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Cycling in the United Kingdom

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With four countries, 15 national parks and landscapes ranging from behemoth mountains and vast moorlands to low-lying fens and rolling countryside, cycling in the UK is always a wonderful adventure. An archipelago, you can explore the vast coastline with ease, from Cornwall’s stunning cliffs to Scotland’s mountain-backed beaches. The country is packed with quiet lanes and charming villages too, so it’s not hard to leave the traffic behind and pedal from place to place in peace. 


Hundreds of miles of traffic-free cycle paths exist thanks to converted railway lines as well as canal towpaths, so flat, car-free routes are everywhere. You’ll find plenty of family-friendly cycle routes in the UK, as well as long-distance National Cycle Network (NCN) routes and other designated trails to explore. With an abundance of train stations as well as cafes and pubs, you can reach rides easily and always find a bite to eat.


Top 20 cycling routes in the United Kingdom

    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
    02:16
    13.9 mi
    6.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    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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    11
    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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    12
    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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    13
    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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    14
    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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    15
    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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    16
    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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    17
    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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    18
    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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    19
    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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    20
    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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