30 of the Best Cycling Holidays in the UK 2021
The world looks so much nicer when you’re riding a bike. From the valleys of Wales to the peaks of the Highlands, the UK boasts some amazing cycling routes. We've compiled a guide to the best campsites to stay at for a Great British cycling holiday.
1. Cambridge Club Site, Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire’s extensive network of cycle trails boasts flat land – making it an ideal location for a cycling holiday with the kids. Hop on your bike and explore the many cycle routes around the city, stopping off at points of interest along the way. Cambridge Club Site is four miles from the city, an ideal distance away from a faster pace of life. Pets are welcome on site and a children’s play area allows a safe place for kids to burn off extra energy.
2. Kessingland Club Site, Suffolk
Starting at the charming Suffolk market town of Beccles, close to our Kessingland Club Site, the Three Rivers Loop is a 23-mile circular route offering panoramic views of the Waveney Valley. Cycle gently through idyllic villages and towns, keeping an eye out for the abundance of wildlife that inhabit the local area.
3. West Runton Club Site, Norfolk
Nestled in the Norfolk Coast Area of Natural Beauty, West Runton Club Site is the perfect location from which to explore East Anglia’s beautiful countryside. The local area boasts some of the country’s best cycling routes, including the Norfolk Coast Causeway, the Broads Cycle Route and the Marriott’s Way Cycle Route.
4. Teversal Club Site, Nottinghamshire
This campsite has great access to traffic free cycling trails and with the Silverhill Wood Country Park just opposite the site, you can access the Teversal Trails. The Derbyshire Dales and Peak District offer endless cycling opportunities. Not only are bikes available to hire from the campsite, but kids are well catered for with space for ball games, a play area and family shower room on-site.
5. Ashbourne Club Site, Derbyshire
Running for 13 miles from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay, the Tissington Trail, starts near our Ashbourne Club Site. From Parsley Hay, the trail meets the High Peak Trail which is a 17-mile-long track running from Dudlow to Cromford. There are plenty more opportunities to explore the Peak District on two wheels such as Carsington Water. Ashbourne Club Site itself offers good facilities and even glamping for those looking for camping with an easy set up. Pets are welcome on-site; toilets and showers are available and there are a wide range of pitch types to choose from.
6. Crowden Club Site, Peak District
Crowden is a great site for backpackers and cyclists alike with a drying room and even camping pods available. There are endless cycling routes to explore throughout the Peak District National Park including the Pennine Way, Longendale Trail and the Chew Valley which is great for mountain bikers. Speak to site staff who can advise on the best routes for you. From Crowden Club Site, you can visit the Howden and Ladybower Reservoirs which is where the Dam Busters was filmed. Within driving distance, you’ll find Chatsworth House and Marsden Moor Estate, as well as the cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield.
7. Clent Hills Club Site, Birmingham
Aptly named, this campsite is located less than a mile from the Clent Hills – where you’ll find miles of paths to explore. Quiet country lanes and gentle valleys are within reach at the Shropshire Hills too. Explore the 8.5 mile track and countryside around Ludlow with the wonderful Lady Halton Route.
Lying close to the historic city of Birmingham, Clent Hills is within reach of top attractions including Cadbury World, the Black Country Living Museum and of course the city centre with the National Sea Life Centre.
8. Boroughbridge Club Site, Yorkshire
Open all-year-round, Boroughbridge Club Site offers great access to the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors National Parks. There is a circular 170-mile cycling route from Morecambe to Bridlington which passes the site and there are plenty of other routes to be explored further afield. As for attractions Ripley Castle, Brimham Rocks, Harewood House, York Minster and the Jorvik Viking Centre are all nearby and worth a visit.
Boroughbridge Club Site has a wide range of pitch types, washing machines and there’s a pub within one mile. Dogs are well catered for with a designated dog-walk on-site.
9. Beadnell Bay Club Site, Northumberland
The Coast and Castles and National Cycle Routes pass by this site making it a great cycling location with plenty of route options. Cycle Northumberland has some great routes marked out. Beadnell Bay itself is just a few minutes from the campsite and offers a sandy break away from the site. The medieval Alnwick Castle is nearby along with Bamburgh Castle, both worth a visit. A play area, space for ball games and great facilities make Beadnell Bay a great family campsite.
