We are aware lots of our customers love to cycle their bikes, so we have put together some of the top cycle routes in the UK to visit when you travel on your motorhome holidays. The diverse terrain and scenery offer challenges and joys to suit anyone on two wheels, and national park authorities are increasingly throwing their full support behind this sustainable mode of transportation.
So hire a motorhome, pack your bike and get cycling down these great routes!
Old Logging Way, Cairngorms National Park
The Cairngorms is perhaps best known for its rugged landscapes, but tucked amongst the mountain range are moorland, farmland, the UK’s most extensive remnants of Caledonian pine forest. A good place to start is the newly opened Old Logging Way – a 3.5-mile traffic-free route between Aviemore and Glenmore. The route takes you through forests and lochs, with views of the Cairngorms in the background.
For those feeling a little less enthusiastic about cycling up hills, the Cairngorms has recently established an Electric Bicycle Network around the park. This is a short bike ride but one that shouldn’t be underestimated.
Granite Way, Dartmoor National Park:
Accessible by train and with cycle hire available on the trail, the 6-mile Granite Way is an ideal family day out. The route is mostly traffic-free and traverses the Meldon Viaduct. This is one of the most scenic cycling routes around offering incredible views of the surrounding countryside. A number of additional trails split off from the route, which also connects with National Cycle Network route 27.
This is also a great place to walk dogs so if you have travelled with your pets in your pet-friendly motorhomes then this will be a great place to do both.
Three Rivers Loop, Broads National Park
The 20-mile Three Rivers Loop incorporates views of the Waveney, Yare and Chet rivers. Sticking mostly to quiet country lane, the route takes in a number of sites. One of them is the Reedham Ferry, as well as affording ample opportunity to stop at a village pub. The route is ideal for bird watchers during the spring and autumn.
South Downs Way, South Downs National Park
Don’t be surprised to find yourself washing mud from your gears after cycling from one end of the South Downs to the other on an almost completely off-road track. Stretching from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west, the first capital of England, through to the white chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head at Eastbourne in the east, the South Downs Way is easy to tackle in short sections or, for the energetic, in one 100-mile adventure. This route is certainly one of the more challenging cycle routes you will come across in the UK.
Altura Trail, Lake District National Park
Whinlatter Forest, in the north-west corner of Lake District National Park, holds the distinction of being England’s only mountain forest. This makes it one of the best cycling routes around. The red grade Altura Trail throws some 11 miles of challenges your way and takes you 1,600 feet above nearby Keswick. Here you will find incredible views of Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite and Skiddaw. Head to the nearby Whinlatter Visitor Centre for advice on where to fuel up before and after your ride.
Hire a motorhome to visit the best cycle routes the UK has to offer
Don’t forget that if you hire a motorhome from us, we allow you to take them anywhere across Europe so you can even discover some more cycle routes for your hobby.