Cycling in Bedfordshire

In recent years cycling has become a popular leisure activity in Bedfordshire. Cycling round Bedfordshire is a great way to see Bedfordshire at your own pace and many cycle routes have been designed to pass famous locations without being too strenuous. Bedfordshire has many attractive options for the cyclist with several National Cycle Network routes passing through the county. Highlights include the Luton and South Beds Way with its long traffic free sections and the Grand Union Canal ideal for a leisurely afternoon cycle.

With many cycle routes offering stunning views of Bedfordshire famous landmarks cycling can be a great way to explore and keep active while you’re away on holiday. If you don’t want to bring your own bikes with you cycle hire is available at a range of shops across Bedfordshire providing a range of bikes to hire from kids bikes to trial and mountain bikes also providing helmets, tools and maps to help rookie cyclists in the region. In addition many cycle shops offer coaching, training courses and guided tours for the inexperienced cyclists who still want to enjoy riding in Bedfordshire.

There are a range of great cycle routes, here are some ones that we recommend trying in Bedfordshire. Bedford to Sandy, This lovely route follows NCN routes 12 and 51 and the Bedford to Sandy way, an off road path perfect for walking or cycling. The ride is very flat with views of the Rivers Great Ouse and Ivel plus a spell through Priory Country Park. Also on the route is the National Trust owned Willington Dovecote & Stables, a Tudor stone-built stable, built for Henry VIII's 1541 visit. Secondly the Rushmere Country Park ride explores 400 acres of lakes, ancient woodland conifer plantations, meadows and heath in this country park in Leighton Buzzard. The park has numerous pleasant walking trails and a number of family cycle routes. Lastly The Three Shires Way is a long distance bridleway which runs between Tathall End in north-east Buckinghamshire and Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire. The route traces the outline of ancient trackways and passes through a beautiful rural landscape. Along the way it skirts several small, historic villages, meanders through remnants of ancient woodland, and has many spectacular views.

We recommend using Sustrans national cycle network app, which is free on Apple and Android and enables the user access to over 25,000 miles of walking and cycling across the UK. Click here for a range of pubs with rooms catering for cycling holidays.

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