Green, cheap and great exercise, not to mention enormous fun, cycling is becoming more and more popular. London has just launched its own bicycle rental scheme and more of us than ever are exploring Britain by bicycle.
We have hundreds of bike paths to choose from, but here are 10 of our favorites.
Millennium Coastal Path, Llanelli, Wales
O Millennium Coastal Park it is a 20 kilometer stretch of coastline in the Burry estuary, which features a traffic-free path built specifically to follow the coastline along the entire length of the park. Formerly an area of industrial wasteland, the park has been transformed into a peaceful green corridor, with superb views of the Gower Peninsula and a variety of natural and artificial attractions.
Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland
For a unique cycling experience, complete a cycling circuit Lough Neagh, the largest inland water in Britain and Ireland. The 113-mile two-way Loughshore trail (National Cycle Network Route 94) is ideal for enthusiasts, beginners and families. The route mainly follows quiet roads and close to the lake shore and consists mainly of flat terrain – plus some short mountain sections that offer fantastic views over this huge expanse of water.
Limehouse to Little Venice, London, England
London's canal network offers great bike rides and a trot from the Limehouse waterfront in the east to Little Venice along the Regent's Channel it's a great way to see London from a new perspective. Explore Limehouse, once the center of London's working docks and now home to luxury apartments and yachts, stroll through Camden and check out some of London's zoos
inhabitants on the way. At 13 km, it is easily reached in a few hours.
Richmond to Hampton Court, London, England
Tour this photogenic section of the Thames, from the village of Richmond to the glorious Tudor palace, Hampton Court. There are some excellent bars along the way and even a sandy beach or two. For more information and other routes along the River Thames, see the Waterscape website.
Bristol and Bath railway path, west region, England
Linking West Country's twin jewels Bath and Bristol, this 21-kilometer stretch of abandoned train tracks begins at Bristol's historic harbor and passes through Mangotsfield, Warmley and Saltford before reaching the heart of Bath.
Chocolate tour, Birmingham, England
The Industrial Revolution crucible is famous for many things – canals, engineering, curry, but the most impressive is chocolate. Cycle along Rea valley out of Birmingham city center, along the Worcester causeway and Birmingham Canal. If you're hungry, take a detour to Cadbury World, the factory and the interactive experience dedicated to the world's most beloved chocolate.
Marin Trail, Conwy, Wales
This mountain bike trail near Llanrwst has great climbs, steep descents and really impressive scenery. Long challenging climbs lead to kilometers of unique technical tracks that weave trees and boulders, cross streams and descend complicated ravines. Pause for a moment to enjoy the view of Snowdonia National Park.
Wastwater, Lake District, England
The 20 km cycle Wastwater The Santon Bridge via Gosforth is said to have the best view of the Lake District. Wastwater is England's deepest lake and is surrounded by glorious scenery, including Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain.
Crab and Winkle Way, Kent, England
O Crab and Winkle Way connects the cathedral city of Canterbury to the port of Whitstable. On the way, you travel through Blean Woods, one of the largest areas of broadleaved woodland in southern Britain, where you can find the rare heathland butterfly. Don't forget to enter Canterbury's magnificent cathedral, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Scottish highlands are famous for their rugged beauty and, today, their excellent terrain for mountain biking. Trails in Cairngorms National Park they are rarely marked – bring a map instead (there are good mountain bike route maps available locally) and go exploring.