Top ten UK weekend road cycling getaway destinations
TOP TEN UK WEEKEND ROAD CYCLING DESTINATIONS
For The Family
Cycling is the perfect escape for all the family, and is a great way to keep active and see what beauty the UK has to offer. With the weather warming and spring just around the corner, there is no better time to start planning a family weekend with the bikes, and there are numerous road cycling destinations here in the UK.
NEW FOREST, HAMPSHIRE
ISLE OF WIGHT
The simple fact of having to go on a boat to get to the Isle of Wight makes travelling here for a family cycling weekend that bit more exciting. Once the journey has been completed, the combination of plentiful accommodation, quiet roads and pretty landscapes from the sea to the rolling hills in-land, make the Isle of Wight a must-visit location for family trips. With a great mix of on-road and off-road cycling routes, your next family cycling weekend might well be to the Isle of Wight. The Isle can be also be cycled around relatively easily too, and the 65 mile round journey can be tackled in a day or two.
For The View
Rolling hill scenes, wide open sea-scape vistas and chocolate-box villages, the UK has it all in plentiful supply which means you are never too far from your next ride with an epic view.
JURASSIC COAST, DOREST AND EAST DEVON
A wild area of Britain with an even wilder name, the Jurassic coast lives up to its namesake. With rocks and fossils dating back to between 250 and 65 million years scattering the entire 95 mile stretch of coastline, a cycling weekend here is not just beautiful, but a walk through time. Many routes within the National Cycle Network run along the Jurassic Coast, all with unforgettable views of the English Channel and epic, rocky coastline. A sight not to miss is the world-famous Durdle Door sea arch from the clifftop above. Spectacular views combined with challenging and fun riding make the Jurassic Coast an epic weekend cycling getaway.
For The Climb
The challenge of a climb is what it’s all about for some cyclists, and there are plenty of demanding routes in Britain that test even the most experienced of cyclists. Here are two of our favourite climbs the UK has to offer.
HARDKNOTT PASS, LAKE DISTRICT
BWICH-Y-GROES, DINAS MAWDDWY, GWYNEDD, SNOWDONIA
Height gain: 385m
Approx. climb time: 23mins
Named Hellfire Pass by the English due to its unforgiving toughness, Bwlch-y-Groes basks in its reputation of being one of the UK’s more gruelling climbs. Placed in the Aran Mountains on the edge of Snowdonia, the views are of outstanding natural beauty – the climbing, however, is not. With an immediate steep start of around 25% gradient, Bwlch-y-Groes takes no prisoners before presenting you with a very long and very steep section which sets this climb truly apart from others in Great Britain.
Situated on the South East edge of Snowdonia, this area makes for a picture-perfect weekend cycling getaway, especially if you’re looking for challenging climbs. The areas popularity with regards to everything ‘out-doors’ means that a friendly welcome will be received, and the hearty traditional Welsh cuisine will be sure to keep you sustained throughout your trip.
For The Wild
Getting truly away from civilisation and normality can feel difficult sometimes, however some of the most wild and remote ridable roads can be found in Great Britain, you just need to find them. We show you two super secluded spots where you can really go on an adventure.
OUTER HEBRIDES, SCOTLAND
EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK, DEVON
Around a three and half hour journey from London, Exmoor National Park offers the wild within a reachable distance. Some of the UK’s most exceptional Moorland, you could easily cycle for the whole day and not meet another person on your journey. Gruelling and steep routes add to Exmoor’s wildness which can challenge riders of all abilities. Testing events are also organised including the Porlock Hill Climb and the Exmoor Beast which celebrate the wild side to Exmoor whilst delivering a tough but great ride.
For The Great Cycling Experience
Some roads are made great by the passing through of the most famous races in history. Some are great purely from the way they twist and muscle through a landscape that is truly astonishing. Here in the UK, we can indefinitely claim two of these rare roads, Great Dun Fell and Bealach-na-Ba.
GREAT DUN FELL, KNOCK, CUMBRIA
Arguably the greatest climb in England and often regarded to as our Mont Ventoux due to the radar station that summits the arduous climb, Great Dun Fell lives up to the ‘Great’ in its name. Brutal from the start, this climb ranges from 20%-25% gradient and is 7.45km. The Great Dun Fell is not the faint hearted and takes a lot of stamina, but once accomplished, the views are as great as the road itself and the sense of achievement is unrivalled. Situated in the North Pennines area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the area around Great Dun Fell delivers endless great riding opportunities making it an ultimate weekend cycling getaway.
BEALCH-NA-BA, APPLECROSS, HIGHLANDS