Self-Guided Cycling Holidays In The UK

Explore the UK on two wheels with self-guided cycle routes for both leisure and advanced cyclists. A pub is an ideal base for a cycling holiday for just you, your friends or the whole family. They offer delicious food and drink with comfortable bedrooms to unwind in at the end of each day. Some have reasonably priced cycle hire nearby or on-site and many have secure storage facilities for your own bikes. Your friendly hosts will also help you find more cycle trails and amenities in the local area!

Our favourite routes

Calderdale, Yorkshire

Located in the South Pennines, Calderdale has steep valleys which provide exhilarating climbs and descents. With terrain that’s said to resemble the Alps or Pyrenees (but on a much smaller scale), Calderdale is the perfect spot for off-road cycling and mountain biking. Be sure to check out the magnificent Mary Towneley Loop – a challenging off-road trail that is guaranteed to test your limits! With free bike hire, well-stocked bike shops and handy pit stops, you’ll be spoiled by what Calderdale has to offer. Enjoy the blend of beauty and history that Calderdale has to offer.

Nearest pub: The Wheatley Arms

A large light coloured building with small patches of grass and some stairs to the side. There's a sign tucked behind the shrubbery that says "The Wheatley Arms"

If you’re looking to embark on a cycling mini break around Calderdale, The Wheatley Arms is perfect. With 12 beautiful bedrooms to choose from, a spacious bar and a welcoming restaurant, you’ll have the perfect space for you and your family to unwind at the end of a long day’s cycle.

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Glentress, Scotland

Glentress is one of Scotland’s famed 7stanes top-level biking centres with award-winning trails – from beginner green routes to fearsome black runs for experts. Situated in the heart of the stunning Tweed Valley, you’ll have fun exploring the forest whilst testing out the different routes. There’s also skill areas for you to practise your mountain biking technique. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike – you can easily hire adults and kids bikes from the Alpine Bikes shop onsite – just book online before you visit. Plus, dogs are welcome in the visitor centre and café!

Nearest pub: The Horseshoe Inn

A luxury double bedroom with a sofa, bedside tables either side, lamps, desk with remote control and floral curtains that have been drawn to let the sunlight in

The multi-award-winning Horseshoe Inn is a beautiful country pub situated just 30 minutes south of Edinburgh. Here, you’ll find proper food, real beer and super comfy beds. With views of the stunning surroundings, you’ve got  everything you need for a relaxing stay.


The Best Scottish Country Pub – (Entertainment and Hospitality Awards)

Best Scottish Country Pub – (The Luxury Travel Guide)

Best Licensed Premises – (Scottish Business Awards)

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Coed Llandegla, Wales

Coed Llandegla is a stunning private wood with exciting trails for all skill levels. One of the most popular routes is the 12km beginner’s ride that features a gentle uphill cycle followed by a downhill stint and taster jumps. Fun, adrenaline and muddy faces are guaranteed! The visitor centre has everything you need – from a bike shop, bike hire and workshop facilities to an award-winning café, you’ll be set for an amazing day out.

Nearest pub: Wynnstay Arms

A large building with 2 signs which both say "Wynnstay Arms". There are multiple entrances, and green shrubbery along the side of the building

Nestled in the sleepy town of Ruabon, the Wynnstay Arms is a North Wales jewel that’s bursting with character and charm. There’s 12 beautiful bedrooms, a cosy bar, comfy sofas and roaring fires to turn your cycling trip into a cycling haven. Plus, a delicious Welsh breakfast is included to give you that much-needed energy boost for your adventure.

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Start planning now

Don’t forget to visit Sustrans. They’ve made it easy for you to find self-guided National Cycle Network routes by region, distance and traffic-free areas with their interactive map. Plan your trip and navigate your way around the UK.

Ready to book your trip?

Now you’ve had a taste of inspiration, it’s time to book either your solo adventure or a fun cycling trip for your family/friends. If you’re still undecided, we’ve got more pubs below that are near picturesque bike trails.

If you know where you want to take your cycling holiday, go to our pub accommodation search and just enter your desired location.

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