Britain's best cycling holidays

Inspired by the Tour de France, Liz Barrett decided to go on her very own Tour de Britain, to discover five of our best cycling holidays

29th July 2009


For off-road cycling bliss, head to the Camel Trail. Credit ©Getty

Take a self-guided tour to showcase the best that Cornwall has to offer. Weave your way into traditional fishing villages, navigate over moorland, balance along cliff-tops and take in some of the county’s best-known landmarks. Accommodation, luggage transfer and detailed route maps for each day are all taken care of prior to the start of your journey – all you have to do is pedal.


Southern England

Why not try cycling from Bristol along the off road Bristol to Bath cycle path? Credit: Getty

See England at its very best on a cycling tour around and through some of the country’s most famous landmarks and towns, including Stonehenge, the spa city of Bath, Blenheim Palace, the chocolate-box villages of the Cotswolds, Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford.


Keep one eye on the road and one on the view, because you won’t want to miss a second of scenery on a tour through Suffolk. One minute you could be cycling along coastline, the next whizzing by heaths, via nature reserves, forests and rivers. Each one a myriad of colours, sights and sounds. All rides are escorted by a cycle tour leader.

Wales/English border

Drink in the views and fresh coastal air. Ah bliss...Credit: Getty

This cycling holiday features a side order of vegetarianism! Combining great exercise and a rewarding post-pedal feast of vegetarian food – using home-grown organic fruit and veg and local produce where possible – the tours travel along the Pembrokeshire coastline, through Snowdonia and the historic border between Wales and England. Meat eaters are also welcome.


East Lothian

Pedal across an empty beach in East Lothian. Credit: Getty

Pedal at your leisure across the picturesque beaches and past historic castles and peaceful villages on a two-wheel trip through the stunning Scottish county of East Lothian. With a range of tours on offer from the Beach Bum (a leisurely ride around the county, stopping at some of its finest beaches) to the Whisky Trail (an inland cycle that winds its way to the famous local whisky distillery of Glenkinchie – just be careful on the way home!), there’s something to suit pedallers of all ages and abilities. All routes are available with or without a guide, and are customisable.



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