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Best of British cycling cities

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Best of British cycling cities

Bike Touring Collection by komoot

10

Tours

31:13 h

302 mi

10,525 ft

Britain has every kind of cycling you could dream of. From gentle riversides to mountain climbs, rocky bridleways to smooth lanes, city centres to national park adventures, and everything in between, you truly are spoiled for choice.

In a recent Komoot poll the UK voted Cardiff as their favourite cycling city followed by Newcastle, Plymouth, Birmingham, London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Bristol, Glasgow, and Norwich, respectively.

In this Collection we take a closer look at our top 10 and suggest one red-hot ride to try in every city. Starting from a central train station, every Tour follows cycle paths or bike-friendly roads for the most part and, where possible, sticks to traffic-free trails. The Highlights come thick-and-fast, too.

The routes in this Collection are suitable for any type of bike. However, if you have thin road tyres, it might be worth changing to a 37mm-40mm gravel tyre. Whilst some of these rides are challenging, if you have average fitness, you will be fine. None of these Tours take you into the back-and-beyond and food-and-drink opportunities are plentiful.

Ultimately, there is no better way to explore your city and its surroundings than on a bike. Hopefully, this Collection inspires you to get outside and discover.

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Tours & Highlights

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    1. Cardiff — Best of British cycling cities

    Intermediate
    03:25
    33.2 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Expect mighty castle views, beautiful riverside riding, and a flavour of urban, rural, and coastal Wales on this stunning stage.

    

    With 33.2 miles of distance and 1,400 feet of elevation gain, this is a fairly challenging ride.

    

    However, as the Tour follows well-maintained cycleways and country lanes for

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    22.5 mi
    10.1 mph
    600 ft
    725 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This terrific Tyneside Tour explores both sides of the mighty River Tyne on its way to the North Sea and visits some of Newcastle’s most iconic attractions.

    

    Following well-surfaced cycle routes for the most part, and with no hills of note, this 22.5-mile ride is leisurely and packed with interest. The

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  • Difficult
    03:31
    33.1 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Breathtaking coastal views combine with the delightful Devon countryside and the idyllic expanse of Dartmoor National Park on this much-contrasting ride.

    

    With 33.1 miles of distance and 2,150 feet of elevation gain this is a more challenging ride and a good level of fitness is required.

    

    Leave the station

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  • Intermediate
    02:25
    21.6 mi
    8.9 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This leisurely loop explores the historic canal network of Birmingham along tree-lined and traffic-free waterside trails.

    

    With 21.6 miles of distance and 550 feet of elevation gain, this is an easygoing Tour that is perfect for all abilities.

    

    From Birmingham New Street Station, you head onto National

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    35.2 mi
    9.9 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you thought cycling in London meant crowded streets, traffic jams, and concrete jungles, think again. This ride showcases a greener, gentler, and surprisingly rural-feeling side of England’s capital city.

    

    With 35.3 miles of distance and 825 feet of elevation gain, this is a reasonably challenging

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  • Difficult
    03:16
    26.6 mi
    8.2 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This Tour is the perfect taste of ‘urban gravel’ riding, taking you to places around Leeds where city, country, peace, and exhilaration go hand-in-hand.

    

    With 26.6 miles of distance and 800 feet of elevation gain, this ride is not too taxing. However, if you want to tackle the bike park, you will need

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  • Easy
    01:22
    13.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    450 ft
    425 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This superb sightseeing Tour explores the historic city of Edinburgh, the port of Leith, and Portobello Beach, all on easygoing cycleways.

    

    With 13.7 miles of distance and 450 feet of elevation gain, this ride can easily be completed in under 90 minutes and is a great way to tick-off the attractions. Alternatively

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  • Intermediate
    04:54
    48.0 mi
    9.8 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,100 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Expect chalky-white bridleways, wide gravel byways, quiet country lanes, and picturesque riverside paths on this all-day bonanza, which showcases the bounty of brilliant riding Bristol has to offer.

    

    Taking you along the Cotswold Way, the stunning bridleways of Castle Combe, down the Fosse Way bridleway

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  • Intermediate
    02:21
    24.4 mi
    10.4 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This Tour takes you from the heart of Glasgow on picturesque cycle paths besides peaceful rivers, rural canals, and lochsides.

    

    With 24.4 miles of distance and 575 feet of elevation gain this is a leisurely ride that follows well-maintained cycleways for the most part, many of which are traffic-free. As

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  • Intermediate
    04:13
    44.0 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This ride explores the historic city of Norwich, winds through the picturesque Norfolk countryside, and dips into the Broads National Park, where wildlife thrives and beauty is abundant.

    

    A good level of fitness and stamina is required for this ride, which is 44 miles (70.8 km) long with 1,100 feet (335

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    302 mi
  • Duration
    31:13 h
  • Elevation
    10,525 ft

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