Not only is cycling a way to improve your physical and mental health, but it’s also a great way to get outside and explore, whether it’s a historic city centre or an area of natural beauty.
We’ve compiled a list of the best cycling routes in the UK including cycle routes to explore a city, family-friendly bike routes, cycling routes with stunning scenery, and the best long-distance bike routes for those cyclists looking for a challenge.
Best City Cycling Routes in the UK
Richmond Park, London
The city bike route has a lot to offer ranging from family friendly rides to hills and loops for the cyclist looking for a challenge. You can plan your trip ahead of time on the Richmond Park website.
Cambridge City Centre
Due to its famously flat landscape, Cambridge is the UK’s cycling capital. With this bike route, you can make your way through the city’s centre and get a glimpse of its famous university colleges, library, museum and churches. Bike lights are required from sunset to sunrise, so your Curve Bike light & GPS tracker is your perfect partner on your ride.
Bridgewater Way, Manchester
This route is 1 of 6 cycleways Greater Manchester has to offer. Traffic-free and with plenty of access points, this leisure route will take you around this historical city. The route is an all-weather surface so it’s ideal for biking all year round, and is equipped with solar lighting to guide you through darker sections of the path.
Best Family-Friendly Bike Routes in the UK
Bristol to Bath Cycle Path
This 13-mile-long path connecting these two iconic cities is great for the whole family. Enjoy a flat, easy-to-navigate, traffic-free bike route. It’s lush with greenery, includes a variety of sculptures, and ideal stopping spots for snacks and breaks along the way.
Brockenhurst, New Forest
Just an hour’s drive from Newbury, the New Forest is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts with wild ponies, deer, cattle, and donkeys across the region. Brockenhurst is perfect for cycling families looking for safe and gentle off-road cycle routes.
Castle Archdale Family Cycle, County Fermanagh
This short 6-mile route in Northern Ireland on the shores of Lower Lough Erne will have you and the whole family exploring the 230 acres of forest and taking in the beautiful scenery. The easily navigable route has two starting options, either from the Marina in Castle Archdale Country Park or from Old Castle Archdale.
Best Scenic Cycling Routes in the UK
Camel Trail, Cornwall
Largely traffic-free, this 18-mile long cycle and pedestrian path cuts through a designated area of Outstanding Beauty for its scenic views and wildlife. Bike hire is available at various locations across the route.
Great Orme Cycling Route
This short, but scenic, 5-mile cycling route will have you cycling past some extraordinary views the region has to offer. The bike route takes you up and around the Great Orme, a protruding limestone headland in Llandudno.
This hidden gem will take you off the beaten track and is known as one of the best mountain biking spots in Wales. The all-ability bike trail will take you through the valley, over the Rhayader Tunnel Wildlife Trust Reserve, through the woods and countryside, and finishing at Craig Goch Dam. More adventurous riders can choose from 7 mountain bike routes.
Best Long-Distance Cycle Routes in the UK
Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon
This long-distance cycle route is for the more seasoned mountain biker. Spanning 25 miles, this route takes you through Brecon Beacons National park, former mining towns, and the quaint town of rural Brecon. If you’re looking for a ride with varied path types, including forest roads and a canal towpath, this is the ride for you.
The Settle Circular
This 39-mile loop from Settle in Yorkshire is a must for many cycling enthusiasts. Made famous by the Tour de France’s race through the region in 2014, this route is as challenging as it is scenic.
Loch an Eilein, Aviemore
This cycle route offers some of the best scenery the Scottish Highlands has to offer with still waters surrounded by hills and mountains. You’ll also pass a ruined castle on an island in Loch an Eilein. In addition to offering stunning views, this is also a family-friendly route.
Wherever you decide to venture on your next cycling trip, make sure you bring along your Curve Bike light & GPS tracker so you can ride with confidence using its intelligent brake light, keep an eye on your bike with Security Mode, which connects to the Vodafone smart app, and keep track of your progress and miles cycles with Ride Insights.