U.K,s TOP cycling area.

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U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby pride4ever » Thu Mar 28, 2013 17:55 pm

What do you believe is the best area for cycling in the UK and why...discuss.
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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby Mouth » Thu Mar 28, 2013 18:07 pm

Hmm, very subjective is this. Personally I like it flat so would automatically look towards Lincolnshire or Norfolk. There are however plenty of sadists who prefer a lumpier road and will immediately pitch in with the Peak District and it's surrounding area.

Personally I'm going with anywhere on the East coast, sort of between Nottingham and Skegness.
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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby pride4ever » Thu Mar 28, 2013 18:29 pm

Mouth wrote:Hmm, very subjective is this. Personally I like it flat so would automatically look towards Lincolnshire or Norfolk. There are however plenty of sadists who prefer a lumpier road and will immediately pitch in with the Peak District and it's surrounding area.

Personally I'm going with anywhere on the East coast, sort of between Nottingham and Skegness.



The east coast is cool, some nice quiet roads round there. I must admit I feel very lucky to live in the WestYorkshire/ East Peak District area. Its amazing for cycling round here and I can only think of North Yorkshire as somewhere maybe better. Castleton as got to be thee place for cyclists, never ceases to amaze me just how many road cyclists you see there whenever you go, brilliant place and the terrain is simply breathtaking.
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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby Flasher » Thu Mar 28, 2013 18:38 pm

Has to be Surrey, not only because of the Olympics, but it's where I live, so also very convenient!

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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby Supermurph09 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 18:48 pm

Mouth wrote:Hmm, very subjective is this. Personally I like it flat so would automatically look towards Lincolnshire or Norfolk. There are however plenty of sadists who prefer a lumpier road and will immediately pitch in with the Peak District and it's surrounding area.

Personally I'm going with anywhere on the East coast, sort of between Nottingham and Skegness.


Most of my riding is in Derbyshire and the Peaks as I live that way now so its all lumpy which I like, but I'm from Edwinstowe and will be passing back through and out that way to Skeg (been many times in the car) on my way to my first planned 100 miler. I'll provide a comparison. But for now, the peak district really is fantastic, Burbage Moor a particular high point (pun intended). Winnatts Pass will be up next.

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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby elderone » Thu Mar 28, 2013 18:50 pm

In my limited experience I have to say north shrops/welsh border..More than enough hills but can head down onto the shrops plain for flatter/lumpy ride.
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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby zoltansocrates » Thu Mar 28, 2013 19:03 pm

anywhere north of perth, its basically the alps of scotland

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Postby Bozman » Thu Mar 28, 2013 19:11 pm

I live in Derbyshire and you can't fault it for cycling but I do like Cornwall because it's brutal in places, though the lanes can be a little dodgy.
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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby RonB » Thu Mar 28, 2013 19:14 pm

zoltansocrates wrote:anywhere north of perth, its basically the alps of scotland


I would go with that. Wester Ross in particular, with the incentive that if you stop the midges will get ya!
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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby pete_s » Thu Mar 28, 2013 19:48 pm

Definitely the Cotswolds. Hilly in the east and flat in the west. Got quite a few killer climbs as well.

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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby Sussed out » Thu Mar 28, 2013 19:50 pm

Yorkshire.

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Postby Loretta Damage » Thu Mar 28, 2013 20:06 pm

Shropshire for me with the occasional foray over into mid/north Wales. Great choice of routes straight from my village and a great mix of flats, hills and rolling roads. Views from the Stiperstones, Long Mynd and Long Mountain on a clear day are as good as anything you'll see (IMHO!). Great coffee shop and LBS in town as well.

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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby bianchimoon » Thu Mar 28, 2013 20:13 pm

North Yorkshire quiet roads, hills, flat routes in the vale of York Yorkshire moors one side, Yorkshire dales on the other. Although I've always fancied riding in the new forest
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Postby bernithebiker » Thu Mar 28, 2013 20:33 pm

Flasher wrote:Has to be Surrey, not only because of the Olympics, but it's where I live, so also very convenient!


I lived in Richmond for 10 years, and did a bit of road riding in that time. Have to say, a bit underwhelmed; i always found the roads in Surrey busy, narrow and poorly surfaced, maybe I just never found the right ones.....!
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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby Inutero » Thu Mar 28, 2013 20:44 pm

zoltansocrates wrote:anywhere north of perth, its basically the alps of scotland


I second that. Working my way up, slowly. As soon as you get out of Perth, all the B roads are pretty quiet.

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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby chuckla » Thu Mar 28, 2013 20:50 pm

South Wales butt! Every kind of road you can think of down here!

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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby HasselHough » Thu Mar 28, 2013 21:05 pm

The north west.

Hills. Trough of Bowland, nick o'pendle, Belmont, Anglezarke, jubilee tower, and many many more.
The open flats of the Fylde and southport.
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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby amaferanga » Thu Mar 28, 2013 21:06 pm

Northumberland / Scottish Borders / Dumfries and Galloway. Great roads and virtually no traffic. Sutherland and the Western Isles are also right up there. Peaks and Yorkshire are good, but way more traffic.
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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby MountainMonster » Thu Mar 28, 2013 21:12 pm

Cambridgeshire has probably the best mountains in the world.

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Re: U.K,s TOP cycling area.

Postby Rolf F » Thu Mar 28, 2013 21:28 pm

Mouth wrote:Hmm, very subjective is this. Personally I like it flat so would automatically look towards Lincolnshire or Norfolk.
Personally I'm going with anywhere on the East coast, sort of between Nottingham and Skegness.


My idea of cycling hell! I'd fall off due to boredom or die after hours of battle against mindnumbing headwinds!

Yorkshire works for me. That said, I often cycle around Sussex where my parents live and like that too. There is an advantage that in less remote areas, whilst the scenery isn't a patch on eg the North, there are a lot more roads to choose so more variety of routes. And more options for quieter lanes. The only problem with Leeds is that it takes a little while to get anywhere flat if you do fancy a change but there is so much variety around here it will keep me busy for a while yet.
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