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.
With plenty of traffic-free bike paths and quiet country lanes, there's barely a car in sight on this lovely ride from Bath in Somerset, through a corner of Wiltshire and down through Dorset to the South Coast. Highlights include Longleat, Stourhead, Gold Hill in Shaftesbury and Poole Harbour.
Cycle paths on old railway lines are a joy and there are four of them on this 84-mile round trip in Somerset taking in Bristol, Bath, Wells and Cheddar. It's also fairly flat; you'll see the Mendips and Glastonbury Tor but you don’t have to climb them. Why slow? Because there are loads of reasons to stop – views, cafes and places to visit.
The Devon coast to coast is a fantastic ride – from Ilfracombe to Plymouth you get to cycle by beaches, through lush river valleys and over Dartmoor, all in one trip. Much of it is traffic-free so it’s a good choice for families or cycling novices. That said, there are some hilly bits. It is Devon after all.
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.
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.