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There aren’t many better ways to experience picture-perfect scenery than on a UK cycling holiday, so we have collated 5 of our favourites for you.

From the challenging climbs of the Peak District and Lake District to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, there is certain to be a UK cycling location just perfect for you. Ditch the car and opt for two wheels as you take in luscious greenery, golden sands and world-famous landmarks on your UK cycling holiday.

Find 5 of the best places to cycle in the UK below…

1. Lake District

coniston fells lake district

The Lake District is known as being one of the finest spots for outdoor activities in the UK, and cycling is no exception. With its plethora of peaks and fells showcasing scenery of the highest order, it is undoubtedly one of the best places to cycle in the UK.

You are sure to find a Lake District cycle path to suit your ability, from the easier Grizedale Forest perfect for families, to the challenging Helvellyn for the more avid cyclist. A cycling holiday in the Lake District isn’t all about natural beauty, you can explore charm-filled towns and villages on two wheels too – take the marvellous trail from Kendal to Windermere and see for yourselves.

Lovers of the great outdoors can also check out our guide to walking in the Lake District.

Stay at… Winster Cottage (Ref. 1004396), Grange-over-Sands

winster cottage

Sleeps: 5

Price: 7 nights from £413

Pets: No

Bring your friends and family along to this contemporary-meets-traditional holiday cottage, perched on the southern fringes of the Lake District National Park within Grange-over-Sands.

Sleeping up to 5, Winster Cottage is perfectly placed for your next action-packed cycling break, while also offering a heart-warming setup to return to at the end of the day. The interior boasts rustic wooden beams and exposed stone work as well as an alluring woodburning stove, all contrasting with stylish flooring and kitchen units.

The cottage boasts a sizeable lawn wrapped in luscious scenery, and offers lockable storage for your bikes when you’re not out exploring this divine area. A welcoming home to return to each action-packed day.

2. Cotswolds

cotswolds way footpath

There is no better way to explore the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds than by bicycle, with a network of paths and trails meandering through luscious landscapes and renowned quaint villages.

Picturesque sights appear wherever you choose to go, whether that be uplifting greenery or a chocolate-box village lined with honey-coloured stone buildings. You will also be spoilt for choice with places to stop for a bite to eat, including delightful tea rooms, or for your very own picnic surrounded by jaw-dropping views.

If you’re choosing the Cotswolds for your next UK cycling holiday, be sure to take advantage of our handy Cotswolds Travel Guide to get your inspiration.

Stay at… Rainforest Chapel (Ref. 938318), Ruspidge near Cinderford

Rainforest Chapel

Sleeps: 4

Price: 7 nights from £418

Pets: 2 welcome

As the name suggests, this property has been converted from the old village chapel to offer tasteful accommodation for 4 in the Gloucestershire countryside.

Enjoy spacious open-plan combining charming wooden features with modern hints, while comfortable seating and an electric fire add that cosy touch while tucking into your welcome hamper. Rainforest Chapel rests in a superb location for outdoor lovers seeking opportunities, with the Wye Valley AONB, Forest of Dean and the magnificent Cotswolds AONB right on your doorstep.

As well as being a hot spot for outdoor activity, also discover a choice of towns steeped in historic architecture and attractions for all to enjoy.

3. Cornwall

cornwall coastline

On your next UK cycling break, Cornwall should be right near the top of your list, offering a little bit of everything along the way.

As well as far-reaching countryside making the perfect holiday snaps, choose to venture along Cornwall’s magnificent stretch of the South West Coast Path. Dramatic cliffs offer views as far as the eye can see, and you can even stop off at one of many glistening beaches for a rest and an ice cream.

For more ideas on what to see and do on your visit to this remarkable UK cycling location, make the most of our things to do in Cornwall guide.

Stay at… 2 Southern Place (Ref. 1000130), Dobwalls

2 Southern Place

Be at one with nature from the comfort of this high-quality, luxury lodge in the countryside. close to Dobwalls centre. 2 Southern Places comes wrapped in leafy greenery, making the perfectly rural retreat for 2.

Put your feet up in the classy open-plan living area when you’re not out on your 2-wheeled adventure, or snuggle up in the cinema room for a night of movies and snacks. If the weather is up to it, you can even make the most of your own balcony set above the property.

This impressive holiday lodge rests right in the heart of Cornwall, allowing you to experience the luscious countryside with ease on your UK cycling break.

4. North York Moors

glaisdale north york moors

The astonishing North York Moors offers the perfect spot for some scenery-filled cycling. Cycling breaks of all kinds can be enjoyed here, from a fun-filled adventure with the kids to an adrenaline-pumping mountain bike ride.

Dust off your gear and get pedaling across the country roads, forest trails, bridleways and even disused railway tracks for something a little different. The former train line between Scarborough and Whitby takes in the coastal beauty in the finest fashion, while the area surrounding fascinating Whitby is packed with sights and attractions.

During your cycling break in the area, see if you can discover one of Yorkshire’s hidden gems.

Stay at… Larksbay View (Ref. 985343), Marske-by-the-Sea

Larksbay View

Overlooking the stunning coastline at Marske-by-the-Sea, Larksbay View is a pristine first-floor apartment hosting up to four guests. Seaside-themed touches can be found throughout the property, reminding you of its idyllic coastal location.

Admire seascapes from the comfort of the bright sofas, where a bay window also floods the room with natural light making it a calming place to relax. 2 light and airy double beds provide ideal accommodation for couples seeking an unforgettable cycling break in North Yorkshire.

Cycle south from this immaculate apartment to reveal the North York Moors National Park – enjoy both stunning moorland as well as striking coastline on your cycling break.

5. Peak District

ladybower reservoir peak district

Add a little something extra to your UK cycling holiday by heading to the glorious Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. Spot rare wildlife, learn about intriguing history and uncover some of the UK’s finest natural landmarks as well as admiring all manner of awe-striking scenery in the Peak District.

Make the most of an abundance of peaks and valleys making this a cycling hot spot, in and around which you can discover a choice of fascinating caverns and marketing towns bursting with charm.

Take a look at our very own Peak District Travel Guide to get recommendations for the best places to stay, things to do and how to get to the Peak District.

Stay at… Church Quarters (Ref. 1009934), Matlock

church quarters

This former church has been restored to provide stylish and modern accommodation for families and couples alike looking to explore the cycling opportunities of the Peak District.

A plethora of contemporary fixtures and fittings are complimented by the church’s original stained glass windows and Gothic arches. A zip/link bedroom adds a touch of flexibility to guests, while the sitting area offers the perfect spot for all to gather around the TV after a cycling expedition throughout the nearby National Park.

Make Church Quarters the alluring holiday home from which to base your next cycling break in the UK.

Have a browse through our entire range of UK cycling holidays, and use our activity holiday guide for even more outdoor inspiration.

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