Devon Coast to Coast
Taking in beautiful and lush surroundings, the Devon Coast to Coast beginning at Ilfracrombe and ending in Plymouth takes you 102 miles, the majority of which follows former railway lines. Finishing off in Plymouth is excellent as the city is rich with heritage, from being a Roman settlement and the origin of the Pilgrim Fathers, to playing a large role in the Civil War and seeing great expansion during the Industrial Revolution. If you’re not too tired when you arrive, try to visit a museum or two.
Cyclists usually abbreviate the Coast to Coast (or Sea to Sea) Cycle Route to the familiar C2C. This 140-mile two-wheeled trek was opened in 1994 and starts at Whitehaven on the west coast of Cumbria, crosses the Lake District and the Pennines in the north, and ends in the northeast coast at Sunderland. Hugely popular with riders of all levels, from families to professional clubs, it’s chosen by over 12,000 cyclists each year due to its breathtaking settings.
As its name implies, Hadrian’s Cycleway treats the rider to large stretches of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, offering spectacular views of coasts, countryside, Roman forts and museums, modern attractions and market towns. A 174-mile route beginning at the Glannaventa Roman Bath House in Ravenglass and ending at the Arbreia Roman Fort and Museum at South Shields, it’s a dramatic and humbling ride that will give you an incredible sense of freedom and a greater understanding of Britain’s long and powerful history.
Beginning in Fishguard, ending at Chepstow Castle and described as a ‘journey of discovery’, the 220-mile Celtic Trail takes in St David’s (Britain’s smallest city), the breathtaking Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, majestic castles and ruins in Haverfordwest, Pembroke and Kidwelly, the unspoiled Llanelli Millennium Coastal Park, and the windswept magnificence of Swansea Bay. Whether you’re a lover of Wales or haven’t yet paid a visit, this trail offers unparalleled views of natural beauty and the picturesque South Wales Valleys via traffic-free seaside paths, riverside trails and old railway lines.
Fancy getting away from it all? This 250-mile cycle trail is the one for you. Avenue Verte begins at the London Eye and ends at Notre Dame in Paris, taking in a variety of English and French towns, villages and miles of countryside in-between. A lot of the route follows old railway paths and riverside routes, and includes the Forest Way and the Cuckoo Trail whilst cutting through Essex. Once in France, you’ll enjoy 25 miles of traffic-free scenery between Dieppe and Paris, which is fully surfaced and wonderfully eye-catching. We recommend enjoying some British mineral water beforehand and some continental beers at the end.
Don’t forget Ridersmate
If you’re riding alone or become separated from your companions, an accident can prove very serious. Many road cycle injuries result in the rider not being able to get to safety or call for assistance, which is where Ridersmate comes in. Keeping you in contact with the people who can help in an emergency, with Ridersmate you’re always in good hands and never out of reach. Enjoy the ride!
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