For an exhilarating outdoors experience that brings you close to the soul of a destination, look no further than a cycling holiday. timeoutdoors’ Travel Editor Tom Le Bas outlines the different options available.
Travelling by bicycle gives you the chance to immerse yourself in your surroundings and appreciate the finer details of the landscape. You will also be able to cover significant distances and thus experience a greater variety of scenery and sights than would be the case on a walking holiday. The exercise is rewarding, and there’s a vast range of individually graded itineraries so it’s easy to find one that’s perfect for you.
You will be provided with a good-quality bike on practically all cycling holidays: many enthusiasts, however, may want to bring their own bike with them to get the most out of their trip. The level of accommodation depends on the destination, but the vast majority include good-quality hotels – and an evening meal – in the price.
The cycling holidays on our site are divided into the following three categories - simply click on the links below for more details and to see the trips on offer:
On most cycle touring holidays, particularly those at the less physically demanding end of the spectrum, the emphasis tends to be on using the bicycle to experience the destination.
Road cycling holidays, by contrast, are more about the actual cycling. These specialist trips will focus on riding on smooth tarmac roads and usually include some long days.
For those who enjoy getting off-piste and heading for the hills, forests and rural trails, there are mountain biking holidays. They are a great way to enjoy the countryside away from traffic.
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There's little doubt that Britain is now firmly on the map as one of the prime cycling locations in Europe, with stunning landscapes for both road cyclists and mountain bikers to explore.
Yorkshire can rightly herald itself as one of the top cycling destinations in Europe. Not only did the visit of the Tour de France showcase its amazing roads, climbs and scenery, it also hosts the World Road Cycling Championships in 2019.
Stunning scenery, tranquil country lanes and terrain to suit all abilities combine to make Dorset a wonderful location for cycling.
Classic climbs, grand views and a variety of stunning landscapes all add up to make the Peak District one of Britain's top cycling destinations.
Few areas in the UK can match the appeal of this corner of Yorkshire when it comes to mountain biking trails. From Dalby Forest to high moorland and the coast, there's something for everyone here.
The Dales are one of the prime mountain biking locations in the UK, with some memorable trails to explore amid fabulous scenery
Expanses of wild moorland, dramatic coastline, some epic climbs and grand views - the Moors are classic road cycling territory.
With an exceptional network of trails, great facilities and some of the UK's best scenery, Yorkshire is prime mountain biking country.
The Peak District is a surprisingly diverse destination for mountain biking, writes local enthusiast and cycling tour organiser Christian Newsome.
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