Five of the best bike rides in Britain

Natasha Hayes reveals why you should swap four wheels for two this August

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 Make use of the wonderful cycle paths that crisscross Britain this August and explore the countryside by bike. Enjoy the fresh air and discover magnificent scenery in places you would never find in the car.

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Cycle through 18 miles of stunning countryside along a disused railway line between Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. Stop-off at one of the seaside towns of country villages along the way and quench your thirst in a pub or visit one of the wildlife and landscape attractions.
 
Located on the Kennet and Avon cycle path, this 8mile, canal side route is perfect for families. The terrain is level and views of the countryside are inspiring. Pass the aqueducts at Dundas and Avoncliff and see the swans at Bathampton.
 
Cycle between Barmouth and the outskirts of Dolgellau, along the edge of the beautiful Mawddach estuary and through two Sites of Special Scientific Interest – the Penmaenpool Reedbed and the Arthog Bog. This 9.5mile ride along a disused railway is perfect for exploring Wales. 
 
Take this beautiful route from Whitby to Scarborough and enjoy some of Yorkshire’s best scenery. Pass Robin Hood’s Bay, Hayburn Wyke and the Larpool viaduct on this stunning 22mile ride.
 
Found in the Glentress forest, this short but sweet 3mile route has some stunning views of Peebles, the Tweed valley and surrounding hills. Travel back in time and stop at the reconstruction of an Iron Age house at the end of the cycle path.