Cycling in England
There are few better ways to explore England than from the saddle of a
bicyle or - in my case - the back of a tandem. England's countryside
is stunning, we have small, quiet roads aplenty and if you fancy a break
you're always likely to find a welcoming pub or cosy teashop.
Offroad more to your liking? That's no problem.
If you want to go cycling in England, you can do it offroad just as
well as on. Local councils and companies like Sustrans have created
many traffic-free cycling paths. Mountain-biking is very popular in
England, too, with mountain biking centres and trails in some of the
most beautiful parts of the country.
A good way to get started cycling in England is a self-guided cycling
tour. Whether you have a weekend, a few days or even a week, there's a
cycling tour to suit you. Most of these tours provide accommodation -
usually Bed and Breakfast - and transport your luggage from place to
place, leaving you free to explore at your own pace.
Here are a few ideas of tours that are ideal for a cycling holiday in England.
Hadrian's Cycle Way
If you love Roman history and cycling, then this is cycling in
England for you! And if you love Northumberland, too, then you really
have no excuse.
Meander your way along the boundary of the Old Roman Empire, starting and finishing at either end of Hadrians Wall.
Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, stop to explore the Roman
forts, towns and museums that line the route, and marvel at the amazing
landscape that Cumbria and Northumberland have to offer.
Coast and Castles
Another classic tour, Coastg and Castles
explores the hotly contested borderland between Scotland and England.
You start from Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and climb up to
Innerleithen before following the River Tweed to the Elizabethan walled
town of Berwick upon Tweed.
From there, Northumberland's stunning coastline and ancient castles
and fortresses will take your breath away until you reach the city of
Newcastle, where there's entertainment of a very different sort to be
Coast to Coast
This is a truly classic cycle tour. It's the first tour we did on the
tandem and cycling in England cannot get much better than this.
Starting at Whitehaven and crossing England from west to east on a National Cycling Network
route, you get to see some amazing landscapes and very little traffic,
whatever time of year you attempt it.
Bring your own bike or just rent one along with your tour and spend
four days exploring England's North.
If you're very fit or in a hurry,
this tour can be done in two days... but why rush a wonderful
experience? Explore at your leisure, stop for lunch or tea along the way
and spend your nights in cosy hotels.
Just don't forget to stop for hot chocolatge at Hartside Top and dip your wheels in the sea at either end.
This title from the publishers of the Cool Camping and Wild
Swimming series is a unique cycling guide that's less about the
destination and more about enjoying the journey.
It maps out 60 unforgettable rides across England, from an
easy 5 mile-meander to a 20-mile day trip, with something for every
level of cyclist on every kind of bike. You can enjoy the rush of
freewheeling down a hill with the beautiful English countryside gliding
by or get up close and personal with England s most gorgeous coastline.
When you're out on your bike you can go where you want, when you want
all in your own sweet time. Combining inspirational photography,
beautiful hand-drawn maps, engaging writing and essential practical
information including where to hire bicyles en route this stunning book
will guide you through England's most breathtaking cycle rides.
Whichever route you choose, cycling in England makes a rewarding - and
sometimes even enlightening - holiday. It can be as peaceful and
relaxing or as challenging and adventurous as you like. And with the
views, attractions and history that England has to offer a cycling
holiday in England is like nothing else!
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