While some hardcore cycle enthusiasts love to don their GORE bike wear and get out and about on two wheels even during the harshest of winter conditions, many prefer to wait until the weather becomes a little more inviting.
With the days getting longer and spring on the horizon, consumers may therefore be thinking about new places they can go and explore on their bikes.Recently, the Guardian featured a number of suggestions sent in by its readers. For example, the West Pennine Moors in Lancashire were identified as a good spot. The area features towers and ruins, as well as “reservoirs, great wildlife and challenging cycling”. The Rake in Ramsbottom is even used in national hill climb races.
Those who plan to pack their GORE clothing and spend a couple of days or longer on their two-wheeled adventures may want to consider taking a trip from Newcastle to Edinburgh.
There is 200 miles between the two cities and heading from south to north is said to be favorable in terms of wind conditions. Cyclists can explore a mixture of traffic-free tracks and quiet, minor roads. Meanwhile, views to savor while on the adventure include Holy Island, Tynemouth Priory, Chathill Station and Alnmouth. Those who are intent on sightseeing might also want to check out Bamburgh and Warkworth castles.
Meanwhile, in Wales there is the Lon Las Ogwen cycle path in Gwynedd to think about. This 16km cycle path starts at Bangor and travels through the Ogwen Valley and into gentle woodland before venturing past the slate quarries of Bethesda and ending up at a panorama of the Ogwen valley.