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From the craggy coast of Cornwall to magnificent switchbacks of the Peak District and from the flat fens of Norfolk to the undulating South Downs, cycling in England is unbelievably varied. The country has 10 national parks, and 34 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, each offering utterly different riding landscapes. A vast network of quiet country lanes link every village and town whilst disused railways whisk cyclists along a hidden, traffic-free labyrinth over viaducts and through historic tunnels. 


From the most punishing, world-renowned climbs to blissful, flat rides past nature reserves, there are near-infinite cycle routes in England for every mood, ability and location. Country parks, reservoirs and old railways provide excellent family-friendly adventures whilst rolling hills, ambitious mountain trails and deep valleys provide training grounds for keen roadies. Wherever you ride, you’re never far from pubs, cafes and, often, train stations, allowing you to craft your ride any way you like.


Top 20 cycling routes in England

    1
    Difficult
    03:18
    29.5 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    2
    Intermediate
    02:19
    23.6 mi
    10.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  • 3
    Intermediate
    02:13
    22.6 mi
    10.2 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    Easy
    01:37
    15.6 mi
    9.6 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    5
    Intermediate
    02:45
    27.8 mi
    10.1 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    6
    Intermediate
    02:38
    26.0 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Easy
    01:32
    15.0 mi
    9.8 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    8
    Intermediate
    01:52
    18.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    9
    Intermediate
    01:27
    13.1 mi
    9.1 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    Intermediate
    01:57
    13.0 mi
    6.6 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Intermediate
    02:05
    19.5 mi
    9.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    12
    Intermediate
    01:39
    10.2 mi
    6.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    13
    Difficult
    04:25
    43.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    14
    Intermediate
    02:21
    24.8 mi
    10.5 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    Intermediate
    03:04
    32.3 mi
    10.5 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    16
    Difficult
    06:59
    72.5 mi
    10.4 mph
    3,400 ft
    3,400 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    17
    Difficult
    02:16
    19.1 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    18
    Difficult
    02:07
    17.7 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    19
    Difficult
    06:28
    64.3 mi
    9.9 mph
    3,175 ft
    3,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    20
    Difficult
    03:17
    32.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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