Best bike trails across the UK

News & Guides 2018-8-23
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Our ultimate guide to the best bike trails the UK has to offer.

If you love nothing more than getting your bike out, helmet strapped on and packed lunch in your bag on a weekend then don’t go anywhere. Here at Hitachi Personal Finance, we have put our heads together to bring you the ultimate guide of the best bike trails in the UK.

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East End to East Boldre, Hampshire

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 9 Miles

This lovely trail is perfect for those who are new to cycling and are looking to gain some experience before moving on to more challenging routes.

This trail is only 9 miles long and will take you past rustic pubs (where you can stop off for a cheeky tipple), through the village green and then on to where many of Admiral Nelson’s ships were contrasted in the 1800s. If you fancy a little break from cycling then catch a boat ride along the river before getting back on your bike.

With so many things to do on your way, this trail is ideal for culture vultures with a love of clean country air.

Hawkhill Trail, Hampshire

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 10 Miles

This trail is a lovely easy ride for those whose main priority is enjoying the scenery. With no roads or traffic, this route if perfect for everyone from beginners to families.

Beginning at Round Hill Campsite, you will journey through Beaulieas Airfield with its Second World War past clearly visible. You will also travel through some amazing areas of the New Forest where you can stop off at a nice spot to enjoy refreshments before carrying on to pass the New Copse Railway cottage, Pignall and Parhill Inclosures, Denny Wood and the finally back to the airfield and hangers.

This trail is mainly shaded so is suitable for hot days and, once you have completely worn yourself out, there are plenty of gasto–pubs to enjoy a well-earned dinner.

Ullswater, Lake District

Difficulty: Medium
Length: 8 Miles

Don’t let the deceptively short distance fool you as this trail can be somewhat of a challenge. Set out in the idyllic Lake District, this route will take you past one of the UK’s most beautiful lakes. You will then pass through to a tourist-free zone which leads onto an uphill climb towards Ullswater. However, to get there, you will need to ride down an adrenaline-fuelled descent towards Boredale Valley.

If you still fancy a bit of adventure and fun after this exhilarant bike trail, then why not check out what else the Lake District has to offer? From its numerous attractions such as the Treetop Trek and Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, to a more casual stroll, you’ll be glad you came.

Gunnerside Gill, Yorkshire Dales

Difficulty: Medium
Length: 11 Miles

This trail is a fantastic ride for those of you who enjoy a challenge as the loose gravel is a tricky to navigate. However, don’t let this put you off as the picturesque scenery of the Yorkshire Dales is well worth it. 

Unlike some of the other trails this one does not finish with a downhill descent but an uphill climb. Be wary of the occasional landslip so getting off your bike and walking a short distance to avoid these may be the safer option.

There is also so much to explore in the Dales once you have complete your trail such as the Wensleydale Cheese Factory (a firm favourite of Wallace & Gromit) or an afternoon stroll around Malham Cove.

Now this one is for you adrenaline seekers out there…

Rhyd Ddu, Snowdon, Wales

Difficulty: Hard
Length: 14.7 Miles

For the more experience rider looking for a challenge, this is the route for you. The ride starts in Llanberis where, after an uphill climb to the summit of Snowdon it’s all downhill… literally.

The descent is down the Rhyd Ddu path - the toughest bridleway on Snowdon - so keep your wits about you. You will be cycling along the top of a 350m drop before having to descend down over hundreds of boulders all the way to the village situated at the bottom.

On the upside, the views are incredible and once you’ve made it to the bottom, you can treat yourself to a drink in one of the local pubs… you’ve definitely earned it!

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Hitachi Hints and Tips is intended to be informative and interesting. It does not constitute financial advice, and you should always do further research when making any financial decisions. All information was correct at date of publication.


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