10 places to get on your bike

10 places to get on your bike

We’re starting to get all excited about the return of the Tour de Yorkshire on 29th April, and we’re going to celebrate the event’s second year by digging our bikes out of the garage and getting back in the saddle. So, to help you do the same, here are a few of our favourite cycle routes…

1. The Camel Trail, Cornwall

The Camel Trail follows an old railway line, and that means the whole of its 18 miles are blissfully hill-free. Perfect for those of you with mini Sir Bradleys in tow, it runs from windswept Bodmin to the foodie haven of Padstow.

2. The Tarka Trail, Devon

Pedal your way through the Devon scenery that inspired the Tarka the Otter stories with the 30 or so mile long Tarka Trail. Connecting Braunton and Meeth, the trail follows a disused railway line so it’s relatively easy going.

3. Nidderdale Greenway, North Yorkshire

At its most gorgeous during spring, this route takes you right over the 7 arch Nidd viaduct right at the beginning, and if you take it slowly you can admire the views across the treetops as you go. This 3 mile route finishes in historic Ripley.

4. The Sunshine Trail, Isle of Wight

If you’re planning to cycle the Wight, this 12 mile route takes you through the coastal resorts of Sandown and Shanklin, and apart from a couple of hills to test your fitness it’s mostly flat terrain.

5. The Somerset Levels

There’s something about Somerset that makes you feel like you’re truly off the beaten track, and the Somerset Levels are criss-crossed with cycle routes to help you to enjoy the landscape from the saddle. They say that Kind Alfred the Great once lived in the region, so enjoy!

6. The Exe Estuary Trail

You’ll often find a member of the Blue Chip team cycling their merry way along the brilliantly flat cycle route connecting Exeter, Exmouth and Dawlish on a sunny Sunday. With spectacular views across the river Exe, this 26 mile route’s mostly off-road, and it takes you through historic Topsham.

7. The Solar System Cycle Ride, York

This one’s got everything a good cycle route should have…pubs along the way, a nature reserve and a scale model of the Solar System spread across 6.4 miles. Make your way along what was once a busy railway line and take in the sights, including a steam-powered steam bridge.

8. Lanhydrock, Cornwall

You’ll find a whole choice of cycle trails in the estate surrounding Cornwall’s Lanhydrock House. There’s cycle hire on site, and the colour-coded trails range from easy to moderate. There’s even a skills area so you can practice before you set off on your two-wheeled adventure.

9. The Dartmoor Way, Devon

The hamlets and villages of Dartmoor National Park could have been made for cyclists looking for a laidback ride with plenty to see along the way, and this 95 mile circular route makes it easy to pick a section and see what you can see while you’re in the region.

10. The Red Squirrel Trail, Isle of Wight

One of the Wight’s most popular cycle routes, The Red Squirrel Trail’s family friendly and makes its way along gentle trails that are mostly nice and flat. This route follows what were once railway lines right through the countryside, and there are plenty of places for a sneaky pit stop.
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