From Cornwall to Scotland, Tamsin Wressell rounds up 10 of the most scenic cycle trails around the UK
Two Tunnels Circuit, Bath
12 miles / 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
11 miles / medium
A popular challenge for cyclists, the circuit goes along country roads, 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
14 miles / medium
Taking in the highest point in Norfolk on the Beacon Hill, this route goes up to 103 metres above ground. It’s a circular route that follows Sustrans’ Cycle Route with some parts being off-road.
Camel Trail, Cornwall
17 miles / easy
A flat trail, following a disused railway. The route goes through the Cornish countryside, taking in views of the Camel Estuary, with part of the region designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Settle Circular, Yorkshire
18 miles / medium
This loop goes through the Yorkshire Dales with rivers, stone walls and rolling hills surrounding the trail. There’s some light climbs, but also some more challenging, sharper ones along the way.
Keswick Loop, Lake District
26 miles / 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 through forests and lakes.
Slieve Croob, Northern Ireland
25 miles / 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 500 metres above sea level.
Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon, Wales
25 miles / hard
This route starts in an unassuming industrial landscape before unwinding into one of the most beautiful trails. It’s riverside, crossing over viaducts, three reservoirs, waterfalls and mountain landscapes along Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.
32 miles / medium
In its entirety, the coast-to-coast route goes for 174 miles 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
44 miles / 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 626 metres with the shortest loop of 44 miles starting from Shieldaig.
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