Scenic Cycling Routes Around UK Cities To Extend Your Riding Beyond The Commute

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For a whole heap of reasons, now is a great time to start cycling to work. Even if you work from home, starting the day with a cruise around your neighborhood is going to do wonders for your powers of concentration and frame of mind. But if you’re digging out an old bike to start cycling again then there’s a lot of fun to be had by riding it outside of the working day as well.

In the past we’ve worked with Sustrans, the UK’s walking and cycling charity, to put together round-ups of great cycling routes in and around London, Newcastle and Manchester, so you can enjoy using your bike beyond trips to and from the office. And if you’re considering a cycling holiday in the UK this year as a better alternative to an overseas beach resort, then we also have some great ideas from Sustrans on that front as well.

Three Cycle Routes Around Newcastle To Try

All three of these routes start at the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, then head off in different directions so you can choose whether you want to visit Durham Cathedral, the Roman town of Corbridge en route to Hexham, or the seaside town of Whitley Bay as you head up to Blyth. See the Newcastle cycle routes

Four Manchester Cycle Routes To Try

All these Manchester-based cycles are nice and short, so they can be tackled by anyone, and you can always ride them twice or carry on along the National Cycle Routes they use if you’re looking for a longer ride. There are riverbank and canal towpath rides, along with a trip along the Irwell Valley Sculpture Trail, which has 70 sculptures to enjoy while you cycle. See the Manchester cycle routes

Four London Cycling Routes To Try

If you’re a London commuter then you’ll definitely benefit from the odd cycle away from the city centre on the network of quiet and scenic paths available. Sustrans recommends routes in Richmond Park, along the river Thames from Hampton Court Palace, a traffic-free route along the River Wandle and a landmark-laden route from south London up to Greenwich Park and the Cutty Sark. See the London cycle routes

Five Cycling Routes For A Late Summer Adventure

Once you’ve fallen well and truly in love with cycling again you’ll definitely want to make it part of your holiday plans. These five scenic routes recommended by Sustrans are all in lovely parts of the UK to visit on holiday, whether it’s the Cornish coast or the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, so use them for inspiration if you’re planning a late summer getaway. See the UK cycle routes

Nick Harris-Fry
Senior writer

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.