Whether you’re a Sunday cyclist or a seasoned rider, cycling has become an increasingly popular pastime in recent years – and it’s little surprise, given that it’s great exercise, open to all ages and abilities and there is a growing culture that encourages and empowers those who cycle. With so many reasons to love cycling, more and more cyclists are turning their passion for cycling into an action-packed overseas holiday on two wheels. If you’re ready to explore Britain’s natural beauty, here are 5 reasons to plan a cycling holiday in the UK.
Outstanding scenery for a cycling holiday in the UK
The UK boasts some of the most beautiful countryside in the world, from crystal clear lakes to rugged wilderness. One of the best ways to take advantage of Britain’s most gorgeous backdrops is to get outdoors and witness them first-hand – and by cycling through these natural landscapes, you can take the time to truly experience what the UK has to offer.
From rural Northumberland to the jaw-dropping Yorkshire Dales, Britain is packed with lush green landscapes – and if you’d rather find somewhere to stay in the heart of the Great British countryside, there are a huge number of postcard-worthy holiday cottages in and around Yorkshire which combine picturesque landscapes with luxurious lodgings.
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You might also want to start out in the magnificent, history-steeped city of London. There, they have recently installed cycle superhighways, so you can enjoy cycling without fear of being crushed by lorries. The city also has a bike share system, Barclays Bikes (known colloquially as Boris Bikes). Read more about these great cycle superhighways here.
Friendly locals in the UK
If there’s one universally acknowledged truth about the United Kingdom, it’s that the locals are some of the friendliest you’ll meet anywhere in the world. Whether you’re traveling to the North of England or the beautiful Welsh countryside, you’re sure to be met with a smile. Better yet, step into any pub in the UK and you’ll be made to feel right at home! Meeting the friendly locals in the pubs make a cycling holiday in the UK even more memorable.
Diverse routes for a cycling holiday in the UK
The UK’s cycling community is huge, meaning there are exciting scenic trails to be found wherever you choose as your holiday base. From the exhilarating Trossachs in Scotland to the North York Moors in Yorkshire, the great range of challenging routes scattered throughout the British countryside mean it won’t be hard to find ways to explore Britain’s incredible natural beauty while getting an intense workout in the process. Most UK cycling clubs hold events throughout the year, too, making it even easier to jump on the cycling bandwagon!
Family-friendly options for a cycling holiday in the UK
One of the best things about cycling is that anyone can participate – making a biking holiday a perfect getaway for the whole family. Get outdoors and immerse yourselves in nature, touring the great outdoors as a fun way to stay active as a family – and don’t miss out on the wealth of family-friendly activities and attractions to be found throughout Britain. With an extensive choice of cycle routes suitable for all ages on offer across the UK, you shouldn’t struggle to plan your trip. And then you get to enjoy it!
Money-saving benefits of a cycling holiday in the UK
It goes without saying that cycling holidays offer a far more affordable alternative to driving holidays, for example, giving you a welcome opportunity to forget about fuel costs altogether – but the money-saving benefits don’t end there. Because you won’t be spending your holiday in tourist hotspots, you should be able to avoid the kind of inflated prices holidaymakers are often subjected to – allowing you to enjoy the rejuvenating power of the great outdoors and save some cash in the process.
Cycling holidays are becoming more and more popular as a budget-friendly solution to staying active and enjoying the wonderful natural scenery on offer in the UK – so what are you waiting for? Research your routes and plan your very own two-wheel tour of Britain’s countryside. Personally, I can’t WAIT to try the cycle superhighways in London – I am hoping to get there in March!
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