You may have noticed that lately I've started to include more and more travel-related posts on my blog, and this year I've decided to plan a 'UK Travel Series' on my blog. I will be sharing my top tips on places to visit and things to do - whether you're planning a short weekend break or a longer holiday - and I'll also be writing about the places I will be visiting.
Last week I shared my top things to do on a weekend trip to Liverpool, and today I've got a guest post with some of the best cycling routes around the UK.
There’s really nothing better than cycling alongside a beautiful view. Or, maybe you look for a bit more of a challenge when it comes to braving the roads? Britain has some of the best cycling routes in the world, so why not make it your mission to freewheel down some of the best paths our country has to offer?
The experts at Formby Cycles know thing or two about cycling and have compiled a list of 5 of the best cycling routes that the UK has to offer! Whether you’re a seasoned long-distance cyclist, more interested in mountain biking, or a relative newbie when it comes to two wheels – there is something for everyone.
The Liverpool Loop Line (The Ralla)
Distance: 13 miles.
Difficulty: 1 out of 5.
Otherwise known as ‘The Ralla’, this route used to be an old railway track that was converted into a cycle path back in the 1980’s. This route is particularly suited to the younger and less experienced cyclists as it is just a flat, straight shot once you get onto the path and it is also served well by public transport on either side. Completely out the way of traffic so you’ll be able to get a bit of peace as you cycle down surrounded by the local shrubbery. Check out the official route here.
Sea to Sea (C2C)
Distance: 136 miles.
Difficulty: 5 out of 5.
The Sea to Sea is a feat of endurance more than anything else and is one of the most popular cycling routes in the UK. This route will take you from Whitehaven to Newcastle – or, from the Irish Sea to the North Sea to live up to its name – and will take you through the Lake District, the town of Keswick, the Pennines and along the disused railway tracks of Country Durham. It is tradition to dip your back wheel in the Irish Sea before you set off and the front wheel in the North Sea when you arrive, so make sure you do it for luck! Check out the official route here.
Distance: 4.4 miles.
Difficulty: 2 out of 5.
One better suited to those of you interesting in mountain biking, Askham Fell is located in the picturesque Lake District and is mostly an off-road adventure. It doesn’t involve as much climbing as you would expect as the route is mostly in descent, although when it requires you to pedal uphill you’ll definitely be aware of it – but it’ll all be worth it when you spot the views. This route is more suited to those just getting familiar with mountain biking, but there’s enough natural beauty all around you to keep you interested. Check out the official route here.
Lon Las Ogwen
Distance: 11 miles.
Difficulty: 4 out of 5.
If you want views of the glorious Snowdonia mountainside then this is the route for you, though it certainly doesn’t come easy – nothing good ever comes easy, right? An approximate two-hour journey that involves many a climb from the Welsh town of Bagnor to Llyn Ogwen. It’s a challenging route, but will certainly be a rewarding one as the natural beauty along the way will simply take your breath away. Check out the official route here.
Distance: 2 miles.
Difficulty: 1 out of 5.
Some of you may want to keep your cycling a bit more urban and if so then why not try taking a ride in London? Get in touch with your inner tourist and ride from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace. The route is well served with designated cycling paths so you won’t have to worry about dealing with the thought of navigating frightening London traffic. This route will take you through Hyde Park too, so you can still appreciate some urban greenery. Check out the official route here.