Cycling has experienced somewhat of a boom in the last year or so, something which can quite possibly be attributed to the UK’s success on two wheels at London 2012.
Of course Britons have always enjoyed the humble bicycle, especially as children, but more and more we are seeing adults get back in the saddle. Whether it’s to avoid the fume-infested commute, a stuffy train or game of sardines on the tube, many of us are turning our travel plans into fresh air and sore thighs.
But what do you do with your bike at the weekend? Why hop back on it of course! Cycling to work is all well and good but why not take your two-wheeled friend for a holiday and pedal at your leisure? Still need some convincing? Here are five of the best cycling routes in Britain…
The wonderful West Country
Let’s start off with one that’s not for the faint of heart. It’s 240 miles of beautiful scenery, starting in Padstow Harbour and taking in the likes of Bodmin Moor (look out for the Beast of Bodmin), the Somerset levels and Glastonbury (watch out for festival-goers) – ending in Bristol.
If you’re looking for hotels in Bristol to rest your weary body after all that cycling, look no further than our Travelodge in the city centre.
The marvellous Millennium Coastal Park
A stunning 12-mile long coastline that is ideal for cyclists whatever their age, fitness or ability – this route boasts a purpose-built cycle path that is entirely traffic-free!
Once mere wasteland, this park was transformed into both natural and man-made beauty as a green area for everyone to enjoy, especially those on two wheels. You could even make a weekend of it by staying in one of our Llanelli hotels.
A route fit for a king (or queen)
Richmond to Hampton court is the stuff of bicycle royalty. Follow the winding Thames from picturesque Richmond to the historic Hampton Court, enjoying everything this route has to offer on the way. Pop into one (or four) of the many pubs on the way, stop for a bite to each or just soak up the atmosphere as you make your way past one of Britain’s most famous waterways.
Stay in one of our London hotels if you want to see everything the capital has to offer, with our Kingston Travelodge being the ideal place to lay your head after a leisurely cycle.
All aboard the Bristol and Bath Railway path
Linking a relaxing 13 miles of disused railway, this cycle route will take you from the hustle and bustle of Bristol to the wonderfully picturesque city of Bath. Take in villages such as Saltford, Mangotsfield and Warmley (all perfect places to stop for lunch or a drink) before cycling the final stretch right into the heart of Bath. After all that exercise, you’ll want to rest up at one of our Bath hotels.