“Upon England’s Mountains Green”: Great Cycling Trips in England

Published On August 29, 2016 | By Davin Jasoon | Travel

There are few biking paths with a better picture of challenge and attractiveness than those in the English countryside. England is a very “green” nation, and has a long and proud history of celebrating that greenness in poetry, song, and, yes, physical activity. Its natural beauty serves as the perfect backdrop to any bike trip, while its rolling hills and lush lakeside terrain make it perfect for bicyclists looking to bike through the type of terrain that has become such a mythologised part of our past. These paths can evoke everything from the Britain of Boudicca to the pilgrimages of Chaucer, the Regency splendor of Jane Austen to the Romantic lakes of Keats and Coleridge. In short, they make for rides which are as intellectually and emotionally exhilarating as they are physically stimulating. Here, then, are just a few choice areas along which you can book a biking trip and see England’s past unfold before you.

LAKESIDE ROUTES

Some of England’s most idyllic areas may be found right by the banks and rivers of what is known as the “Lake District.” Designated one of England’s national parks in 1949, the Lake District makes for one of the Northwest’s most refreshing bike routes. Of all the regions of natural splendor to be found in England, this is by far one of the most famous, due in no small part to the fact that it was a favourite topic of some of England’s greatest poets. The Romantics, in particular, flocked to the Lake District, where William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and John Keats in particular wrote some of their most memorable works about the area. The bike routes here thus take you past some of the most celebrated hills, streams, and bluffs in English literary history.

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COTSWOLD and STRATFORD

William Shakespeare is, without a doubt, not merely the most famous and popular author in the English language, but one of the most influential forces upon the language in history. To bike through Cotswold and Stratford is to take a trip back in time to the 16th century to Shakespeare’s England, alive with the contrasting sounds of nature’s rustling and people bustling through Shakespeare’s birthplace. Some of the area’s Tudor-era architecture has either been preserved or rebuilt, and the terrain itself includes a canal which runs south of the city. The historical, cultural, and natural wonders alike make a trip through the area one of the top options for cycle holidays in England.

WARWICK CASTLE

What’s a trip to Merrie Olde England without visiting a castle? That’s the line of thought for many a foreign tourist, and cycling trips past Warwick Castle fulfil such an impulse, transporting tourists back nearly a millennium and taking cyclists past a structure built by order of William the Conqueror in 1068. The surrounding area is a snapshot of pre-William England, giving you a chance to view both the England of Anglo-Saxon life and literature and the Norman rule which came after.

From literary greats to lakeside beauty, bike holidays in England offer paths through the nation’s history and soul.

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