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Top 10 UK bike routes

Top 10 UK bike routes

Top 10 UK bike routes

1. Eskdale Bike Trail, Lake District, England
It is only 14.5 km, but it is a spectacular bicycle path that goes from the sea to the mountains, with the possibility of returning by taking a ride on a steam engine. Upon arrival at Dalegarth Station, hop on the Ratty steam train and relax for the 40-minute journey back to the coast.

2. Way of the Roses (Senda de las Rosas), England
This coast-to-coast journey begins in Morecambe, Lancashire, and runs through the countryside to Bridlington, East Yorkshire, through the Lune Valley, the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Wolds. The route consists of both bike paths and road bike lanes. There are many pensions to stay in along the way, so you can choose to extend the trip for a few days or a week.

3. Brighton Loop, South Downs Way, England
A beautiful off-road bike ride out of Brighton, down Lewes Road, in the direction of the University of Sussex. The journey runs through Stanmer Park, heading towards the South Downs Way (SDW) where the views are spectacular. Continue on SDW and when you reach Saddlescombe Farm, stop for a refreshment or continue up towards Devil’s Dyke. If we still have energy, continue west towards the antennas at the top of the hill, which will take us to Shoreham. Follow the cycle path to the coast; from there it is a direct and quiet route back to Brighton.

4. Circuit of the Cotswolds, England
This 161km drive through the Cotswolds offers bucolic beauty and grueling climbs. It starts in Stratford-on-Avon, passes through market towns like Chipping Campden and continues to Cheltenham. Continue to Witney, before returning north.

5. Redways, Milton Keynes, England
Milton Keynes is a fabulous cycling destination. A network of Redways, trails and tracks that run throughout the city and are dedicated to walkers and cyclists. The maps of the Redways network are available online and with them you can discover parks, canals and paths along rivers, lakes and other scenic routes. Along these routes, you will find a number of attractions, such as the Peace Pagoda at Willen Lake, as well as many sculptures.

6. Trough of Bowland, Lancashire, England
This circular bike path focuses on the Trough of Bowland, a valley in a sparsely populated region northeast of Preston. The journey runs through vast open moors, scenic views, picturesque pastoral valleys, and the wild and beautiful Trough itself. The route is about 58 kilometers along quiet roads and along the way there are pretty villages with cozy accommodations for cyclists. Do the route in a clockwise direction to avoid some steep hills.

7. Bealach na Bà and Applecross Peninsula, Scotland
Start from the village of Lochcarron and take the A896 to Tornapress. Then prepare to cycle through Bealach na Ba (cattle pass). It's 626 meters of single-track road to the lookout, with views across the Inner Sound to the Isles of Skye and Raasay. The road continues to Applecross, then continues along the coast all the way along the peninsula giving us the opportunity to enjoy the wild beauty of the landscape.

8. The Golden Road, Isle of Harris, Scotland
Leaving Leverburgh, it will seem like traveling back in time as we glide through unspoilt fishing villages. Be prepared for the ascent of the village, but the reward is a lunar-like landscape. If we need a break, we can take a bath in a lake; no one will bother us. Finish the tour at the Drinishader hostel N ° 5.

9. Lôn Las Cymru, from Machynlleth to Rhayader, Wales
We can cycle most of the length of Wales - from Cardiff to Holyhead - following Lôn Las Cymru (national cycle route 8), but the highest point is south of Machynlleth, where the route amounts to more than 500 meters on quiet roads. The trail is tough, but the views of the mountains and hills make it worth it. From the top, there is an exciting descent through the Hafren forest and towards Llanidloes.

10. Antrim Coastal Road, Northern Ireland
To savor the salt of the sea and the sound of surf mixed with the turning of the wheels, take the A2 from Cushendall to Larne. By bike on the flat road that runs along the Antrim coast with the sea on our left, it is as if we were riding the waves on a sea bike. The road runs along the coast for 40 km. Glens, small ports, lava rivers and pebble coves, nestled between limestone and basalt cliffs and the ocean.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/apr/21/top-10-uk-bike-rides-readers-travel-tips

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