10. Dunstan Hill Club Site, Northumberland
This rural campsite is in an ideal location to explore the North Northumberland Heritage Coast. Explore the “castle coast” on bike, with plenty of tracks, quiet lanes and circular trails to enjoy. Dunstanburgh Castle is to the north of the campsite and looks over the Farne Islands. On-site you’ll find a play area, space for ball games, dog walk and family shower room.
11. Delamont Country Park Club Site, County Down, Northern Ireland
Set in the picturesque area of the same name, our Delamont Country Park Club Site is an excellent base for a cycling holiday in Northern Ireland. Head for the nearby Mourne Mountains, the highest mountain range in Northern Ireland. Join the Mourne Loop and gawk at the breath-taking coastal and mountain views.
12. Delamere Forest Club Site, Cheshire
Either bring your bikes along with you or hire one at the Delamere Forest Visitor Centre and enjoy two cycle routes directly from the campsite. This is one of our top campsites for cycling, being located on Cheshire’s largest area of woodland. The naturally sheltered campsite has an on-site shop for your camping essentials, welcomes pets and is within one mile of a pub.
13. Keswick Club Site, Cumbria
Being in the heart of the Lake District, Keswick Club Site is an ideal base for those wanting to make the most of Lake District cycling. You’ll be spoilt for choice with numerous lake and hillside tracks and trails easily accessible directly from the campsite. A very popular location for cycling holidays, Keswick has all of the facilities you’ll need to rest up on-site. Toilets, showers, backpacker facilities and washing machines are just a few of the amenities on offer to make your trip as easy as possible.
14. Ravenglass Club Site, Cumbria
Six acres of woodland surround this site, just 500 metres from the seafront. With both the woodland to explore on your bike and a beach nearby, you get the perfect mix of both worlds. The Hadrian’s Cycleway starts nearby and explores over 170 miles of fascinating Roman history. The campsite is within good reach of pubs, beaches and caters well for family life.
15. Moffat Club Site, Dumfries and Galloway
Lying adjacent to Moffat Club Site, Kayantics offer bike hire and escorted trips out. There are plenty of road routes to explore from the campsite including a route which takes you through the centre of the town to Ercistane and back. The Forest of Ae (around 5 miles from the campsite) has a network of cycle routes ranging from an easy to extreme difficulty rating. Toilets, showers, dishwashing and ice pack freezing are available amongst other facilities.
16. Culzean Castle Club Site, Ayrshire
Situated on the west coast of Scotland, our Culzean Castle Club Site sits proudly in the grounds of the castle of the same name. From this site, you can join the Ayrshire Coast Cycle Way in the nearby town of Ayr. Tracing the coastline all the way to Irvine, this cycle route boasts some of the best views in Western Scotland.
17. Jedburgh Club Site, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Covering over 55 miles of serene Scottish countryside, the 4 Abbeys route joins the dots between the four most iconic abbeys in the Scottish Borders - Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh. The latter is a short distance from our Jedburgh Club Site. This route is fairly demanding and takes roughly around 5 – 6 hours to complete.
18. Horsley Club Site, Surrey
There are a number of cycle routes near Horsley Club Site that are ideal for experienced cyclists. The routes take you along quiet country lanes and are well signposted. Speak to site staff to find out more about local routes. One of our top campsites for fishing, Horsley is a peaceful site, tucked away with fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities. RHS Garden Wisely, Brooklands Museum and the London Bus Museum are just a few of the nearby attractions to choose from.
19. Slindon Club Site, West Sussex
With plenty of quiet country lanes to explore as well as off-road areas, ideal for mountain bikers, Slindon offers a range of terrains. Arundel Castle, Arundel Wetland Centre and Bignor Estate with its Roman excavation site are great nearby attractions. The campsite welcomes pets, is well sheltered and has a range of pitch types to choose from.
20. Adgestone Club Site, Isle of Wight
The entire Isle of Wight is yours to explore on a camping trip to Adgestone. There are numerous cycling opportunities directly from the campsite, ask site staff for recommended routes on arrival. Adgestone has a takeaway, dog walk, area for a ball games and a family shower room.
