Brecon Beacons, Wales
In an important spot overlooking the Cefn Coed viaduct, midway level on the 90km traffic-free Taff Path, The Grange is a well-appointed guesthouse run by biking fanatics Gethin and Nikki Pearson. The selection of native rides is immense: lonely mountain roads and bridleways crisscross the Brecon Beacons nationwide park and embrace big-name highway climbs, such because the Rhigos and the Tumble, in addition to the Hole off-road route. The mountain bike trails of Bike Park Wales are a couple of minutes away, and a community of gravel tracks alongside the ridges above the valleys of the south Wales coalfield is ripe for exploration. The set-up is geared to taking care of cyclists: Gethin and Nikki keep a Strava library of really useful routes, there’s a safe lock-up, bike workshop and strain washer, they serve hearty home-cooked dinners and might prepare transfers and emergency pick-ups.• Doubles from £85 B&B, thegrangecefncoed.wales
Nevis vary, Scotland

For Londoners, there’s no higher begin to a Scottish biking vacation than an evening on the Caledonian sleeper, being rocked to sleep because the practice trundles north, bike stowed within the guard’s van. It arrives subsequent morning in Fort William, on the finish of the West Highland Manner and the Nice Glen biking routes. The mountain biking potentialities are limitless, from mild family-friendly trails to cross-country marathons and the intense downhill trails that featured within the UCI World Cup (1-2 June 2019). On the meadows and woodland of an natural farm on the foot of the Nevis vary, however solely 4 miles from the station, Nice Glen Yurts is an outdoorsy different to a lodge or B&B. The yurts, shepherd’s huts and cabins are all cosy and have their very own wood-burners, plus there’s a country shared kitchen. Bike rent and route recommendation can be found from Nevis Cycles.• Yurt for 4 from £70 an evening, shepherd’s hut for 2 from £60, greatglenyurts.com
Snowdonia, Wales

The 19th-century Romantics who flocked to Wales fell in love with the Mawddach estuary and its broad tidal attain ringed by craggy hills. The outdated railway line is now a traffic-free biking and strolling path, and just the start of the nice biking on this nook of southern Snowdonia. A brief experience from Morfa Mawddach station, Graig Wen has rooms and self-catering cottages in a stylishly renovated former slate-cutting shed, plus yurts and a small campsite on a large expanse of salt marsh, meadow, pasture and oak woodland. There’s good mountain biking on the paths at close by Coed y Brenin and loads of quiet nation lanes and gravel tracks on the flanks of Cadair Idris, within the Dovey valley and the hills round Bala. For dinner, the George III at Penmaenpool is a straightforward experience alongside the estuary, and additional upstream is the good-looking, granite city of Dolgellau.• Doubles from £83 B&B, Tenting pitches from £15, graigwen.co.uk
Brittany, France
The mountain passes of the Alps and Pyrenees get the limelight, however the true heartland of French biking is Brittany, with its rolling hills and rugged coast. La Chaumine is an enthralling 18th-century farmhouse B&B a number of miles from the coast within the south of the area. It’s a two-hour drive from St-Malo ferry port (a two- to three-day experience alongside waymarked cycle route 3) or an hour’s drive from Nantes. The climate is usually higher on this southern facet of Brittany, and there’s loads of house to stretch out in gardens that present the home with flowers, fruit and greens. Rent bikes can be found, and there’s a pool to chill off in on the finish of the day. Steve, the British host, is an skilled bike owner who may give recommendation on roads to experience and the most effective seashores, cities and villages to go to.• Doubles from £63 B&B, lachaumine-marzan.com
French Pyrenees

Inexperienced Bike Pyrenees
Nick and Mireille, the Anglo-French couple who run B&B Inexperienced Bike Pyrenees, are each achieved cyclists with an encyclopaedic information of routes and biking occasions. They’re inside placing distance of celebrated mountain cols such because the Marie-Blanque, Aubisque and Soulor, in addition to lesser-known gems that function within the couple’s personal route guides. Solely 15 miles from the TGV station at Pau, they provide transfers for friends with bikes and might present good high quality highway and mountain bikes to lease from €20 a day. It’s a standard base for watching the Tour de France, which this 12 months options a person time trial stage beginning and ending in Pau. Friends have use of a motorcycle workshop and the hosts supply emergency pick-ups within the occasion of a mechanical mishap.• Doubles from €62 B&B, or €390 for a three-night half-board biking package deal, greenbikepyrenees.com
French Pyrenees

