The wind in your hair, the world rushing by and the buzz of endorphins as you power yourself along – there’s a fantastic sense of freedom when riding a bike, so it’s no surprise cycling holidays are hugely popular. It’s a great way to see a place properly, as you can go at your own pace and discover hidden gems en route.

If you’re looking for a cycling event to spark your interest in biking holidays, then the UK has plenty. From time trials in the South Downs to family-friendly routes in Cambridge, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best destinations and events for cycling in the UK.

Bike ride destinations in the UK

If the whole family want to join in the fun and take to the saddle, Holiday Lettings has hundreds of spacious rentals to pick from that will suit tots and teenagers alike. Couples looking for a romantic biking break might opt for a picturesque cottage or an apartment close to the action. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find the perfect rental for you

The Yorkshire Dales


With its acres of moors, valleys, hills and villages, this scenic national park is perfect cycling territory. The rolling Yorkshire Dales has some flatter parts if you want to take things easy, or if you like the rush of a slope, try mountain-biking in the famous Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside.

Top cycling event in the Dales

The Etape du Dales sportive takes place here each May and covers 110 miles, so you might want to start training now! The event starts and finishes in Threshfield, near Grassington, and you’ll find some beautiful rentals nearby where you can relax after a day’s cycling.

Best bike hire

Bikes are available to hire locally from Dales Bike Centre where you’ll find a fleet of over 30 top quality current models. Each bike comes clean, safety-checked and in perfect working order. The price includes bike helmet, route map, pump and small spares pack, so you won’t need to worry about packing extra accessories in your suitcase.

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Known for its rural villages and local red sandstone buildings, this picturesque county is a pleasure to cycle through. Cycle along the Trent and Mersey Canal towpath that runs alongside the River Dane, or enjoy one of the many circular routes round one of the towns and villages.

Top cycling event in Cheshire

The Evans Cycles Cheshire 100 event takes place here in July and it’s a beautiful route loved by cyclists and spectators alike. The 100km winds its way through country lanes on the Cheshire Plains, and through Dunham Massey Deer Park and Tatton Park along the way. There’s also a 100-mile route on the edge of the Peak District for riders who want more of a challenge.

Best bike hire

Whether you want to hire a bike or invest in a new one, check out Delamere Bike Shop and Hire. Their range of top-spec bikes and equipment is suitable for everyone, from toddlers on a tagalong to seasoned enthusiasts looking for a bike to excite.

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Dartmoor, Devon


With its craggy landscape, forests, rivers, wetlands and tors, Dartmoor’s winding trails are excellent cycling terrain. There are over 350km of bridleways and byways, and an extensive network of quiet lanes and designated cycle routes.

Top cycling event in Devon

If you’re looking for a cycling holiday in July, The Dartmoor Classic Sportive, organised and run by the Mid-Devon Cycling Club, is one of most prestigious open-road cycling events in the UK. Established in 2007, the event has grown in popularity, attracting cyclists from around the globe. There’s a choice of three routes. The Grande (107 miles / 173 km), the Medio (67 miles / 109 km) or the Piccolo (38 miles / 62 km).

Best bike hire

Looking for local bike hire? Visit Devon Cycle Hire when you arrive on your holiday. Their friendly staff will help you find your perfect match, so that your cycling experience in Devon is stress-free. You can simply concentrate on enjoying the stunning cycling routes nearby, such as The Granite Way.

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South Downs, Sussex


The South Downs National Park is stunning and you’ll find plenty to see and do, from walks in ancient woodland to gazing at the white cliffs of Seven Sisters. Choose a cosy cottage in a picture-perfect village or pick a family-friendly home in a bustling market town for your cycling stay.

Top cycling event in Sussex 

Visit the South Downs in October if you want to take part in the Wiggle South Downs 100. Pit your wits against a challenging course spanning Hampshire and Sussex, and if you’re feeling especially energetic, join one the climbs against the clock on closed roads – the next best thing to the Tour de France!

Best bike hire

To get your bike, head to Hassocks Community Cycle Hire located right next to Hassocks train station. This community enterprise is led by volunteers with the aim of promoting cycling, and environmental tourism, locally. And if you’re in need of a little refreshment after you’ve picked up your trusty steed, the nearby The Hassocks pub serves food and drinks, and has a beer garden with climbing frames for children.

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Fort William


Head to Fort William for a relaxing break in the Scottish Highlands. Known as the gateway to Ben Nevis, this beautiful spot has plenty of independent shops and restaurants, so it’s great if you love cycling around town.

Top cycling event in the Scottish Highlands

For something more energetic, the Scottish Downhill Association Series, plus the Scottish Championships run for Scottish Cycling, take place here every September. It’s a thrilling event to take part in, or spectate, especially when you’re surrounded by the stunning scenery of Fort William and Glencoe. If you find you’re naturally quick through technical terrain and you enjoy learning about the limits of handling off-road, then this is the event for you.

