It was Ernest Hemingway that once said ‘it is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best’, a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with. For those that follow our family adventures you will know that a key component of them is my passion for exploring the areas we visit on two wheels, even if some of the contours Hemingway references are considerably more challenging than others.
Cycling allows us to go faster and see more of our beautiful world than walking, but not so fast that we fail to submerge ourselves in the landscapes we find ourselves in. It’s not just the sights we see, but the smells and sounds that arouse our senses and add texture to experiences that become etched into our minds in ways simply not possible when passing through in a vehicle. We see colours more vividly and we feel the beat and rhythm of life around us more intensely when on two wheels.
Whilst the UK might not have mountains on the same scale as the Alps, Pyrenees or Dolomites, we are blessed with a wide variety of landscapes that showcase ‘our green and pleasant lands’. And what’s more, you don’t have to be super fit, or ride long distances, to enjoy all that the UK has to offer on two wheels. As with most other areas of life, having children has slowly changed my perspective on cycling.
Whilst I still love heading off for long jaunts on my own, there is no greater joy than heading out riding as a family, even if that does mean a little extra weight pulling Dorothy in a trailer behind me, and there’s no better combination than a motorhome and bikes….well apparently there is according to Harrison; apple pie with custard and ice cream, but only after a good ride to work up an appetite.
Here’s some of our favourite cycling locations in the UK.