Three UK bike routes voted best in Europe
Three UK bike routes have been highlighted as the best in Europe. The survey among the UK biking community, by GoEuro.co.uk, came up with eight top European long-distance cycling trails.
1) Tarka Trail, Devon (UK)
Devon is a stunning part of the UK and has a number of spectacular trails.
“The route crosses unspoilt North Devon countryside and follows the magical Taw-Torridge Estuary. Starting in Barnstaple, it’s just three miles to Femington where the estuary scenery is sensational. It’s up to you to decide how far you want to go; the route comes to an end in the small village of Meeth where you can enjoy a well-earned pint in The Bull and Dragon,” says Joanna Corfield, officer at Sustrans.
Getting to Devon is simple with either bus or train from most major UK cities, including Plymouth, Manchester and London.
2) Grand Union Canal from Birmingham to London (UK)
For a route that combines history and nature in one, then one of the many canal routes throughout England is the answer.
“For a cycling trip with a difference in the UK, I recommend a two-day cycle along the Grand Union Canal from Birmingham to London. You’ll need to set off early and you’ll need a hybrid bike as the quality of the path varies. There’s a fascinating history to discover, as well as beautiful scenery all round. You can ride almost the entire length traffic free,” says Andreas Kambanis, Founder of London Cyclist.
Whether starting in Birmingham or London, you will find a wealth of bus and train connections from all major cities. Both cities also have international airports if you are travelling from further afield.
3) Camel Trail (Cornwall, UK)
“A route dear to my heart is the Camel Trail. It can be extended from coast to coast but this 18 mile section is the best and easy for anyone to ride,” says Steve Donohue, Co-Founder at Headset Press
An 18-mile trek through glorious countryside on a well paved road, The Camel Trail in Cornwall is suitable for cyclists of all levels. A perfect choice for a family day out, the route can be as relaxed or demanding as you make it. However, if you’re a little more adventurous, you can take in two separate, spectacular coastlines that span some of the most beautiful landscapes found anywhere in the UK.
You can get to this part of Cornwall via Bodmin. Coach and train travel are your best options with international flights serving London.
Five top bike routes in Europe
4) Rome to Venice (Italy)
5) Brenner Pass (Südtirol, Austria/ Italy)
6) The Rhine Ride (Germany/France)
7) Dutch Coastline (The Netherlands)
8) For mountain bikers!: Port Du Soleil (Switzerland).
GoEuro.co.uk is a Berlin-based travel search website for Europe that compares and combines air, rail, bus and car rental options in one click