Kent coast: Ramsgate to London

  • 117 miles / 188 km
  • Easy going

This is a three-day ride of full of contrasts - starting with sea views and fading beach huts and finishing in central London. There's a strong sense of maritime history as you cycle through Victorian seaside resorts, past ancient ports and make your way up the Thames.

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South coast: Exeter to Brighton

  • 218 miles / 351 km
  • Challenging

National Cycle Network route 2 from Exeter to Brighton offers so much variety that we felt like we'd been on the road for weeks not days. Perhaps that's not surprising given that this route takes in five English counties - Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex.

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France: West coast

  • 548 miles / 883 km
  • Easy going

The Velodyssey allows you to cycle from Brittany all the way to Spain down the west coast of France. Part of EuroVelo route 1, this popular long distance route offers a varied landscape with pine forests, beaches, islands, marshlands and historic towns including La Rochelle and Rochefort.

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Trans Pennine Trail

  • 215 miles / 346 km
  • Challenging

Woodhead Pass in the Peak District is the high point of this ride, literally, but the Trans Pennine Trail has a lot more to offer. This coast-to-coast ride is a journey of contrasts - you start in the wide open spaces of the east of England, pass over the Pennines in the Peak District and cycle through the industrial heartlands of the North West.

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Way of the Roses

  • 170 miles / 274 km
  • Challenging

The Way of the Roses is a coast to coast route that takes you over the spectacular Yorkshire Dales in the west and through the pretty Yorkshire Wolds in the east. Highlights include the incredible views in the Dales, Brimham Rocks, Fountains Abbey and York.

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The green heart of Holland

  • 159 miles / 256 km
  • Easy going

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.

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France: Loire

  • 377 miles / 607km
  • Easy going

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.

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