Bagnères-de-Luchon is a Pyrenean spa resort that grew round thermal springs on the French-Spanish border. Its vast, tree-lined boulevards and stylish structure give a way of grandeur. Near the centre, Free Vary Chalet is a imposing 19th-century villa providing great-value half-board lodging particularly tailor-made for cyclists. The city is an everyday staging publish within the Tour de France, and there’s stellar using in all instructions, together with the famed highway climbs of Portillon, Peyresourde, Port de Balès and Superbagnères, loads of off-road tracks in addition to gentler former railway line trails. The historic thermal springs, which embrace Europe’s solely pure steam room inside a collection of caverns, are good for post-ride rest. The closest rail stations are Tarbes and Toulouse, and it’s additionally doable to get there on the Eurostar and sleeper practice from Paris.• Doubles from €650 per week half-board, thefreerangechalet.com
French Alps

A completely catered ski chalet in winter, Chalet Morville in Les Deux Alpes turns right into a highway cycling-oriented B&B in summer season. It overlooks the spectacular steep-sided valley of the Vénéon, and the climb to the chalet has its personal Strava section. Chalet employees keep a number of really useful routes, together with well-known Tour de France climbs corresponding to Alpe d’Huez and the Galibier, in addition to lesser-known however usually extra rewarding distant roads deep into the Écrins nationwide park. There are 5 double rooms, and the widespread areas embrace spacious residing and eating rooms, a solar terrace, a sauna and a scorching tub. The storage is well-equipped with bike instruments, and top-quality highway bikes, ebikes and mountain bikes might be employed in close by Bourg-d’Oisans for about €40 a day.• Doubles from €100 B&B, chaletmorville.com
Girona, Catalonia, Spain

This metropolis has been a preferred base for English-speaking skilled cyclists for the reason that 1990s, when Lance Armstrong made his dwelling right here. It has since grown right into a mecca for leisure riders, too. Good climate, nice Catalan meals and a wealth of quiet nation roads are a draw, however it’s the sense of group and the laid-back lifestyle that hold individuals coming again. Can Portell is a farmhouse courting from 1690 and has been lovingly embellished in a riot of color (the proprietor is a large Frida Kahlo fan). There are rooms in the home, in addition to two hand-painted gypsy caravans and a transformed stables for small teams. Friends desirous to loosen up after a number of massive days on the bike – taking in well-known climbs, such because the Rocacorba – might be on the seashores of the Costa Brava in half an hour.• Doubles from €77 B&B, 123ole.nl
Spanish Pyrenees

Heather and Chris Regan run Pink Rock Trails, providing all-inclusive biking and outside journey holidays from their restored stone farmhouse in a village two hours north-west of Barcelona. There are two household rooms and two doubles, an enormous open-plan residing space, a cellar video games room and a backyard. House-cooked meals give delight of place to Catalan and Mediterranean dishes corresponding to salt cod bunyol and black rice, sluggish roast shoulder of lamb, or spinach and goat’s cheese coca, a neighborhood tackle pizza, baked in a wood-fired oven. That is deepest rural Spain and virtually undiscovered by vacationers. In addition to nice biking on quiet nation roads and off-road trails, there are lake swims and gorge walks the place youngsters can hunt for dinosaur footprints. The hosts will decide up friends from the stations at Barcelona, Reus or Girona.• One week full-board together with bike rent from £560pp grownup, £100 youngster, redrocktrails.co.uk
Mallorca

Good using on even and hilly terrain, a dramatic limestone panorama and loads of sunshine have made Mallorca the preferred low season biking vacation spot in Europe. A far cry from the soulless mega-hotels of Pollença is the family-run C’an Beia lodge within the inland village of Alaró. Simply off the principle sq., the adults-only lodge has brilliant, ethereal rooms with uncovered stonework and picket beams, a pool and a sauna. Biking Planet, the island’s coolest bike cafe, is simply across the nook. Roads north head to the Tramuntana mountains, and to the south are flatter farm roads by way of citrus and olive groves. Bookings might be made by way of Cycle Mallorca, which is able to prepare airport transfers (19 miles) and supply recommendation on routes, workshop assist, bike rent and a rescue service.• Doubles from £81 B&B canbeiamallorca.com Jack Thurston presents the Bike Present podcast and is the creator of the Misplaced Lanes collection of UK biking guides
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