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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The Severn Vale

  • 90 miles / 145 km
  • Easy going

This is a great weekend bike ride from Worcester to Bristol, following the river Severn as it winds down to the open vistas of the Severn estuary. Highlights include a little ferry south of Tewkesbury, Gloucester Cathedral and Berkeley Castle.

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Tiverton to Weston-super-Mare

  • 60 miles / 97 km
  • Easy going

A lovely easy ride that is perfect for families and cycling novices because it offers plenty of traffic-free bike paths and very little in the way of hills.

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Bath to Bournemouth

  • 85 miles / 137 km
  • Easy going

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.

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A slow tour of Somerset

  • 84 miles / 135 km
  • Easy going

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.

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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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Cotswolds: Gloucester to Oxford

  • 87 miles / 140 km
  • Easy going

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.

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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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