Don’t tell us the inspiration to tackle the nation has already subsided since the Olympics ended. We’re just getting started and while many think cycling is for summer, we couldn’t agree less. With mild autumn temperatures here, it’s the perfect time to get out on the road and pedal.
With such a wet summer, it is guaranteed that this years autumn colours will be better than ever so there is no better excuse to get out in the English countryside with your bike and experience the new season. Temperatures are still mild during the day, ideal for cycling long distances (just make sure you’ve got warm layers to put on when you stop).
These bike routes are recommended by Paralympic medallist Sarah Storey who trains across Britain in cycling and swimming. Get your wheels pumped up, pack your puncture kit (good to be prepared) and hit the hills!
Wick –> John O’Groats
Distance: 20 miles
Terrain: For those looking for a route in Scotland with some gorgeous scenery, this is the route to take. It’s only 20 miles, perfect for a day trip of cycling. Although you’ll have to organise for your UK car hire to pick you up in John O’Groats after the ride.
Okehampton –> Land’s End
Distance: 103 miles
Terrain: This route starts up on the northern side of Dartmoor National Park and follows the A30 south to Penzance. It’s incredibly scenic, especially when St Michael’s Mount appears. Cornwall has long been a favourite cycling destination in the UK. Tackle this route in one day (about 10.5 hours of cycling) or spread it out, stopping along the way.
Kyle of Sutherland –> Fort WilliamView larger map
Distance: 109 miles
Terrain: This route is best tackled over a couple of days if you want to take it easy. It starts up at Bonar Bridge where the Kyle of Sutherland flows into Dornoch Firth. These are the Scottish glens at their best. This route heads south, right alongside the Loch Ness so keep your eyes out for Nessie! The most challenging part is the climb up to Ben Nevis base camp.
Winnats Pass – Peak District
Distance: 1.6km (recommended to start from Castleton)
Terrain: This pass includes the most amazing gorge just a short distance from Manchester. It’s quad workout but the view from the top is well worth the pain it took to get there. It’s in the High Peak area of Derbyshire, just west of Castleton. The road winds around clefts in the landscape, bordered by limestone pinnacles. It has a 20% gradient and is off-limits to coaches, buses and other large vehicles so enjoy the room on the road.
Where are your favourite places to cycle in Britain, the world?