It certainly hasn’t been the driest of summers so far but we’re adamant to enjoy the outdoors no matter what the weather has in store for us; wrap up warm with our men and women’s country clothing and throw your family into one of these extraordinary cycling trails this summer!
Bristol to Bath
You can hire bike’s near Temple Meads train station where the trail begins, stretching 13 miles to the beautiful city of Bath, this track is definitely one not to be missed. Enjoy the car-free terrain with numerous industrial and historic archaeological sites dotted throughout. There are an abundance of little cafes and pubs such as the Avon Valley Railway café and the Bird in Hand, perfect for replenishing energy levels while keeping on route. If a cuppa or a tasty bite to eat doesn’t suffice, there is also the added bonus of being able to get the train back.
The Monsal and Tissington trails, through the peak district, follow disused railway tracks meaning they are traffic free and make the perfect family cycle outing. There are many disused railway buildings which are now converted into little cafes for drinks and refreshments on the journey or a small detour can take you to a delicious pub lunch. The main attraction comes from the picturesque scenery that makes up the peak district, with gorgeous views of valleys and viaducts with inclines boasting views over the whole of the district, it is sure to be an adventure that will capture your heart! The Tissington trail is slightly longer with more inclines but still offers a pleasant ride for all the family.
The Camel Trail – Cornwall
Spanning 29km of beautiful Cornish Countryside running from Padstow to Bodmin, the Camel trail has something for everyone, whether you’re after a care-free cycle or a more strenuous ride. The old railway runs alongside the coastline and the stunning sea-views are just one of the highlights of this trail. There are many places along the route to stop off for a famous Cornish pasty or cream tea. Dependant on stamina, you can go the full length or a particular favourite is the part between Wadebridge and Padstow which would make an 18km round trip, perfect for a warm summer’s day.
East London Canals
The Borris Bike scheme that runs through-out London is great for a hassle-free family day out. The bikes can be taken along the picturesque canals in East London and with the cute shops, café’s and chilled musicians playing alongside the water, it makes for a perfect day of cycling. Start your ride from Westferry station and cycle past the iconic Victoria Park. You can even stop off at Hackney’s broadway market for some delicious treats to refuel for the 5-mile return journey.
Devon Coast to Coast
99 miles in length and covering the beautiful beaches and estuaries of North Devon as well as the vast landscapes of Dartmoor, this trail is not one for the faint-hearted. The whole trail is estimated to take 2-3 days, dependant on speed and fitness and how well your two-wheeled friend can handle the off-road parts. Of course, you can choose to only tackle parts of Devon’s coastal track, if you don’t fancy yourself as an avid cyclist; a particular highlight are the picturesque views near Petrockstowe, with plenty of pubs dotted throughout.
The Great Glen Way - Scotland
Between Inverness and Fort William, this 79-mile coastal mountain biking trail boasts some of the most idyllic landscapes of Scotland. However, it is better designed for a more experienced cyclist due to it being mainly off road, made up of tracks through forests, canal towpath and cycle path. It is recommended that you take a mountain bike to tackle this trail although some parts are fine for a road bike. The trail can be completed in two days, with a recommended overnight stop in Fort Augustus, a historic and scenic hamlet halfway between Inverness and Fort William.
If you are looking for other ideas for things to do in the Summer, take a look at our Country Pursuits guide, and take part in some traditional British country activities!