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Top 7 Scenic Bike Routes in the UK

1) Exmoor Cycle Route

This 60 mile circular route covers the most beautiful scenery of Exmoor’s National Park, and has something for everyone. Used in the South West part of the 2007 Tour of Britain race, you can imagine it is full of up-hill battles. But the steep hills and breathless effort is certainly rewarded with it’s beautiful, inspiring views. If you were to go on an exceptionally clear day for example, you will see all the way across to Wales’ Brecon Beacons National Park. And to make it easy for you, the park has colour coded their off road cycle map with the Cycle Touring Club’s nationally recognised grading system, ranging routes from easy to very challenging, ensuring you choose the route perfect for you.


2) Exeter Quay, Devon

The outstanding heritage of Exeter’s Quayside has been enhanced in recent years to offer a much more contemporary design. As one of the largest attractions in the area, it holds plenty of possibilities for entertainment, history and enjoyment. With its interesting architecture, pubs and restaurants all there is plenty for you to do even after completing the trail. The 15 mile route will take you along the scenic canal and is a moderately easy ride to tackle. 

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3) Mawddach Trail Cycle Route

This 9.5 mile disused railway track is jam packed with beautiful scenery including the picturesque town of Dolgellau and the iconic railway bridge into Barmouth. With an easy ride and plenty of places to eat along the way, this beautiful route is perfect for an afternoon adventure.

4) Penzance Circular Ride to Land’s End and Zennor, Cornwall

If you’re looking for a route that offers you country views, a beautiful coastline, a breath taking harbor and a wildlife reserve, then this 41 mile ride is for you. Starting by the Trevescan cliff and following the NCN Route 3, you will find yourself in the quaint town of Penzance, a perfect place to grab some food. 

5) Whitby to Scarborough Trail

This beautiful 22 mile coastal ride will take you from Whitby to Scarborough in North Yorkshire with some outstanding scenery along the way. Following the National Cycle Network Route 1, you know the ride is going to be secure, safe and enjoyable…plus it’s not that difficult either. Some specific highlights of the route include Robin Hood’s Bay, Hayburn Wyke and Ravenscar Coast.

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6) Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

This trail doesn’t just come with a place for you to ride your bike, it gives you the whole weekend package. Based on a large Forest Holiday Site, you don’t just have to go for the trail. With plenty of other activities, cabins, restaurants and a retreat it’s perfect for a family weekend away. But back to what's important; the views. Taking you through the beautiful, natural forest and along the canal, this trail is perfect in any season and offers plenty of places for you to stop and have a picnic or capture some breathtaking shots. And if you don’t have your own biking equipment, not to worry because they have it all on site ready for you to hire if needed. 

7) Loughrigg Fell Route One, Lake District

This scenic route in the heart of the Lake District is certainly one worth taking if it’s miles of picturesque scenery that you’re after. With a cave to explore and outstanding views at every turn, this route is definitely worth battling the hills for.

 

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