Scenic routes to take with a partner
The only thing better than seeing a stunning sunset or a breath-taking hilltop view is having someone special by your side to share it with.
Whether that’s your best buddy, your kids or your partner, here’s our pick of the best scenic biking routes. Selfie sticks at the ready!
Horseshoe Pass, North Wales
Horseshoe Pass in North Wales is a popular biking route that sits between Llantysilio Mountain and Marilyn Cyrn-y-Brain and reaches a maximum height of 417 metres.
It’s a challenging 4-mile uphill climb featuring a curved horseshoe route and the welcome addition of the bustling Ponderosa Café at its highest point.
Just watch out for the sheep as you take in the breathtaking views.
Route 15, Gretna Green
This route can take up to six hours to complete, and that’s without factoring in all the amazing landmarks you can visit along the way.
Stop off at the picturesque village of Moffat and taste some of their renowned toffee, or visit The Old Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna and learn all about the history of forbidden love.
Route 15 has a little bit of everything, from barren grasslands and hilltops to farms and forests.
If you make it all the way up to Hartside Café you can even sit among the clouds whilst you enjoy your well-deserved cuppa.
Glasgow to Fort William
Voted ‘Best road’ by motorists, this route runs along the western shore of Loch Lomond, through Crianlarich and Tyndrum, then onto the western fringes of Rannoch Moor, through Glen Coe and Loch Linnhe, then on to Fort William.
It passes the famous Loch Ness as well as the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis.
The scenery is constantly changing as you shift through Glasgow to Inverness – just make sure to watch out for the hairpin bends at Loch Lomond.
Cheltenham to Stratford, Cotswolds
Why not take in the home of Shakespeare by riding the B4632 from Cheltenham to Stratford Cotswolds?
The B4362 takes you through Chipping Campden; a small market town with some beautiful spots in which to enjoy a romantic lunch.
The Cotswolds is also home to Bibury, ‘the most beautiful village in England’, and is well worth visiting to see its famous honey-coloured seventeenth century stone cottages and steeped roofs.
The Northumberland Heritage Coast
A tranquil, coastal route starting at Alnmouth and ending at Druridge Bay.
This one is a fairly easy 9-mile journey passing through quaint fishing villages and nature reserves along the way.
Visit the impressive Warkworth Castle for a bit of sightseeing before stopping for a picnic at the beautiful Druridge Bay Country Park.
The park is centred on a lake surrounded by woodland and open meadows; see if you can spot the rare Golden Eye Snipe as you sit enjoying your butties.