Although summer is nearing its end, the autumn months are highly anticipated by the Brits who are looking forward to enjoy their cycling ‘staycation’ on several of the nation’s fair isles. Quite a number of cycling holiday providers reported a significant growth in their areas of operations in the wake of the high morale left by the Olympics.
According to a Sky survey, 43% of the respondents stated that the Olympics greatly inspired them to go out on a cycling staycation holiday. In the UK, the cycling industry is worth more than £1bn, and as the cool weather starts, there will be more and more families and couple who will pack up their puncture kits and helmets to head out to some of Britain’s most scenic cycle trails.
Norma McCaskil, of MyBeautifulBike, a UK supplier of beautiful vintage bicycles, says, “The British cycling holiday has become more popular than ever, and now appears more attractive even to those who aren’t hardcore cyclists. Couples and small families are now taking their trendy city bikes and sit-up-and-beg bicycles to areas like the Lake District, the Peak District and the Cotswolds, finding some of Britain’s most beautiful cycle paths and enjoying beautiful scenery in the process.”
The National Cycle Network (NCN) in the UK now covers around 12,000 miles, and the great thing is, cyclists don’t need hardy mountain bikes to tackle them. Many of the paths are fully paved and easy to cycle on even with a comfortable city bike, and a large number are basic towpath or bridleway-style paths which would not be difficult to traverse even on a stylish ladies’ bicycle. They are fantastic places to start when booking a cycling holiday, as they are often positioned near to some of Britain’s most beautiful landmarks and towns, and they are suitable for all age groups and abilities on bicycles.
Path number five on the NCN runs along the top of the Welsh coast for some breath-taking coastal scenery and plenty of pit-stops at the charming seaside towns of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay; escape here for a week of quintessential seaside bliss, with plenty of bed and breakfasts, and the opportunity to enjoy some of Wales’ most beautiful countryside. The Centurion Way is route number eighty-eight, and takes in the beautiful sights on a route from Chichester to West Dean, including archaeological sites and a number of museums. Chichester is situated near the popular holiday town of Bognor Regis, so holidaymakers can enjoy a taste of a typical university town in all its glory, as well as a trip to the southern coast of the country.
Whatever the destination choice for a cycling holiday, Britain has thousands of options for even the most inexperienced of cyclists. More and more men and women are picking up their bikes and using them to experience some of the most beautiful areas of the country in a way they never have before.
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