If you’ve never been to Norfolk – why not? The combined sunniest/driest county in the UK, 100 miles of stunning coastline, the Norfolk Broads National Park, medieval Norwich – and of course the private home of the Queen and now also the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and their young family.
Wales does not necessarily spring to mind as being the ideal cycling destination because of all those hills! But in fact, Wales has an enormous amount to offer the discerning cyclist. It has world-class mountain biking facilities near Dolgellau at Coed-y-Brenin – a sort of Val d’Isere for mountain bikers (or perhaps more Chamonix!) – lots of marked runs all over a very large forestry commission site. There are many other routes to choose from, including a trip down Snowden for the really energetic, though you can only do this at certain times of day.
The Peak District is one of the UK’s top destinations for cycling. In fact for many visitors the chance to roll up and down the hills amidst stunning scenery is the reason for being there. This summer the National Park is embracing its popularity for cycling with months of related events spread across the Peak District.
Famous for its forests, mountains and lakes, Cumbria is an extremely popular holiday destination, with 14.8 million visitors flocking to the Lake District each year to take in the breathtaking views, rare wildlife and historical villages. As well as being home to England’s highest mountain and the country’s longest and deepest lakes, the Lake District is associated with the early 19th century writings and poetry of William Wordsworth, who loved nature and was inspired by the county’s landscape.
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