FAQs & useful information
What’s the best time of year to cycle in England?
Whilst you're obviously welcome to cycle our routes at any time of the year, we'd suggest the best months to do so are between April and September. That is generally when the weather is at its most clement but we would still recommend coming prepared for any conditions and checking the weather forecast before you travel.
What’s the terrain like on the routes?
The terrain will vary depending on which route you are on. Most of the routes are on quiet country roads but there are elements of the routes that go through busy market towns and may contain off-road cinder track sections. Contact the tour operators listed on this site to find out more information.
Are the routes well signposted?
Yes, most of the routes we cover are well signposted but we strongly recommend taking some form of map with you. Tour operators will provide these for you if you're booking a package holiday option, but you can download GPX files on each of our ride pages which can be uploaded to GPS systems and mobile Apps.
Can I book a cycling package?
Every ride we list on this website can be booked as a package holiday option. On each ride page, you'll be able to find a list of trusted tour operators who currently offer them, and they will allow you to tailor your trip based on your your budget and own specific requirements.
Do you need to be fit to ride these routes?
A degree of cycling ability and road knowledge is recommended. Should you want to upgrade to an electric bike to make your ride easier, contact one of the tour operators or bike hire providers we have listed.
Who should I contact in case of an emergency?
Call 999 in the case of an emergency in the UK. If you've chosen a package holiday option and have a problem with your bike, or find yourself wanting to stop cycling, please contact your tour operator for assistance. We have also listed a range of bike hire providers on our site who may be able to help you if you've booked your own cycling trip.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Although it is not the British law to wear helmets when cycling, we do strongly recommend the use of helmets. If you're booking a package holiday option, some tour operators may insist on wearing a helmet for insurance purposes.
What’s the best way to travel to each location?
See our locations pages to get information on how to travel to each individual county, either by car, coach, train, ferry or air.
What should I wear?
We recommend wearing a helmet and checking the weather forecasts regularly so you wear cycle clothing that is appropriate to the temperature and conditions.
What is the Highway Code for cycling in the UK?
We recommend visiting the UK Government's website to read all the information on safe cycling in the UK.
good to know before visiting
Whilst you're obviously welcome to cycle our routes at any time of the year, we believe the best months to do so are between April and September. That is generally when the weather is at its most clement but we would still recommend coming prepared for any conditions and checking the weather forecast before you travel.
Safety on the roads
- In the UK you must cycle on the left-hand side of the road and it’s recommended to use cycle lanes when they are available. Cycle lanes will be marked by a white line and clear signposting will be in place to highlight the lane is available for cyclists.
- When you're preparing to exit a cycle lane, check it's safe to do so before pulling out and signal your intentions to other road users by using clear arm signals.
- We recommend you wear a helmet which is the correct size and securely fastened at all times whilst cycling.
- We also advise wearing appropriate clothes for cycling and being prepared for all weather conditions.
- When there is poor visibility, you must have a white front and red rear lights on your bicycle.
For more information on the UK Highway Code for cyclists visit the GOV website.
Bike hire, maintenance & support
Throughout our chosen locations you will find cycling shops and bike hire companies which offer a wide variety of bikes, e-bikes and maintenance products. If you are intending to book one of the package holiday options listed on our site, the tour operators we've selected all offer bike hire options. If you'd like to book your own holiday however, you may find our bike hire page useful. Click HERE.
Luggage transfer options
If you opt for one of the package holidays listed on this site, the tour operators we have selected all offer luggage transfer solutions. If you'd like to book your own holiday however, you may find our luggage transfer companies page useful. Click HERE.
We have provided GPX files for each of the rides listed on this website, although if you decide to book a package holiday option, your tour operator should also provide you with customised maps and route information depending on your itinerary and accommodation selections. Please contact your tour operator directly for more information.
The GPX files we have listed on this website should be compatible with all commonly used cycling apps and GPS devices. If you are booking a cycling holiday package, please contact the tour operator directly to find out more information on the compatibility of their maps and files.
We recommend that you have travel insurance for any cycling holiday, even if it’s a short trip.