Cycling

Condor bycle by a river Cycling to Château de Chambord Cycling down a road in France Child cycling down a road alongside a river Child cycling down a road Child cycling down a road

There are some 16,575 miles of cycle paths within the National Cycle Network that spans the UK.  You can cycle from the top of Scotland to the end of Cornwall without ever leaving the safety of a cycle path.  Some friends of mine have tried it a year or so ago, and it sounds like quite a challenge.  But if you are looking for something more manageable, there are lots of campsites located near the Cycle Network. Taking a bike on your trip will enable you to see the country without driving your campervan off the campsite.

Why is it good to go cycling in the UK?

The UK is spoiled for choice when it comes to interesting places to go and see, and with a bit of planning, you can leave your campervan in the campsite and cycle to the beach, a Roman ruin, or pub at the end of the road.  There are 600 to 700 castles to visit, 11,000 miles of coastline to enjoy, but only 10,500 pubs, so make sure you plan your journey carefully.

Where to go cycling in the UK?

There is almost nowhere that isn’t nice to cycle in the UK, even the big cities have a good network of cycle paths so busy main roads can be avoided.  Wales is a great location to go cycling in the hills and mountains, but if you want something slightly flatter, why not try Corfe in Dorset or the Norfolk Broads.  As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it provides a protected habitat for nature and the environment which the scenery is stunning.

If you’re not a cycling enthusiast, Yorkshire might not have been at the top of your list of places to go cycling, but since the Tour de France cycled through in 2014, it has risen up the ranks of places to explore on 2 wheels.  The area around Malham Cove, Horton in Ribblesdale, and Halton Gill are stunning, but it’s worth noting that the roads can be steep, narrow, and lined with dry stone walls, so it’s probably not a novice destination.

Places to stay

If you are thinking of cycling in Wales, there are lots of campsites that are campervan and bike-friendly.  One that I stayed at recently was in the Tan-Y-Fron campsite in Dolgellau.  The campsite has a mix of static and touring van pitches, the showers were good and clean and the site has electric hook-ups.  It’s a little too structured for my taste, however, there are nice views of the hills, and the owners were very friendly.

Useful Sites and Links

If you are planning a trip the following sites might be useful to you:

http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

www.english-heritage.org.uk