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A Scenic Bicycle Road Trip Across the UK

If you’re looking for an epic road trip that’s both affordable and beautiful, the Great Britain cycling route is a perfect choice. This 600-mile journey across England, Scotland, and Wales takes cyclists through some of the country’s most historic towns, cities, and countryside. 

It’s also not as difficult as it might seem at first glance: The route is mostly flat (aside from a few hills in Wales), which means that cyclists of all ages can follow it comfortably. 

If you’re ready to take on this exciting adventure yourself but don’t know where to start planning your trip—or if you’ve been dreaming about making this trip for years but haven’t had time yet—this article will give you everything you need to know about planning your own London-Edinburgh bicycle tour!

London to Bath

London to Bath is a scenic route that will take you through some of England’s most beautiful countryside. It’s also one of the longest rides on this trip, so our friends from London Transport Hub recommend stopping at one of Bath’s many cafes or pubs for food and drink.

Once in Bath, you can stop at any of the city’s many cafes or pubs for a drink and lunch. There are also plenty of shops to explore and galleries to visit if you want to take a break from cycling.

Bath to Brighton

The Bath to Brighton ride is a beautiful 50-mile journey that goes along the River Avon, through the Cotswolds, and into Brighton. The route is easy to follow, and there are plenty of places to stop for lunch or dinner if you’re feeling hungry. If you want some more information about this scenic ride, check out our guide here!

The best time to go is during the summer months when the weather is warm (but not too hot) and the days are long. You’ll also have a better chance of seeing wildlife like deer and lizards.

Brighton to Southampton

The route from Brighton to Southampton is about 100km (62 miles) and mostly flat. It passes through the New Forest, Isle of Wight, Solent, and several small towns, including Fareham (a good place for a rest stop).

The route is well-signed, but you should be aware of several junctions where getting lost is easy. Here’s a map of the route:

Southampton to Bournemouth

We recommend a leisurely ride of around 12 hours, allowing an extra couple of hours at either end for sightseeing and breaks. There are a few places to eat along the way if you want to stop for lunch or dinner, but otherwise, you’ll need to bring your own food with you (a good idea, anyway).

You can also choose to ride for longer or shorter times, but we recommend starting early in the day so that you don’t have to worry about riding at night. The best time to go is during spring or fall when it’s not too hot, and there aren’t any major storms in the forecast.

Bournemouth to Salisbury

Bournemouth to Salisbury is a distance of about 50 miles. You can take the train, but if you’re cycling, then it’s an easy ride on quiet roads that takes in some of Britain’s best natural scenery.

You’ll pass through Salisbury Plain and travel through The New Forest (which is also known as The King’s Forest), where several Chaucerian characters lived and worked in medieval times. 

You’ll pass through Christchurch and Lymington before reaching your destination at Salisbury Cathedral, home to some of England’s oldest churches, including St Thomas’ Church which dates back to 1220!

Salisbury to Llanelli

From Salisbury to Llanelli is a long ride, but it’s also one of the most scenic stretches of your entire trip. The area around Stonehenge is home to some of England’s oldest monuments and some of its newest buildings. You’ll want to spend some time exploring this area. You can walk through the stones themselves or take a guided tour around them.

You’ll pass through many small towns along the way, each with its own unique character: Marlborough, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace), Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle, Cardiff…and more! It will be hard not to stop often throughout this section, as there are so many things worth seeing along the way!

Llanelli to Wales by Ferry

You’ll need to take the train from London Paddington station to get to Wales by ferry. Trains run every 30 minutes during peak times and every hour off-peak. The journey takes just under two hours, so plan accordingly if you’re traveling at night. You may want to stay in Llanelli for the night rather than make your way back up again!

Once you get off at Fishguard Harbour Station (which is located right next door), make sure that you pick up your bike before getting on board. Otherwise, it will be left behind by mistake when the ferry departs for Rosslare in Ireland (which is where we’re headed). Once everyone has boarded the ferry and settled into their cabins (or sleeping quarters), dinner will be served shortly thereafter. In case anyone hasn’t figured this out, bring food! There isn’t much selection onboard except for drinks and snacks like chips or candy bars.

However, there are vending machines available as well if someone really wants something more substantial, like pizza slices or hot dogs but doesn’t have any cash left over after purchasing tickets ahead of time online beforehand. Those would cost extra, though.

Wales by Ferry to Fishguard, Ireland

The ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare is operated by Stena Line and takes 2 hours. You can buy tickets online or at the station before you travel. One-way tickets cost £90, and return tickets cost £180. The ferry is not covered by National Rail, so you’ll need to pay for it separately from your train ticket if you want to go all the way from London to Edinburgh.


We hope you enjoyed our Scenic Bicycle Road Trip Across the UK. It’s a fun way to see some of the most beautiful parts of Great Britain and a great way to exercise! If you have any questions about planning your trip or want more information about what we covered today, please feel free to comment below.

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