The 12 best bike routes for you to try all year round


Ready to embrace the call of the great outdoors? Explore the top 12 places to cycle in the UK throughout the year


From scoping out the sunny coastal trails of Cornwall to diving into the deep green forests of the Scottish Borders, there are countless cycling spots across the UK waiting to be discovered.

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a newcomer, there is so much joy to be found in riding alongside family and friends or having mindful moments for yourself while immersed in nature.

Here, we uncover 12 of the best cycling spots the UK has to offer, upon which adventure awaits around every corner. In fact, one for every month of the year.


Richmond Park, London – for the Urban Rider

Nestled in the southwest of the UK capital, Richmond Park is a well-loved spot for urban cyclists.

A parkland spanning over 2,500 acres, it offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city streets.

Perfect for cycling on winding trails with little ones, you can explore the park and wildlife, such as the deer herds and many breeds of birds.

Or, if you’re up for more of a challenge, the Tamsin Trail around the edge of the park is a favourite among mountain bikers.


Stanmer Park, Brighton– for the All-rounder

stanmer-park-imageJust outside of the vibrant city of Brighton, Stanmer Park is a green haven for many in the area.

A gateway to the South Downs National Park, cyclists can enjoy woodland areas and picturesque villages on this cycle route.

From the fun off-road trails to the paths that run through the park, there’s something for all ages and abilities and – while we’ve picked February as the time to go – you can enjoy this route all year round.

And why not finish the day with a visit to the beautiful ornamental garden, market and café at One Garden, close to the Patchway Car Park.


Thetford Forest, Norfolk – for the Trail Trotter

Britain’s largest lowland pine forest is a staycationer’s paradise with outdoor adventures for everyone to enjoy.

If you’re in the mood for mountain biking trails or exploring family-friendly routes, this Norfolk hotspot is the place for you.

The High Lodge trail is well-loved by adults and children, whereas, for the more experienced, the winding Lime Burner trail is an opportunity to test your cycling skills.

Refreshments aren’t far away at the onsite café and there are safe areas for little ones to run around and play too.


South Coast Cycle Route, Cornwall to Dover – for the Holiday Maker


For those seeking an epic adventure, the South Coast Cycle Route is not one to miss out on.

The mammoth 358-mile route runs from Cornwall to Dover, piecing together paths of the Jurassic Coast of Dorset and Devon, and promenades in Brighton, with cycle paths often just metres away from the sea.

And with dozens of options for a day ride, it would also make for an ideal cycling holiday.


Camel Trail, Cornwall – for the Sprinter

Pedaling through the picturesque Cornish countryside, this trail is all a cyclist could wish for ahead of the seasonal flock to the coastline.

Flooded with spring flowers and ocean blue hues at this time of year, the 12-mile path follows the course of a disused railway line from Padstow to Bodmin.

Largely flat and traffic-free, cyclists will route through charming villages, woodlands and estuaries.

Stopping for a picnic or a pub lunch is an optional extra.


Windermere Bike Ride, Lake District – for the Adventurer


No cycling adventure would be complete without a trip to the Lake District National Park.

Renowned for offering inspiration to many poets and artists, Windermere is a popular area for walkers and cyclists alike.

This particular bike ride is a 28-mile circular route around Lake Windermere, taking you through the charming villages of Ambleside, Grasmere and Elterwater.

Breathtaking views of the fells and lakes, and twisting turns around the river bend make it a wonderful opportunity to hone your cycling skills.


Coed y Brenin, Snowdonia – for the Adrenaline Junkie

Situated within the impressive forest of Snowdonia, Coed y Brenin boasts paths spanning 35 miles.

While there is something for everyone throughout this landscape, adrenaline seekers can gear up for Dragon’s Back, a technical cross-country mountain bike route.

Complete with challenging climbs and tight single tracks, it is a well-known route for the accomplished cyclist across Europe.


Glentress Trail, Scottish Borders – for the Seasoned and First-time Cyclist


Renowned as one of the top mountain biking destinations in the UK, the Glentress Trail in the Scottish Borders is a must-visit.

With more than 60 miles of trails to explore, ranging from gentle forest paths to heart-pounding downhill runs, there are routes for everyone to enjoy.

Discover the scenic landscape of the Tweed Valley, providing the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable cycling adventure.


Lôn Las Cymru, Wales – for the Thrill Seeker

With the heat of summer over and attention turning to autumn in September, those in search of an epic cycling challenge before the temperature drops will not be disappointed with this Welsh ride.

Meandering through the Brecon Beacons National Park and Snowdonia, the National Cycle Route 8 – as it’s known – covers around 250 miles from Cardiff to Holyhead, passing right through the heart of Wales.

With the chance to see almost every landscape across the country, this adventure is one to enjoy over six or seven days.


Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire – for a Family Outing


At the heart of the North York Moors National Park, Dalby Forest covers 70 miles of ancient woodlands and rolling hills.

This dense forest promises a memorable cycling experience on the World Cup trail or the family-friendly Ellerburn route.

During the autumn months, the Moors welcome bike-lovers to purpose-built tracks open to all abilities.

And don’t forget to look up at the turning leaves at this time of year.


Causeway Coast Cycle Route, Northern Ireland – for the Sightseer

Winding along this 23-mile trail, riders are invited to soak up the stunning North Atlantic coastline of Northern Ireland.

From tower cliffs to sandy beaches and the iconic Giant’s Causeway, there’s so much to see on this traffic-free route.

Not without its challenges, however, there are several short climbs and two longer climbs to navigate along the way.

Whether you’re adventuring with friends and family, or on a solo journey, get ready to breathe in the salty air and revel in finishing with a warm brew.


Tissington Trail, Peak District – for the Newcomer


The much-loved Peak District is one of best places in the UK to admire the natural world. For cyclists in particular, the Tissington Trail is one of its crown jewels.

The 13-mile route through the Derbyshire Dales is perfect for a gentle pedal around old railway lines, hills and small villages over the White Peak.

And Tissington is a brilliant place to soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this quintessentially English countryside.

There’s no stopping you

So, whether you’re craving the adrenaline of steep descents or would prefer a smoother ride, these 12 destinations across the UK have something for everyone.

However, if you’re unable to reach these places, there are many routes to explore closer to home. British Cycling allows you to search trails near you, making it easier to find ways to relish the simple joys of life on two wheels.

Related: back on the saddle everything you need to know to start cycling for fun

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