The top five family cycling routes in the UK

Cycling holidays are becoming ever more popular. One of the great things about them is that the whole family can be involved no matter what their age or cycling ability, and they allow you to see the beauty the UK has to offer. Not to mention can they be cheaper than a holiday abroad, and they also can help you keep fit at the same time.

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For any family that loves cycling or are thinking about embarking on a new hobby, there a large number of cycling routes across the UK for you to experience. Here are a top 5 of the most scenic and interesting routes which also have places to camp along them. You can either cycle the whole route, as a bit of a challenge, or can choose to start and end your journey at different points to make it easier for the whole family.

–       Devon Coast to Coast

The first cycle route is the Devon Coast to Coast cycle route. Typically from Illfracombe to Plymouth, the 99 mile distance has 71 miles traffic free. This route encompasses the best of what the West Country has to offer as you cycle through beaches, estuaries and valleys and across Victorian bridges and through tunnels, with plenty of places to camp overnight along the way in holiday parks or campsites.

–       Coast and Castles Newcastle to Edinburgh

The Coast and Castles cycle route between Newcastle and Edinburgh is another journey which promises to make a fun and exciting family holiday. This route in its entirety is 200 miles but can easily be sectioned into smaller legs, or can be split completely to make a more manageable total journey. However you choose to cycle the Coasts and Castles route, you’re sure to experience stunning scenery as you cycle along the North Sea. You pass through a number of towns and villages with plenty to see and do including a number of castles as the name suggests.


–       South Downs Way


The third cycle route is the South Downs Way cycle route which is almost completely traffic free, however this route is not suited for inexperienced cyclists due to the more challenging terrain. However, it makes for a testing ride and provides some thrills and an exciting journey for those used to their bike. The cycle route is from Winchester to Eastbourne (110 miles) and offers spectacular views of the South Downs and of the English Channel.

–       Island Cycle Route, Isle of Wight

The fourth cycle route is the Round the Island Cycle Route of the Isle of Wight. This route offers 62 miles of sea views and picturesque villages and allows you to visit the various attractions the Isle of Wight has to offer along the way, such as Blackgang Chine (an adventure playground park for children and families) and the iconic Needles. This more family friendly route can also be split into smaller cycling sections, with stays at campsites or holiday parks along the way.

–       Way of the Roses

Finally the fifth cycle route is the Way of the Roses which starts at Morecambe and ends at Bridlington (170 miles). Along this coast to coast route you will see the Yorkshire Dales and the stunning Forest of Bowland, with plenty of opportunity to stop and make the most of the scenery and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. There are also plenty of places to camp over night or stay in holiday homes or caravans.

If a cycling holiday along one of these interesting and exciting routes takes your fancy, you will want to make sure your vehicle is equipped to carrying both your bikes and your camping equipment.  There are a variety of bike racks to choose from, available at Indespension, which can be fitted in a number of different ways. Rear door mounted bike racks can usually carry 2-3 bikes depending on the model and clip on to the boot. This type of cycle carrier is great if you do not have a tow bar or do not want to lift your bike on top of your vehicle’s roof.



Roof bar mounted cycle carriers are another option if you have roof bars attached to your vehicle. Multiple bikes can be transported (dependent on the model of the roof bars and cycle carrier). Bicycles transported this way do not obstruct your view whilst driving and also allow you to transport a trailer if required too.




Tow bar mounted cycle carriers will allow you to transport up to four bikes (dependent on the model), however a tow bar attached to your vehicle is required for this type of cycle carrier.




Fitting the appropriate roof rack or bike carrier will make you feel even more excited about your cycling holiday, as you can relax in the knowledge that everything is safety and efficiently attached to your car. Once the car is fitted out, you just have to pick which route to take – but any one you choose will make for a fun-filled and exciting adventure holiday.