The perfect cycling weekend: the Cotswolds offers gorgeous views, quiet country lanes, gently undulating hills and pretty towns and villages. With train stations in Gloucester and Oxford, this is an easily accessible two-day ride on NCN routes, with an overnight stay in Cirencester — capital of the Cotswolds.
Holland is not actually that big so you can cover a lot of ground in a short trip. In just four days, staying three nights and cycling 159 miles, we managed to see Amsterdam, Utrecht, Gouda, the Hague, Leiden and Haarlem. Admittedly, we didn’t do much except cycle, eat and sleep. But there's a lot to see from the saddle.
Cycling from one side of Wales to the other via Brecon seemed pretty daunting on paper but it turned out to be one of the best rides I have done. Once again I discovered that slogging up a few hills really does paid dividends – with amazing views and exhilarating descents.
An absolute dream of a cycle route. Smooth, flat bike paths meander through stunning French countryside, much of it on levees by the river, all beautifully signed, taking in lovely towns, passing by chateaux – and with lots of cafes and boulangeries along the way. A perfect introduction to long distance cycling.