They say there's no place like home and our self-guided UK cycling tours are the perfect way to discover the allure of the beautiful landscapes, hidden villages, and wild corners of the British Isles.
Take on a wonderfully relaxed trip around the picture-perfect scenery of the Cotswolds, discover the delights of Norfolk or seek an archetypal Highland adventure around Loch Ness. Whichever trip you choose, all our trips follow a series of hand-picked routes that will guarantee that you see the best of what cycling trips in the UK have to offer.
All our UK cycling trips are made possible thanks to the best possible manual bikes and e-bikes which are thoroughly serviced prior to every trip. And while it's unlikely that you will, our team are always close by if you have any problems.
Look through our collection of leisure cycling holidays to discover the best-hidden gems and wild corners of the UK on two wheels from the mysterious, heather-clad moors in Scotland to the Cotswolds gentle rolling hills, or visit our blog for more inspiration.
Whichever way you'd like to cycle and explore the UK, we have options and itineraries to suit.
A self-guided cycling holiday lets you explore cycling routes without direction or guidance. That means that you can enjoy your UK cycling adventure at your own pace. Make as many stops as you like, for however long you like, and cycling at the speed you find most enjoyable, all without having to worry about catching up with the rest of the pack - or leaving them behind!
Our experts will provide you with a properly sized bike, puncture repair kit and full cycling briefing before you depart. From there, we provide full directions via our GPS navigation app, and transfers for yourself and your luggage if you choose a tour with multiple hotels.
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Our guided cycling holidays in the UK, managed by our sister company, Exodus Travels, let you explore by bike alongside likeminded travellers. You'll be led by one of our experienced local guides who will not only take care of the all-important directions but provide plenty of insights and knowledge about the locales through which you pass.
Typically, a day on a guided cycling holiday will involve setting off from your hotel, travelling through beautiful countryside, stopping in villages for a dose of culture and spot of cuisine, then heading off again to your next hotel, where your luggage will be waiting for you. If that sounds like your sort of cycling tour, learn more below.
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Our cycling breaks in the UK are built with your comfort and convenience in mind. As well as providing a selection of your chosen tour area's most charming and desirable stayover spots, we'll also provide you with a high-quality bike for your tour, with upgrade options on rooms, extra nights and electric bikes all available to you.
Discover some of the highlights of North Norfolk. Cycle on quiet country lanes from village to village with many places of interest along the way - visit Sandringham and Houghton Hall. Go bird spotting at RSPB Snettisham and seal spotting at Blakeney.
A 6-night self-guided cycling tour on some of the best off the beaten track routes in the Cotswolds, staying in the beautiful and historic villages of Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water.
Discover the culture and history of the Scottish Highlands on two wheels, with some of the most evocative, dramatic scenery in the world. This sparsely populated, mountainous region has a history, culture and climate all of its own.
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Rich history, hearty food and outstanding scenery - just three reasons why the UK is one of the most interesting and engaging places to cycle in the world. With so much green open space on offer, the British landscape naturally lends itself to discovery on two wheels.
Take your pick from contrasting yet equally unique UK cycling tours, located across this historic country.
The Cotswolds, one of Britain's most popular cycling holiday locations and the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK, offers a variety of trip options including circular trips through some of the best-loved villages, a linear trip from Oxford to Bath and a multi-activity trip with both cycling and walking.
This area is renowned for both its natural and architectural allure - so much so that the Cotswolds' rolling countryside and picturesque villages are equally revered as some of the best that Britain has to offer.
Norfolk, over in the East of England, provides laid-back cycling through beautiful coastal and countryside scenery. You get to cycle along tree-lined avenues in the royal-owned Sandringham Estate, visit the colony of seals in Blakeney, and go bird-spotting at RSPB Titchwell. The Norfolk coast has fabulously wide beaches and, with options like taking a steam train to the Norfolk Broads, this region just keeps on giving. Both five- and seven-night trips are available.
For those looking to add a sense of myth-laden adventure to their cycling break, head north of the English border to Loch Ness and the Highlands. Beyond the rumours of a famous pre-historic lake beast lies an area of rugged yet stunning natural beauty. Boasting ancient castles, misty lochs, and tranquil hideaways, breathe it all in as you cycle the winding trails.
To make sure that you're properly prepared, it's important to bring along the essentials:
Thankfully, planning a cycling holiday in the UK with Headwater is simple. Just browse the range of tours on this page, checking out the itineraries and destinations and finding the right adventure for you.
Once you've found one that you like, head to the Dates & Prices tab at the top of the page and check the availability for your chosen dates, inputting your contact details and travel requirements on the next screen. Our experts will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your trip, answer any questions you might have, and arrange your travel.
From there, all you need to do is head on holiday. Whether you're on a guided cycling holiday in Britain or a self-guided trip, we provide all the plans for you. The difference is, with an unguided trip, you'll be following a GPS map, not a Headwater expert.
We are fully aware of and completely understand the concerns that our customers have around COVID-19 and their safety when booking. Your comfort and safety are paramount to us, which is why you can book one of our cycling trips in the UK with absolute confidence.
Luckily, our UK cycling tours come with a pre-packaged sense of social distancing. With the focus of our trips being outdoors, as well as self-guided journeys being available, you can move safely at your own pace.
We guarantee a full refund of your trip if it needs to be cancelled on either end due to changes in COVID-19 restrictions, via our industry-leading booking protection scheme. If you need to make changes to the dates of the trip, we'll offer you that flexibility free of charge anywhere up to 31 days before your proposed start date.
COVID-related cover is now included as standard as part our Headwater travel insurance policies, and we've committed to a travel safety promise which means that we will only travel to destinations that we know are safe. When you book with us, you can rest assured that all our partners adhere to the latest safety protocols and guidelines, as well as practicing thorough cleaning and social distancing measures.
For more information on COVID-19 in relation to our cycling holidays in the UK, see here.