5 Incredible UK Bike Journeys

As fitness holidays are becoming increasingly popular, we've had a look at some of the best bike journeys Britain has to offer.

Long distance cycling is a fun, healthy and affordable way to see the country. With that in mind we've searched far and wide to bring you these 5 incredible bike journeys:

1. Land's End to John o' Groats

Of course Land's End to John o' Groats is a must for any long distance cyclist. Spanning the breadth of Great Britain, this 874 mile (1,407 km) journey will take the average cyclist ten to fourteen days. Enjoy the scenic coastal roads, vast moorland, lush valleys and breath taking highlands.

One of the best ways to conquer this legendary route is the Deloitte Ride Across Britain. Occurring annually this event takes you on a longer trail from the end of Britain to its beginning, totaling 969 miles. What's more is that this event aims to get you from 'End to End' in just nine days with expert training at hand all the way.

2. Sea to Sea Cycle Route

This is a 140 mile (230 km) trip through the Lake District and Up the Pennines. Traditionally you start by dipping your back wheel in the Irish Sea at Whitehaven and then your front wheel in the North Sea at Sunderland. Using disused railway lines and hill trails this journey is both varied and challenging.

3. Hadrian's Cycleway

Travel alongside the ancient fortification of Hadrian's  Wall on a 174 mile (280 km) journey. Enjoy the freedom of cycling whilst taking in the magnificent countryside and historical landmarks. Start at the banks of the river Mite in Ravenglass and finish by the ruins of Tynemouth Castle.

4. West Country Way

From the peaceful harbour of Padstow to the spa town of Bath this is an incredible journey. The 240 mile (386 km) bike ride will have you following trails through the countryside of Devon and the open moorland of Exmoor.

5. Avenue Verte

This bike journey takes you from the big city of London to the small town of Newhaven. From, Newhaven you then have the option to take the Dieppe ferry and continue through France to Paris. Totalling 250 miles (402 km) from the hustle and bustle of one capital to another, with lots of charming patisseries on the way.

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