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 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.
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.
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.