If the UK’s scenic backdrops and rugged nature weren’t good enough reasons to choose a staycation over a holiday abroad, these five cycle routes might just do it.
Whether you’re on the hunt for an MTB trail or a simple traffic-free path to enjoy with the rest of the family, we’ve put together a collection of routes suited to all cycling abilities at some of the most popular staycation spots.
The best MTB trail: one of the best cycle routes for mountain bikers is at Cardinham Woods near Bodmin. This 12km trail is exposed to the elements with no fences and steep slopes to tackle. Known as the Bodmin Beast trail, you’ll be treated to spectacular coastal views when you’re not negotiating tight corners, rollers and table tops.
The best traffic-free cycle route: the Camel Trail is off-road and follows a former railway line, which means there aren’t any slopes to climb. Although this route is up to 18 miles long, you may want to start further down towards the food paradise of Padstow if you’re a beginner.
The best road cycle route: if you’re hitting the roads, following the coast from Wadebridge to Tintagel rewards you with unforgettable views of Cornwall. While the hills may be tough, it’ll feel easy when you’re breathing in the beautiful sea air.
The best MTB trail: for great views, challenging climbs and pure speed, take your mountain bike for a speed on the Antur Stiniog trail. Nestled in the heart of Snowdonia, this route ticks every thrill-seekers’ box.
The best traffic-free cycle route: Millennium Park in Llanelli is superb for little cyclists looking for an easy and enjoyable introduction to traffic-free cycling. Hugging the coast, you’ll get views of the sea and hills, plus the chance to see the flamingos at the National Wetland Centre of Wales.
The best road cycle route: for a largely traffic-free road bike experience, the Cardiff to Castell Coch route gives you 14 miles of tarmac to pick up speed. You’ll even whizz past the magical Taff river too.
The best MTB trail: for a challenging and memorable mountain biking experience, look no further than Claife Heights. With steep uphill climbs, sudden drops and jaw-dropping backdrops, you’ll witness the Lake District in all its glory. This particular route is also very varied too, with forest tracks, lakeside cycling and a big climb into Grizedale Forest.
The best traffic-free cycle route: enjoy 12 miles of traffic-free cycling in Ennerdale Forest. Starting at Bowness Knott car park, you’ll following an easy track taking in the incredible views of the Ennerdale valley. Just don’t forget to pack the picnic!
The best road cycle route: Wast Water has a quiet country road on the west side overlooking the lakes in the Lake District National Park. This is for road cyclist who wish to revel in beauty rather than push their bodies to the absolute max.
The best MTB trail: Mabie has one the best singletracks in the UK for mountain bikers, with alternative tests for beginners and experts. Situated just over 6km away from Dumfries, if you’re heading to Scotland for a staycation, go give this trail a spin.
The best traffic-free cycle route: the Speyside Way in Cairngorms National Park is a five-mile cycle route designed for families. On your way, you’ll see woodland sculptures, views of the Cairngorm Mountains and have the option to stop for a cake at the Boat Hotel.
The best road cycle route: known as the Salmon Run, this road cycle route from Dundee to Pitlochry takes you on a 54-mile epic quest. If you need to break up the journey, we highly recommend stopping for a picnic or refreshment at the River Almond or River Tay.
Or for further top tips, take a look at our previous blog: ‘When should you replace your cycling equipment?’