, but the views from the top overlooking the River Mole are rewarding.
Cromer Ridge, Norfolk
22.5km / medium
Taking in the highest point in Norfolk on the Beacon Hill, this route goes up to 103m above sea level. It’s a circular trail that follows Sustrans’ Cycle Network, with some parts being off-road.
Camel Trail, Cornwall
27.4km miles / easy
A flat trail following a disused railway, this route winds through the Cornish countryside taking in views of the Camel Estuary. Part of the region is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Settle Circular, Yorkshire
29km / medium
This loop goes through the Yorkshire Dales with rivers, stone walls and rolling hills surrounding the trail. There are some light climbs, but also some more challenging, sharper ones along the way.
Keswick Loop, Lake District
41.8km / hard
This anti-clockwise loop starting in the market town of Keswick takes in some of the best scenery of the Lake District, stretching over two mountain passes and through forests and lakes.
Slieve Croob, Northern Ireland
40.2km / hard
The Slieve Croob and Mourne mountain ranges just south of Belfast can give cyclists views out to the Isle of Man on a clear day. The circular route goes through a forest park, nature reserve and mountain range, rising to over 500m above sea level.
Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon, Wales
40.2km / hard
This route starts in an unassuming industrial landscape before unwinding into one of the most beautiful trails. It takes in a canal towpath and an old railway line, crossing over viaducts and passing reservoirs, waterfalls and mountain landscapes.
Hadrian’s Cycleway, Cumbria
51.4km / medium
In its entirety, the coast-to-coast route goes for 280km from Ravenglass to South Shields. For a taste, the section from Anthorn to Carlisle is mainly flat and takes in incredible views over Scotland.
Applecross Peninsula, Scotland
70.8km / medium
A wild, single-track mountain pass through Bealach Na Bà is how this route winds through the Northwest Scottish Highlands. It’s one of the longest climbs in Britain, gaining heights of 626m, with the shortest loop of 70.8km starting from Shieldaig.
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