Julie Silverlock
by Julie Silverlock

If you are short on time but have big aspirations to bike tour the UK, take a look at the three tours below to whet your whistle!  England, Wales and Scotland are covered in the offerings here with incredible cycling, breathtaking scenery and jolly good times just waiting to be discovered.  Historic byways, rural riding, coastal cycling and scenic single track could be in store for you, with expert guides, charming hospitality and comfy lodgings all part of the blighty experience.  So, what are you waiting for?!  Grab a cuppa and take a look at the options below for some truly exceptional experiences on a UK cycle tour.

More than you might think.

The UK is home to some fantastic, and diverse, landscapes - ripe for British bike tour escapades

1. England: Coast to Coast Biking

Spend 6 extraordinary days riding from the west to east coast of the UK, taking in the Lake District, the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty, rural County Durham and Tyne and Wear along the way.  This fully guided cycle tour will not disappoint with incredible views, some technical trails and tracks, and the accomplishment of riding from one side of the country to the other!  Along the way, stay in some cosy B&Bs and inns and try the local ales in a convivial micro pub.  Aside from the biking highlights, of which there are many, some other highlights include following an historic 'Tea Trail', visiting a Bronze Age stone circle, and biking a disused mineral railway.  A superb tour not to be missed!

Bike Tour the North of England.

Ride from coast to coast on this fantastic rural cycle tour

2. Wales: Road Cycling in Two Parts

Bike a relatively undiscovered part of the British Isles as you head to Wales for this two-centre-based road cycling tour over 8 exciting days.  The first part of the tour centers around the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the historic ruins of Tintern Abbey and verdant countryside delightfully framing rides through Monmouthshire and the Usk Valley.  The second part of the tour explores the untamed beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park, where you might just experience some of the best road riding in the UK and some seriously impressive views.  We're told that wandering sheep, livestock and cattle grids are frequent features of the tour so prepare to go all out and embrace the wild expansive charms of Wales on this epic rural tour.

Follow the Leader.

Head out on a guided bike tour of the UK and find some incredible routes to explore

3. Scotland: Highlands MTB Adventure

Discover historic and dramatic landscapes by bike as you head to the highlands of Scotland for a 7 day biking adventure through the glens, lochs and mountains of this ruggedly stunning part of the world.  A challenging ride offering another coast to coast quest, this tour also has e-bikes available so the intensity can be turned down a notch or two for those eager beavers who might prefer a bit of a helping hand.  There are even some departures that are designated 'e-bike only', giving like-minded riders the opportunity to bike together.  Whatever date you choose, you'll be traversing a range of terrain from single track, and stalkers paths to Land Rover tracks.  Truly riding into the heart of the Highlands, this is a wonderful tour to surround yourself with the dramatic beauty of Scotland by bike.

Meet the Locals!

Bike alongside Highland cows and soak up the Scottish views