21. Theobalds Park Club Site, London
Although just off the M25, you wouldn’t realise London was just 30 minutes away via train. In the heart of the countryside, Theobalds makes an ideal break away from the busy city. The nearby Lee Valley Park caters well for not only cyclists but walkers and nature lovers too. Cycling routes are well marked and ideal for family cycling.
22. Veryan Club Site, Cornwall
The Pentewan Trail and Cornwall's Mineral Tramways are accessible nearby and offer a wide variety of terrains and difficulty levels. The Mineral Tramways are great for all cyclists from beginners to mountain bikers. Alongside the cycling, there are beautiful beaches, National Trust gardens, the National Maritime Museum and plenty of other attractions to enjoy. There’s a fishing lake, designated dog walk, pub within one mile and Ready Camp tents for those looking for an easy camping break. Veryan is a great base for exploring the unspoilt Roseland Heritage Coast.
23. Slapton Sands Club Site, Devon
Right next to the sandy shores of the beach of the same name, Slapton Sands Club Site has plenty of cycling options for a range of abilities. The nearby beaches are great for shorter rides whilst the South Devon Heritage Coast offers plenty of routes. For a longer route, suitable for experienced cyclists, the Devon Coast to Coast trail passes not far from the site. Dogs are welcome on this campsite which offers a good range of facilities including toilets and showers.
24. Lynton Club Site, Devon
The Two Moors Way, Traka Trail and Samaritans Way South West are all accessible from Lynton Club Site. All popular routes with cyclists and walkers, they can be tailored to your ability and provide stunning scenery of the Devon countryside. On-site, you can buy a cycling map and the site managers can provide information on the best route for you. Nearby beaches and an on-site play area are sure to keep the kids entertained on non-cycling days.
25. California Cross Club Site, Devon
Near the starting point of the Two Moors Way, California Cross is one of our top sites for beaches and families. Enjoy an active cycling break, exploring the north Devon coast or take things easy with a gentle ride through the rolling countryside. Located between two sandy beaches, there’s plenty for families to do both on and off site.
26. Verwood Club Site, Dorset
With way-marked tracks, the New Forest more than caters for those venturing out on two wheels. With the whole of the New Forest to explore, you’ll never run out of routes to take and things to see. Not only is Verwood great for cyclists, there are a selection of great family attractions nearby including Paultons Family Theme Park and Splashdown Water Park. On site a ball game area, family shower room, recreation hall and play area will keep the kids entertained.
27. Corfe Castle Club Site, Dorset
The Purbeck Hills, an Area of Outstanding natural beauty is an ideal location to explore on two wheels as a family. This short, off road Rempstone route is worth a try. This is one of our top sites for beaches, dogs and photography. Corfe Castle Club Sites offers a family shower room, children’s play area and mother and baby room making it perfect for a family cycling holiday.
28. Llanystumdwy Club Site, Snowdonia, Wales
Set on the idyllic Llyn Peninsula on the outskirts of the Snowdonia National Park, our Llanystumdwy Club Site is a truly special place to stay. From this site, it’s easy to join the Brailsford Way. The route is named after revered British cyclist coach Sir David Brailsford, as these mountain roads were where he learnt his trade.
29. Rhandirmwyn Club Site, Carmarthenshire
Situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Rhandirmwyn Club Site is an ideal place for a cycling holiday in Wales. Follow the meandering pathway of the Twyi Tour along Wales’ longest river, through the heart of the country and past ancient castles. The Cambrian Way also passes through the edge of the campsite.
30. Wyeside Club Site, Powys
Located on the outskirts of the charming market town of Rhayader, Wyeside Club Site is an ideal haven for a Welsh cycling holiday. Grab your bike and join the nearby Elan Valley Tour. Passing Garreg Ddu Reservoir and Craig Goch Dam, the Elan Valley Tour boasts some of the most spectacular views in Wales.
From the Scottish Highlands to the coast of Cornwall, we’ve created simple guides to some of our favourite cycling tours from around the country. These tours cover hundreds of miles and take days to complete, so we’ve also listed which Club Sites you can camp at along the way.