One of the best activities to do on a Campervan holiday is to go cycling. There are some 16,575 miles of cycle paths within the UK National Cycle Network to enjoy. In fact, you can ride from Scotland to Cornwall without ever leaving the safety of a cycle path!
You may have tried cycling through your local woods, but how about trying the mountain bike trails in Afan Forest? Or if you wanted a longer ride, try the legendary 70km Dark Peak Rout around Glossop and Kinder Scout. But if you haven’t cycled in the countryside or off-road before, it may seem daunting. We have therefore drafted this short blog to give you some hints and tips on places to go and things to do.
Where to cycle in the UK
The UK is spoiled for choice with great places to cycle and amazing trails. One of our favorites is the Nan Bield Pass in the Lake District. This ride has alpine hairpins, steep single-track downhills, deep ruts, and wonderful views. But if you fancied a beautiful road-based tour, why not cycle the 2014 Tour De France route of Yorkshire. Since the Tour de France cycled through in 2014, it has risen in popularity for 2 wheel enthusiasts. The area around Malham Cove, Horton in Ribblesdale, and Halton Gill is stunning. But it’s worth noting, the roads can be steep, narrow, and lined with dry stone walls, so can be challenging.
With a bit of planning, you can leave your campervan at the campsite, cycle the route, and end up at the pub for dinner.
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 the Norfolk Broads. As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it provides a protected habitat for nature and the scenery is stunning.