Cycling holidays in the UK: Britain’s best road and gravel destinations for a low-cost break

Taking your bike abroad is expensive but with miles of great riding on your doorstep staying close to home can be just as rewarding

Image shows a person on a cycling holiday in the UK
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A cycling holiday in the UK can be many things. It can start at your doorstep, with your bike your only mode of transport. Equally you can travel to your destination by car or train. But however you get there, it opens up that all too rare opportunity to ride your bike for not just a couple of hours but for several days on end - and all without the expense that going abroad on one of the best cycling holidays entails. 

It could be a traditional bike tour or a two-wheeled break with the family. It might be a weekend away to tackle a few famous climbs in a region of the country you’ve yet to visit or a few days spent tackling one of the planned gravel routes that are now popping up all over the UK. It could even be some time away for a block of training with new roads a helpful incentive, or distraction, depending on the intensity of your riding.

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Freelance writer

Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.