Best bike hire

For bike hire, choose from an extensive range at Nevis Cycles. From kids bikes and child seats to panniers and touring accessories, you’ll find it here. They also offer coaching and guiding in association with West Coast Biking.

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Richmond Park, London


Created by Charles I in the 17th century, Richmond Park in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is the largest of London’s Royal Parks. It’s also a Special Area of Conservation and a national nature reserve, so cycling here is fantastic for anyone looking for a biking holiday.

Top cycling event in London

The London Duathlon takes place in the park every September so if you love cycling and nature, you’re in for a treat! Riders must give way to the 600+ resident deer which, along with the stunning flora and fauna in the park, adds to the charm of this event. You’ll find hundreds of rentals nearby, so there are plenty of places to choose from when it comes to resting your head after a long day of riding.

Best bike hire

If you’re looking to rent a bike, visit Totally Richmond where you’ll find a selection of companies offering hire locally. Hiring a bike is well worth it, even if you’re not planning on a lengthy ride, as getting around by bike in Richmond means you can beat the busy traffic!

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Home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, this elegant city on the River Cam is a haven for cyclists. It’s the best way of getting around and you’ll find excellent cycle lanes and places to lock bikes if you want to spend the day sightseeing. Visit the University museums, the Gothic chapel, the cathedral and much, much more.

Top cycling event in Cambridgeshire

If you fancy a bit of a challenge, The Strawberry 50 community cycling event happens every September and is a fantastic family-friendly cycle ride. Refreshments include strawberries and cream, and sausages! Why not book a rental for a week or two to make the most of your stay? Choose a cosy cottage by the river or a spacious townhouse in the centre.

Best bike hire

Bikes are available for hire from Outspoken! Cycles. As well as providing the best quality, well-maintained and fully insured bikes, this friendly company also runs cycle-themed events, such as mobile workshops and maintenance training.

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Peak District

With the glorious Peak District National Park as your backdrop, cycling through this stunning part of the world will give you a new lease of life. From peaceful backroads to challenging gradients, the route options are vast in the Peaks. Book a stay in one of the historic towns, such as Bakewell, or find a rustic rental overlooking ancient moorland.

Top cycling event in the Peaks

The Eroica Britannia cycle ride is a challenge to be reckoned with! But if you’re up to it, it’s one of the most rewarding routes in the UK. The event takes place each June and there’s entertainment, food and shopping available, too. So, whether you want to participate or spectate, this cycle event is sure to make you feel in top gear.

Best bike hire

No need to bring your bike as you can hire them locally from the Bike Garage. They offer comprehensive bike servicing, repair and hire of top-quality Trek mountain bikes for use on the beautiful trails in the Peaks. Full suspension and electric models are available, too.

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Box Hill, Surrey


Located in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this stunning summit of the North Downs is every cyclist’s dream. It’s also a Site of Special Scientific Interest, noted for its orchids, rare plant species, and over 40 species of butterfly. Enjoy a leisurely ride, stopping at the visitors’ centre en route.

Top cycling event in Surrey

You can raise money for a fantastic cause and test your cycling ability by signing up for the Sigma Sports Box Hill Original Sportive that takes place in October. The sloping, zig-zagging route takes riders from base to peak with a steady gradient, so the challenge is both doable and rewarding. The views of the surrounding Surrey Hills at the peak are well worth the effort!

Best bike hire

Hire a bike from Surrey Hills Cycle Hire where you’ll find electric mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids and traditional mountain bikes, available in a range of sizes. Child-friendly bikes and trailers are also available. The bikes are less than a year old and are regularly serviced.

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Brecon Beacons


Cycle across the Brecon Beacons National Park visiting pretty towns en route, from Llandeilo in the west to Abergavenny in the east. The Roman roads, winding country lanes and towpath are ideal for cyclists of all abilities. When you’re not racking up the miles on a bike, explore peaceful waterfalls, pop into a farmhouse cafe or maybe spend an evening stargazing at your private holiday rental.

Top cycling event in the Brecon Beacons

Book a holiday home in August to take part in the Brecon Beacons Devil Sportive. The event offers three stunning cycling routes, passing through the best of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Radnorshire Hills. From Hay-on-Wye to the Black Mountains and the pretty villages beyond, this ride offers some of the best scenery you can enjoy from a saddle in the UK.

Best bike hire

If you need to hire a bike, try Bikes and Hikes in the heart of Brecon town centre. Not only can you hire your bike from here, they also have a wealth of knowledge about the area and are happy to have a chat about venues for Rock climbing, Caving, Hill Walking and Mountain Biking in the Brecon Beacons and Wales.

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