5 of the Best British Cycling Routes to Explore This Summer

August 5, 2020

Summer is here, and while the British weather is typically up and down, it looks like things are starting to brighten up again. There are few activities in life as relaxing and exhilarating as cycling in nice sunny weather. Away from the hustle and bustle of urban city centres, Britain is no stranger to stunning locations.

We have rounded up some of the best cycling routes in Britain for you to visit this summer…

1. Hadrian’s Cycleway

First up on our list is the historical Hadrian’s Cycleway. This route is an incredible 174 miles long and commences in the Cumbrian village of Ravenglass. Hadrian’s Cycleway is known for its iconic features that make up some of Britain’s past, including the famous Hadrian’s Wall and Roman forts. Cyclists can also expect to come across stunning coastal environments, quaint villages and market towns that deliver a true Northern experience. This is a journey that you can really make the most of, so set a few days aside to experience all the attractions and views that are available. Places you’ll visit on the Hadrian’s Cycleway route includes Maryport, Carlisle, Hexham and Prudhoe. The final lap of the trip takes place in Newcastle before concluding in South Shields.

2. The Camel Trail, Cornwall

While we can’t promise any actual camels here, the Camel Trail is the perfect opportunity to explore the gorgeous Cornish countryside. The route is 18 miles long and you won’t come across any cars on the journey, providing the perfect choice for cyclists and pedestrians. The route gets its name from the River Camel which runs alongside. Following the trail of a disused railway line, the journey begins at the fishing town of Padstow. It will pass-through Wadebridge and Camel Valley before finishing at Bodmin. As well as stunning views, you may be able to catch a sight at some wildlife animals such as otters, kingfishers and bats. Other attractions include local shops and eateries, as well as the woodlands and vineyards at Camel Valley.

3. The Great North Trail

One of the best long-distance routes that you can venture on in the country is the Great North Trail. A fairly recent newcomer to British cycling routes, this journey is an incredible 800 miles long. The Great North Trail has everything from rolling hills to old Roman roads and windswept moorlands. You will even come across some crumbling castles and beautiful waterfalls. The first part of the trail starts at Middleton Top and takes you on a journey through the gorgeous scenery of the Peak District and the South Pennines. Other locations include the Yorkshire Dales and Kielder Forest before moving onwards to the very top of the island at Scotland’s John o’ Groats. This eight-part adventure is bound to take you a while, so be sure to prepare everything you need for the journey and get yourself ready for a sightseeing trip like no other.

4. The Lakeland Loop, Lake District

The Lake District is without a doubt one of the best destinations in the country for a day out or a short, relaxing break. It’s an area that is known for incredible scenery, wildlife and culture. Therefore, the Lakeland Loop is certainly a beautiful cycling route that you won’t want to miss. Once voted as the best bike ride in Britain, this route combines a cycling challenge with breathtaking views. Part of the Lakeland Loop features the Wrynose Pass, a mountain pass that is known for its steep gradients and providing cyclists with the opportunity to navigate one of the country’s toughest climbs.

5. The North Coast 500, Scotland

If you’ve ever wanted to explore the Scottish Highlands, then this is the route for you! At 500 miles, the North Coast 500 was launched five years ago and allows you to take in the very best of the north coast of Scotland. Starting and ending in Inverness, the views on this trip are exactly why cycling can be such an incredible experience. It can usually take anywhere from one to two weeks to complete this route. The route will take you to destinations such as Lochcarron, Durness, Dingwall and John o’ Groats, to name but a few.

We hope that your cycling trip is fun and safe. However, if you do become involved in an accident, please don’t hesitate to start your claim. We are here to make sure you get the support and compensation that you need and deserve. View our bicycle accident compensation calculator to see how much you could claim.