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5 of the best biking routes in the UK


Wherever you are in the country, you're never far from a great day out on your bike.

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If you’ve not got your first route nailed down yet, fear not. We’ve scoured the internet’s bank of biker forums to find what locals have voted the best biker routes across the country.

We've also added some videos showing how beautiful these rides are.

The Antrim Coast – Northern Ireland

The Antrim Coast road

Antrim coast route

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This 60-mile stretch of the A2 is a biker’s haven. Not only does this road boast a catalogue of breath-taking views, it’s also the home of the North West 200 racing event in early May.

It's a biker friendly road for other reasons, too. The route will see you follow the Northern Irish coastline along smooth tarmac, where you’ll get a good mix of sweeping bends, long straights and smooth hills.

Keep heading west and not far from Lisnagunogue you’ll find the Giant’s Causeway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of 40,000 volcanic rock columns.


North Coast 500 - Northern Scotland

North 500 route Scotland

North coast 500

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A 500-mile coastal circuit from Inverness and around the north coast of Scotland. You’ll pass through Loch Ness, John O’Groats and Smoo Caves on your way around some beautiful Scottish coastline.

You'll see castles, mountains and beaches on your trip around the tip of the country, crossing smooth roads that seem to have been built with bikers in mind. The route has been planned to capture the views, history and culture of northern Scotland, making it a holiday in itself.

According to the official website, taking the whole route by motorbike should take you around six days including overnight stays and rest stops.

Hardknott pass - Lake District

Hardknott pass

Hardknott Pass

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This old Roman road is the most direct route from the central Lake District region to West Cumbria, and is the joint steepest road in Britain (the other is Rosedale Chimney Bank in North Yorkshire).

The single-track road winds through the Lake District to a peak of 1,291 feet, offering breath-taking views of the Isle of Man and the Irish Sea on a clear day.

Recommended for more experienced bikers, this route will offer a challenge no matter how long you’ve been riding.

There's an abundance of local pubs and restaurants in the area, and a dozen other great riding routes if the pass itself looks too advanced for you.

Cat & Fiddle climb - Macclesfield to Buxton

Cat & Fiddle climb

"Cat and fiddle road" by Phillip Halling is licenced under CC BY SA

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A famous route that’s also been dubbed “the most dangerous road in the UK”, this seven-mile route runs through the Peak District between Macclesfield and Buxton. The 50mph speed limit doesn’t stop it being a favourite of bikers across Southern England.

Sharp corners and rolling countryside scenery make it popular with all kinds of road users, so watch out for cyclists, as well as wandering wildlife.

The consensus is that it remains one of the best biking roads in the country, despite the addition of average speed cameras – but it demands respect.

Brecon Beacons - South Wales

South Wales Brecon road

The Brecon Beacons

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Mid and South Wales hold some of the most superb scenery in the UK, making a ride around the Brecon Beacons National Park a favourite of many Welsh riders.

There are plenty of planned routes to find online, with well-maintained roads running both around and through the park. You could easily spend a full weekend exploring, spending your evenings in one of the surrounding villages.

Make sure to find your way to the A465 towards Abergavenny, known as the Golden Valley - a superb road for a bike.

Coupled with the rolling hills, mountains and lakes of mid Wales, you’ve got a biker’s paradise littered with well-maintained roads that’ll rival anywhere else in the country.

Let us know if we’ve missed any!


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