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Exploring by bike

Pop to the shops, explore your local lanes or head off on a freewheeling holiday.

Cycling is a great way to keep fit, save money and help cut traffic – just a few of the benefits of bikes. If you’re new or returning to cycling, there’s loads of help available to get you up and peddling from people like Sustrans, Cycling UK and Love to Ride.

Your local bike shop can help you find the right bike and keep it running smoothly. Freewheel also offer aftercare from local bike shop. Or you might find a local charity selling refurbished bikes, like this. If you use a bike for getting to work you could save at least 25% with Cyclescheme.

If you fancy trying out a folding bike without buying one, you could check out Brompton Subscription, a sort of long-term hire scheme.

  1. Cycling holidays

    You could set off from your door to explore the epic National Cycle Network. Or take your bike on the train to the holiday spot of your choice, if you book ahead.

    If you’d prefer to let someone else sort out the route and the rooms, why not book a self-guided cycling holiday from people like Open Road Open Skies, Contours, or Skedaddle. For a real adventure how about bikepacking in Wales with Roam. Or if you’re feeling like a relaxing option, then National Forest E-Bike Holidays could be just the thing.

    For cycle-friendly accommodation try Cyclists Welcome, YHA and Premier Inn (who let you keep your bike in your room!).