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Tour Of Britain - 5 Scenic Cycling Routes


The Tour of Britain 2016, that begins on 4th September is made up of 8 stages that sees world renowned cyclists covers the distance of Great Britain. The cyclists taking part will go endure the likes of the mountainous region of Snowdonia National Park, the beautiful Cheshire countryside and the summits of Dartmoor’s National Park. If you feel inspired by this year’s cyclists and you feel like getting out on to the open road, then check out our tour of Britain - 5 scenic cycling routes for the most scenic bike rides for you to enjoy this summer, plus we’ve even given each one a difficulty rating so there’s one for everyone.

Tour Of Britain - 5 Scenic Cycling Routes

Chester Canal and River Dee Route

Tour Of Britain - 5 Scenic Cycling RoutesDiscover the historic town of Chester and the pleasant scenery of the River Dee on this moderately easy route. The path is level, straight and paved along the way and has beautiful views of the River Dee, that crosses through the Welsh and English border. Hop on your bike at Becketts Lane, Great Broughton and follow the path along the canal through the walled city centre, eventually coming off the canal path and turning left to continue to cross over the border. Expect to see the wonderful welsh countryside before joining the River Dee embankment back towards Chester, passing the infamous Chester Racecourse, before finally finishing back at the start point. Distance: 18.26 miles Duration: 01:48 Landmarks: Chester Racecourse, Connahs Quay blue bridge, English/Welsh border

Cambridge City Circuit

Tour Of Britain - 5 Scenic Cycling RoutesExplore the exquisite architecture of this historic university city and the rural outskirts on a bike ride down the world famous River Cam. This low difficulty, figure of eight route, takes you around the city of Cambridge allowing you to view the spectacular university college buildings. Starting and finishing on A Road, A1134, Peme Road, cycle around the city, before heading out to the rural countryside, past the airport and crossing over the River Cam, stop off here for a rest and take in the views of this peaceful setting, before heading back to the lovely city centre. Distance: 15.43 miles Duration: 01:30 Landmarks: University of Cambridge, Homerton College, St. Pauls Church, River Cam

Gloucester Bisley Stroud Loop Cycle Route

Tour Of Britain - 5 Scenic Cycling RoutesWhat better way to get out and see the rolling hills of the rural Cotswolds when staying at our Hallmark Hotel Gloucester, than on two wheels. This route takes you up and down hills, the inclines and distance put this route at a moderately difficult rating. Starting and finishing at Kingsway this loop cycle has enchanting views of the Great British countryside, passing through quaint country villages like Througham Sudgrove, a ramblers paradise before coming back on yourself into the Roman city of Gloucester. Distance: 35.86 miles Duration: 03:30 Landmarks: The Cotswolds, Gloucester City Centre, Robinswood Hill Country Park

Irvine to Kilmarnock Loop Cycle Route

Tour Of Britain - 5 Scenic Cycling RoutesWhen staying with us in Irvine, why not get out and explore this medieval town on the coast of North Ayrshire. We can’t think of a better way to take in the sights of this industrial town and it’s rural surroundings then by bike. Starting and finishing on the harbour side, this route gives you epic views of the historic Scottish port, that is home to the Scottish Maritime Museum. The route then proceeds out to Kilmarnock crossing over the River Irvine. There are lots of sights to see on this journey, our favourite is the 14th Century Dundonald Castle. Situated high on a hill, it offers spectacular views over Dundonald and the surrounding countryside. Distance: 23.91 Duration: 02:18 Landmarks: Maritime Museum, Irvine Harbour, River Irvine, Dundonald Castle

Derby Mickleover to Sutton on the Hill Cycle Route

Tour Of Britain - 5 Scenic Cycling RoutesIf you’re staying with us at our Hallmark Hotel Derby Mickleover Court and want to venture out into the great outdoors and take in some of the local countryside, jump on a bike and head off on this scenic route. This is a fairly easy route out of Derby on the A516 out into the countryside through Radbourne Common and Lees and returning back via the Cycle Path from Ashe Hall to Station Road. On a clear day, enjoy the luscious green Derbyshire countryside whilst on the open road. Take a picnic and stop off along the way in a nearby field for a true countryside experience.  Distance: 17.81 Duration: 01:42 Landmarks: Rural countryside If you like the sound of the above routes, and are keen to hop on a bike then why not make a weekend off it and stay at one of our fabulous hotels in each location.

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