Cycling along the Thames Path in London with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the background |  <i>Kate Baker</i> Cycling into Guiting Power |  <i>John Millen</i> Cycling in Rookhope along the Coast to Coast in England |  <i>Andrew Bain</i> Cycling on Guernsey's west coast  |  <i>Chris George</i>
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England Cycling Tours: 5 of the Best Self Guided Bike Holidays

Explore England on an affordable cycling holiday

If you're a fan of active travel and want to explore England on a cycling tour, you're in the right place. Here we list our Top 5 of the best self guided cycling holidays in England.

On these unforgettable bike trips in England, you'll discover the beautiful rolling countryside, charming villages, authentic food and beer, and that warm, good natured hospitality that England is renowned for. Pedal your way from Paris to London, experience the Cotswolds, become immersed in the Isle of Wight, admire the coast in Cornwall or even ride the iconic Cyclist's Coast to Coast trail. The key advantage of a self guided bike tour is that you can cycle at your own pace and take the time to truly discover the hidden secrets of the country via England's back roads.

Without a doubt, these are 5 of England's best self guided cycling tours where you'll have a fantastic time.

 

  1. Paris to London by Bike: Self Guided and Guided

  2. Cycle from Paris to London on the Avenue Verte cycle path

     

    Make your way between two of Europe's most fascinating capital cities: Paris and London. This is a bike tour that will take you on a carefully prepared route between France and England via some truly diverse scenery.

    Highlights of this bike trip are cycling through the Vexin natural park and witnessing the native flora and fauna, admiring the magnificent chateaux of Normandy, and crossing the English Channel by ferry.

    There are two options for the Paris to London bike tour: a self guided tour or a small group guided tour with an experienced guided leading the way. Both are highly rated ways of cycling from France to England.

  3. Cornish Cycle Tour

  4. Taking a break at Cape Cornwall

    Discover the famous seaside region of Cornwall in England's south west on an incredible cycling holiday. Highlights of this bike trip include seeing shipwrecks, eating cornish pasties, hearing the history of pirates and visiting sheltered coves. 

    Explore Cornwall your way on this 9 day self guided Cornish Cycle tour. It's graded as moderate to challenging, due to some hilly parts, however the beautiful rivers, castles and gardens are a fitting reward to this great bike holiday.

  5. Cotswolds By Bike Tour

  6. Quaint little town of Guiting Power, Cotswolds |  <i>John Millen</i>

     

    If you're yet to experience England's gorgeous countryside, the Cotswolds by Bike tour is the right trip for you. Spend your days cycling between village pubs and old coaching inns. Along the way, you'll absorb the charming features of the landscape: churches, gardens, Roman villas, regency buildings, fords, and cottages - all cobbled together by the intriguing English history. 

    This is what A Worsley from Australia had to say about their trip:

    "My daughter and I have just completed a self guided bike trip of the Cotswolds in England. What a fantastic experience, challenge and adventure the 8 days provided.The scenery was breathtaking and the townships we rode through were magnificent.All the accommodation was excellent with luggage always greeting us at our destination... Thoroughly recommend this adventure and thank you to UTracks for an efficient and comprehensive booking service."

  7. The Cyclist's Coast to Coast Tour

  8. Cycling along the Coast to Coast in England |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>

    While perhaps more famous as a walking tour, the Coast to Coast trail can also be completed on a bike as well. Also known as Wainwright's Way, the Coast to Coast route covers the breadth of England, from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. Cyclists can ride this trip in just 6 fun-filled days as they cross from Whitehaven to Tynemouth.

    This is a challenging, and overly satisfying, cycling trip. There's much to see, including the Cumbrian Lakes and Fells, the bleak Pennines, beautiful Dales and many warm and inviting inns to welcome you at the end of each enjoyable day. 

    As a fun fact, this route is nicknamed the C2C, which stands for Sea to Sea rather than the often-thought Coast to Coast! This is because riding the Coast to Coast follows a slightly different trail to the walking version.

  9. Isle of Wight Cycle Tour

  10. Stunning Freshwater Bay

    This is a lovely short cycling tour that fully explores the Isle of Wight in just 5 days. Due to the island's largely flat terrain, this ride is graded as introductory to moderate, and allows for plenty of free time to explore as you wish.

    The route starts in Ryde and circumnavigates all of the glorious coastal views of the Isle of White. Discover the estuary around Newport and the old town of Yarmouth, marvel at Queen Victoria's Osborne House and take the time to soak in the island lifestyle, half of which has been designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

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