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Great getaways on two wheels

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Best for families

Hadrian's Cycleway, four days from £360 per person

Taking in craggy highlands and peaceful river valleys, this self-guided tour means you can set your own pace. Accommodation is in B&Bs and family-run hotels; routes and itineraries provided (0191 265 1110; www.skedaddle.co.uk).

 

Best for adventure

Lakeland Epic, seven days from £590pp

A week-long white-knuckle ride circling the Lake District in a giant loop. You'll ride through some of Britain's wildest terrain over rough tracks, rocky bridleways and mountain passes, so this trip is suitable for experienced cyclists only (01768 840400; www.cycleactive.co.uk)

 

Best for solitude

The Quietest Cycle Tour Under the Sun, two nights from £170pp

This relaxing weekend break is based around the border village of Clun, Shropshire, with its traditional inns, tearoom and castle. The gentle ride takes place along the river valleys and into the Clun Hills (01568 770755; www.wheelywonderfulcycling.co.uk).

 

Best for beginners

East Lothian Escape, two to seven nights from £150pp

If you're wary of booking a holiday that's all about the bike, this fixed-base package will take the pressure off. There are various accommodation options, from self-catering holiday homes to luxury spa hotels, and you decide how much cycling you can handle (07932 676841; www.2wheel-tours.com).

 

Best for scenery

Snowdonia Beano, seven nights from £600pp

Acclaimed as one of the world's top 25 cycling holidays, this on-road tour allows you to explore the rugged, panoramic beauty of North Wales. Highlights include the Menai Strait, Snowdonia National Park and the castle town of Caernarfon, with an optional visit to Portmeirion. Even the bike shed boasts one of the best views in Britain! (01982 560471; www.bicycle-beano.co.uk).

 


 

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