Summer is fast approaching, hopefully, and if you haven’t already you will probably start thinking about a family break or getaway for the summer. If you are used to jetting off in the sun during the holidays, it is easy to forget the beautiful destinations available here in the UK, and in Europe. From the beautiful beaches of Cornwall to the high mountains of Inverness, there are many destinations in the UK that are ready to be appreciated.
This year, why not try a family cycling holiday? We have picked some highly recommended cycling destinations in the UK, most of which are National Parks with have family friendly and traffic free routes as well as the priceless, amazing views!
1. Land’s End, Cornwall
There are also a number of beautiful destinations in and around Cornwall, perfect for cycling. One of many cycle routes in Cornwall is the Cornish Way. It forms part of the National Cycle Network (NCN), has a difficulty rating of Moderate and stretches a whopping length of 180 miles or 288km!
The trail runs from Land’s End, the western tip of Cornwall, all the way to Bude, on the Devon border towards the North and there is the option to choose between two alternative routes. One will take you through Padstow, (along the north coast) and the other will guide you through St. Austell (the south coast). Either way, you will be able to witness the breath-taking scenery!
Within the Cornish Way, there are also a number of smaller trails, including; the Engine House trail, the First and Last trail, the St. Piran trail, the North Cornwall trail and the Coast and Clay trail.
Visit the website of Cornwall Council for more information on cycling holidays in Cornwall.
2. Lon Las Cymru and Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Wales is the ideal place for a cycling break, as it is famous for its picturesque hills and valleys. Lon Las Cymru is another part of the NCN, also known as Route 8. It will guide you through the mountainous countryside of Brecon Beacons, one of three National Parks located in Wales, as well as Snowdonia. This route is a massive 253 miles long or 408 km and is recommended for the fit and able, particularly the challenging parts through Snowdonia.
There are numerous caravan parks, camping and glamping sites in and around Brecon Beacons, along with hundreds of other activities. From abseiling to water sports, there is bound to be something for everyone. Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales, located in Snowdonia National Park. Gwynedd recreational routes are also located in the national park and offer over 31 miles of picturesque and peaceful walking and cycling routes.
3. The Peak District, Derbyshire
The Peak District is a very popular destination among cyclists and other tourists. There is a range of cycle routes available for families with children, leisure cyclists, and those who love a challenge. The easy-going routes are level and traffic free, allowing you to ride and your own pace, alone or with family, and make for easy use of children’s bikes, pushchairs and wheelchairs. The trails here include; Monsal, Tissington, High Peak, Thornhill and Manifold, some of the most scenic routes in the Peak District.
For more advanced and experienced riders there or those who wish for a longer stay, there are multi-day routes located within the Park. The long-distance routes include the Pennine Cycleway, Pennine Bridleway and Tour de Peak District. If you don’t want the hassle of taking your own bikes on your holiday, you can also hire bikes and equipment whilst you are there.
For more information on accommodation and activities, please visit http://www.peakdistrict-cycling.com.
There are many websites that can help you plan and book your dream cycling holiday, whether alone or with family and friends. To name a few we have listed some of the most popular among tourists. Happy holidays!