3 great UK cycling destinations
My guest blogger chooses his three favourite places to cycle in the UK.
The Tissington Trail, the Peak District
The Peak District is located in the heart of the East Midlands, and traverses the considerable distance between Derbyshire and Sheffield. There are numerous cycling trails included within this region, although the Tissington Trail in Ashbourne, Derbyshire remains one of the most popular.
This follows the route of a former railway line, and begins at Ashbourne before meandering towards the quaint market village of Parsley Hay. Of particular interest is the swooping backdrop provided by the stunning Derbyshire moors and also Tissington itself.
The route is 13 miles and fairly mountainous so make sure your legs are up to this route.
Millennium Coastal Path, in Llanelli, Wales
This seven-mile route heads along the Millennium Coastal Path and offers a wonderfully secluded and traffic-free ride.
It runs the entire length of the Millennium Coastal Park, which stands as a beautifully green and lush stretch of western coastline. Nature lovers can bask in the glow of the Gower Peninsula, while those with an appetite for adventure can also extend their journey into the neighbouring village of Kidwelly.
The castle located here is extremely stunning and historically interesting, while also ideal for a much-needed tea break.
The Gower is famed for its fabulous beaches so many riders will be tempted to stop for a picnic or even a surf. Remember, though, that when the sun is not out it can be a tad chilly at the coast so you might need to invest in a coat or parka from a reputable supplier such as E-Outdoor.
Peregrine Path, along the Herefordshire and Welsh Border
For cyclists who want to traverse twocountries, the Peregrine Path offers considerable opportunity. Unique in its layout and up to eight miles in length, it offers riders access to breathtakingly beautiful scenery and a challenging route.
It follows the picturesque River Wye, and takes in a number of quaint villages and spectacular shore-side views.