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With cycle-hire schemes in almost every city and town, plus with more and more dedicated bike lanes and cycle docking stations appearing all over, there’s never been a better time to explore Britain’s towns and cities by bike.

Five guided bike tours of London

Eight bike-friendly city experiences

London

Take to the Thames Path for landmark spotting along the largely traffic-free route. Or join a themed bike tour with Tally Ho! Popular themes include the Secret London Pub Tour, Landmarks & Gems, and City & Secrets.

Birmingham

Explore #BrumByBike with a self-guided digital tour. The Tolkien Route follows the footsteps of the writer of ‘The Lord of the Rings’. The 12-mile Cadbury route route will lead you through the history of the Cadbury family and Bournville Village.

Brighton

Cycle Brighton’s streets on a BTN Bike, located at docking stations around the city and charged at 4p per minute with a £1 unlocking fee. Or why not share a tandem and put a smile on your (and other people’s) faces as you zoom, glide or even wobble along the seafront.

Bristol

This three-mile Bristol Docks Loop will lead you through the city centre to the Cumberland Basin, for a impressive perspective of the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. Bristol Cycle Shack offers bike hire from £15 per day.

Manchester

Enjoy Manchester’s 55 miles of protected cycle routes. For a leisurely canal-side cycle with some big attractions in the mix, join the Ashton Canal Cycleway. Starting at Piccadilly Gardens, the route passes Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium and the National Cycling Centre.

Liverpool

A Beatles tour on bike will save your legs thanks to using electric bikes on this three-and-a-half hour tour featuring Liverpool’s famous Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, the grave of Eleanor Rigby and John Lennon’s house.

Cardiff

For a traffic-free waterside route, follow the circular Cardiff Bay Trail and pick up an ice-cream along the way. Or explore the River Taff, pretty parks and green spaces on a 16.5 mile (26.5km) section of the 55mile/93km Taff Trail.

Edinburgh

Join A Wee Pedal for a cycle through the Victorian-era Innocent Tunnel and onto Craigmillar Castle where you can explore where Mary Queen of Scots escaped Edinburgh Castle. Finish right outside the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace.

Destinations

An unmissable destination for travellers, London is a melting pot of history, culture and green spaces.

Picadilly Circus underground station

An industrial hub with a vibrant, creative heart and a whole host of quirky adventures.

Historical building, with a clock tower, beside a fountain

A quirky seaside city filled with diverse cuisine, vintage shopping and adrenaline fuelled adventure.

Female yoga class taking place on the viewing platform of British Airways i360 Viewing Tower, Brighton, East Sussex, England

Cool creative Bristol is a must-see for art, culture and action-packed adventure.

Firework in the evening, illuminated hot air balloons on the ground at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

World-class football and a music scene that brought Oasis to centre stage – there’s lots to love about Manchester.

Group of friends walking by the canal in Castlefield

From The Beatles to Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Liverpool is a UNESCO City of Music with seriously cool credentials.

Rooftop of Oh me oh my restaurant in Liverpool

Step into a land of castles, world-renowned rugby and a whole host of myths and legends.

A gay couple enjoying the shopping facilities at Castle Arcade in Cardiff.

From palaces to cobbled alleys, and a dormant volcano, this city is a real show-stopper.

A young couple taking a selfie of view over historic town

For extra peddle power, take an electric bike tour

For extra peddle power, take an electric bike tour

Cycle Britain has e-bike itineraries to suit all budgets and requirements and fitness levels. Go from Land’s End to John O’Groats across 23 days or explore the islands of the Outer Hebrides with a week-long tour.

Cycle Britain has e-bike itineraries to suit all budgets and requirements and fitness levels. Go from Land’s End to John O’Groats across 23 days or explore the islands of the Outer Hebrides with a week-long tour.