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Famed for its rugged beauty and with an almost surreal atmosphere, the hills of the Cairngorms National Park also offer unbeatable mountain biking routes – the best in Scotland. Perfect for anyone wanting to just set off and explore, the majority of cycling routes here are not way-marked, so grab a map and get going!
*The hotly anticipated Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre opens summer 2013!*
Richmond to Hampton Court, London
Ideal for a cycling weekend break, this route offers cyclists endless photo opportunities and some incredibly beautiful scenery. Dotted with great local pubs and deserted sandy beaches, there are plenty of places to stop of for a picnic along the way. Make sure you take your camera!
Millennium Coastal Park, Llanelli, Wales
Where once stood an industrial wasteland now lives one of the most picturesque cycle routes in the UK. The 12 mile stretch along the Gower Peninsula is completely free from traffic and follows a purpose built path, so you can cycle freely without having to worry about avoiding oblivious drivers! With a variety of both natural and man-made attractions along the route, there’s plenty to catch your eye.
Wastwater, Lake District
The Lake District is without doubt one of the most beautiful areas of the UK, and getting on your bike to explore the hidden gems sounds about as perfect as it gets. Wastwater Lake is the deepest in England, and with Scaffell Pike (England’s tallest mountain) on the route too, there’s an abundance of natural wonders for you to discover!
Bristol and Bath Railway Path, West Country
Linking the twin West Country jewels of Bath and Bristol, this 13-mile stretch of disused railway track passes via picturesque villages and tranquil countryside. For a peaceful weekend break riding through some of our iconic green landscapes, it doesn’t get much better than this.