5 of the best cycling holidays in the UK
PUBLISHED: 09:48 09 July 2019
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Ready for a change in gear? Pick one of these five cycling holidays across the UK and enjoy the feel of the wind in your hair
Journey through the Cotswolds and Shakespeare's country on this week-long self-guided cycling tour. You'll enjoy scenic rides through some of the quintessential villages that the area is known for, starting in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace. You'll also visit Blenheim Palace and one of the best-kept castles in the UK, Warwick Castle. Whether it is watching the sun setting over the rolling hills or rising on Broadway's high street, you will not want to leave this idyllic region. Stay in a three or four-star hotel, guest house or country inn. Prices from £669 per person.
Free-wheeling on the Isle of Wight
Mainly rural, with dramatic coastlines dominated by the chalk downland ridge, the Isle of Wight is ideal for a self-guided cycling holiday. Freshwater Bay makes an excellent base to explore from and you can ride along former railway tracks, cycle paths and quiet country and coastal roads, introducing you to the island's history and landscape. The Isle of Wight is known for being sparsely populated, and a haven for a number of protected and endangered species such as the dormouse and the red squirrel. Stay in HF Country House for three/four nights, giving you two/three days to explore. Prices from £265 per person.
Lying on England's rugged southwestern tip, Cornwall captivates with its dramatic cliffs and coves, its intriguing tales of smuggling and mining, the myriad of steep villages rising from the sea and the vibrant art and culinary finds around every twisting corner. The terrain, particularly on the coast, is very steep but the option of E-bikes (over-16s only) makes this eight-night cycling holiday accessible to all. From £1,590 per person based on two sharing.
Be Nifty in Norfolk
The scenic routes through Holkham park are perfect for cycling and an opportunity for visitors to explore more of the estate. Or if you are feeling adventurous, it's an opportunity to saddle up and explore more of the local area via the Norfolk Coast Cycleway, which runs along the coast from King's Lynn to Cromer. Stay at The Victoria Inn, just outside the Holkham Hall Estate. Holkham has bicycles for the whole family, with full-sized adult bikes, various child-sized bikes, balance bikes and tag cycles, plus trailers and child seats for little ones. The cycle hire centre is located adjacent to the car park in Holkham park. Prices start from £185 per room per night at The Victoria Inn, based on two sharing.
Discover the Derbyshire Dales
With breath-taking views of hills and moorland and intriguing rock formations, the Peak District is the perfect destination for a cycling holiday. Old railway lines converted to cycle paths make this hilly area achievable by bike. On this guided cycling break you can enjoy traffic-free cycling and scenic views from the Tissington, Manifold and High Peak Trails. Explore the railways' past life at the old wharfs, engine houses and workshops along the way. Stay at The Peveril of the Peak, a comfortable country house with a lovely garden, perfect for relaxing with a well-earned pint of local ale. Prices from £315 per person.
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