Cycling holidays

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Drama and stark beauty at every turn: readers’ favourite winter cycles in the UK and Europe
From the snowy peaks of Spain’s Sierra Nevada to Northamptonshire’s winding country lanes, our tipsters share the bicycle routes that inspire them

Guardian readers

27, Jan, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Walkers of the world unite! The last Clarion House, a radical rest for ramblers and cyclists
Near Nelson, Lancashire, a refuge built in 1912 for mill workers to meet in nature is still open for tea and leftwing sympathy

Chris Moss

18, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Pedals at dawn: an early morning gravel bike ride in the New Forest
It’s tempting to hibernate at this time of year, but cycling the national park’s off-road trails is the perfect winter tonic

Sam Haddad

17, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Perfect for the wilderness: a Cairngorms safari by e-bike
Host to lush forests, red deer and buzzards, an out-of-season guided cycle trip around Braemar reveals a landscape in a state of flux

Jamie Lafferty

24, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Dartmoor train line is back after 50 years – here’s what to do and see along the route
Later this month the line will deliver walkers, cyclists and wild campers to the northern edge of the national park. Here’s a brief guide to the area

Chris Moss

08, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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A county for taste: cycling around Rutland, England’s secret foodie heartland
The smallest county holds astonishing culinary variety: from prize-winning pubs and pastries to an England bowler’s grill school – plus a lovely bit of squirrel

Sarah Baxter

04, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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How to escape the crowds in Cornwall? On a bike
The 200km West Kernow Way is a new bikepacking route round the county’s famous peninsulas, offering varied terrain and quiet beauty even this busy summer

Rob Penn

03, Sep, 2021 @5:30 AM

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E for easy: cycling the Swiss Alps by e-bike
With Switzerland now on the travel green list, it’s the perfect time to head for the hills. But if lockdown has left you struggling for fitness, an e-bike can take the strain out of the climbs

Alf Alderson

27, Aug, 2021 @11:07 AM

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'It makes you feel alive while half-killing you': cycling in Carmarthenshire
Between the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian mountains is an area of big hills and big views, laced with quiet roads perfect for those on two wheels

Dixe Wills

25, Aug, 2021 @5:30 AM

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A week on the old smugglers’ trail in Spain and Portugal
Staying in a house with a colourful history, our writer enjoys a sunny week of cycling, markets and festivals in two countries

Dixe Wills

22, Aug, 2021 @6:00 AM

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A cycle through Spanish history: retracing the 1941 Vuelta a España
An epic ride in the shadow of Julián Berrendero, who spent 18 months in a Franco concentration camp, then put two fingers up to the dictator by winning the race

Tim Moore

21, Aug, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Great North Road: cycling the old route from London to Edinburgh
Following the original coaching route to Scotland for his new book, our writer enjoys a more evocative journey brimming with history

Steve Silk

08, Jul, 2021 @6:00 AM

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