Here are three of our favourite cycle trails in the UK:
Situated in the South Pennines, Calderdale has steep valleys, affording challenging climbs and descents. Calderdale is an ideal location for road cycling or mountain biking, resembling the Alps or Pyrenees but on a much smaller scale. Calderdale is also home to some excellent road routes in both the upper and lower valley. The magnificent Mary Towneley Loop is a challenging off road trail which is not for the faint hearted. Cyclists will face a heart-thumping 47 mile ‘loophole’ in the Pennine Bridleway, which like Everest, demands to be tackled because it’s there!
Glentress is one of Scotland’s famed 7stanes top-level biking centres offering great facilities, with trails from beginner green routes to fearsome top-level black runs. Situated in the heart of the stunning Tweed Valley, the biking experience at Glentress is second to none providing trails and routes to suit all skill levels, each giving cyclists an interesting way to explore the forest and its history. With award-winning trails that attract riders from all over the UK and beyond, it is easy to see why Glentress has won several acclaimed awards.
Coed Llandegla, North Wales
A stunning private wood with many fine trails and routes suitable for all skill levels. Coed Llandegla offers highly demanding and challenging routes for experienced cyclists, along with more basic routes that are ideal for beginners and family groups. One of Coed Llandegla’s most popular routes is the 12km beginner’s ride that includes a gentle uphill section followed by a joyful downhill stint, with taster-jumps offering a little spice.
Below is a list of pubs and inns close to cycle trails and paths.
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