With the arrival of warmer weather, many of us are looking forward to being able to spend more time outside. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and there is hardly a better time to explore a new corner of the UK. With thousands of cottages available at Snaptrip, you really could go anywhere, but how about centring your trip around one of these brilliant cycling routes? Dust off your bike, or hire some for the week, and enjoy the fresh spring air.
Here are 5 of the best cycling routes in the UK…
1. Camel Trail
The Camel Trail is a popular cycling path in Cornwall; and for good reason. This is an 18 miles route that is mostly free of traffic. It follows a disused railway line that used to run between Wenfordbridge and Padstow. If 18 miles is too far for little legs the section between Wadebridge and Padstow is a firm favourite. Why not pack a picnic for a break in Padstow before heading home again?
2. Phoenix Trail
The Phoenix Trail is a magical route in the Chilterns that is sure to be a hit with the kids – and adults too! This trail also follows a disused railway for 6 miles. While you cycle along, take in the beauty of the surrounding countryside and keep an eye out for the works of art dotted along the trail. There is a pub half way and if you want to explore further afield this trail makes up part of the Sustrans’ National Route 57.
3. Strawberry Line
For traffic free cycling in Somerset, it would be heard to find a better spot than the Strawberry Line. This path follows the old Cheddar Valley Line, also know as the Strawberry Line. As it is mostly flat this is an ideal place to take the kids; pack the bikes and explore the beautiful Somerset countryside. At the moment the longest section in 10 miles, but there are plans to extend it all the way to the coast so watch this space.
4. Swansea Bike Path
For cycling by the sea, make sure you head to the Swansea Bike Path in Wales. This path offers a fun way to explore the wide sweeping bay of Swansea. The path is flat, tarmacked and covers 6 miles from the Swansea Marina to Mumbles. It is a beautiful, traffic free bike ride for all the family. There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way; whether for refreshment, a trip to Singleton Park or a paddle at Blackpill Lido.
5. Marriott’s Way
The Marriott’s Way in Norfolk follows two disused railway lines for 26 miles from Norwich to Aylsham. Covering large swathes of Norfolk’s countryside, this path is an excellent way to get out with the kids. The wildlife is diverse here, so keep your eyes peeled and see how many different critters you can spot. Owls, deer, butterflies and even otters have been spotted along this path. Why not pack your binoculars and camera to make the most of this day out.
Hi I’m Harriet, one of Snaptrip’s content team. My job is to scout out all the best places to go; and then share those secrets with you so you can have the perfect, fun-filled UK break. My favourite UK spot is the Cornish coast and I can’t resist a yearly trip to The Lizard. When I’m not crafting content you’ll find me escaping the city to go running in the countryside or wild swimming in the UK’s lovely rivers and lakes.