The Very Best Cycle Routes In the UK (And Where to Find Them)

Cycling is a great way to boost our mental and physical wellbeing

But finding the best cycle routes can be tricky... 

Offering a Cycle To Work scheme is a great way to boost your employees' wellbeing, engagement and productivity!

As well as changing up their commute, your employees can use their bikes to get out and about on the weekends. Whether they like a gentle ride through the town or prefer more adventurous trails around the countryside, there's something for everyone.

But finding the perfect cycle route can be easier said than done. Busy roads, inaccessible pathways or simply not knowing the best cycle routes can be a barrier for your employees. And, considering there are so many benefits to riding a bike, it’s a shame that people might be put off before they even start.

But don’t worry, we’re here to help and steer you, and your employees, in the right direction.

 

PLANNING YOUR PERFECT RIDE

Britain is blessed with some stunning landscapes and luckily, most of them can be enjoyed on two wheels.

Whether your employees have just purchased a bike for exercise or signed up to your Cycle To Work scheme, a bike doesn’t just have to be used just for commuting – there’s so many exciting cycling adventures just waiting to be explored!

To give you a head start on where to find the best cycling routes for you and your employees, we’ve found the best guides and websites for cycling routes, so you don’t have to!

SUSTRANS CYCLE ROUTES

Sustrans offer a comprehensive online database of routes for cyclists of every level; from the complete novices all the way through to the die-hard two-wheel fanatics.

Along with a handy-to-use interactive map showing all the major cycle routes in the UK, they also have a database of all major and minor routes, too; meaning you can find something wherever you are, even if you’ve just picked up cycling! 

CYCLINGUK.ORG

Like Sustrans, Cycling UK have a wealth of routes to choose from all over the country; along with guides and ‘Great Rides’ features, too.

However, if you’re looking for more than just local or national cycle routes for your weekend bike rides, the site also covers the whole world of cycling in the UK; including events, charity bike events, reviews, insurance and general advice.

If you’re just starting out on your cycling adventure, it’s certainly a great place to start.

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LET’S RIDE

Let’s Ride is a cycling festival supported by British Cycling but also has a website which has a simply enormous database of cycle routes which you can search, add to and even leave your own reviews. They also have an app you can download so you can navigate your chosen routes on the move – nice hey!

Another cool feature is that members risk-assess the routes featured. If you’re a novice bike rider or exploring a route you’re not familiar with, you can ride easy knowing it’s been checked and verified as a suitable route for bikes and cyclists.

The National Trust

Want to explore the great British countryside on your bike? Then head across to the National Trust’s cycling website, which gives visitors the chance to explore historical sites or areas of outstanding natural beauty on two wheels.

And, it’s not just historical country estates and lush rolling vistas you can explore! If you love your big and small-screen action, the site also features locations where movies and TV shows have been filmed. What better day out than exploring Game of Thrones’ Winterfell or taking a windswept ride through Poldark country?

FANCY A BIT MORE OF A CHALLENGE?

Of course, there will be readers out there who will be up for more than just a gentle Sunday bike ride! Luckily, there are plenty of cycling events you can try – either to raise money for charity, to challenge yourself, or simply for the sheer fun of it!

Evans Cycles sponsor the national RIDE IT events across the UK; with bike-related challenges to suit every ability.

You can also visit the UK Cycling Events website to browse any and all cycling events across the UK – be they just for fun rides in scenic locations, to competitive speed trials and cross-country challenges.

So, what are you waiting for?! Get out there and start enjoying everything the humble bike has to offer.

 

HOW TO GET STARTED:

Cycle To Work schemes are a great way to support your employees wellbeing while saving money – win win! If you’re interested in offering a cycle to work scheme for your employees, get in touch with our experts today. They can help guide you through the process and how it can benefit you and your employers.

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