The UK’s 10 most Instagrammed cycling spots revealed

Get around the country on two wheels at these scenic spots.

As a nation, we’re rather fond of pedalling around on two wheels.

Not only is cycling great fun, but hopping on a bike can also take us to some breathtaking locations - and where better than to show off the picture-perfect scenery than on Instagram?

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That’s why Premier Inn, whose hotels are all bike-friendly, has analysed Instagram data to find the UK’s 10 most Instagrammed cycling spots.

See if your favourite place for a bike ride made the top 10.

1. Yorkshire Dales

 

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Host to Le Grand Depart of the Tour De France in 2014, the Yorkshire Dales takes the number one spot.

The Dales are home to some of the finest landscape in the country, with heather-clad moorlands, valleys full of meadows and many lovely villages and towns to explore along the way.

A cycling trip to the Yorkshire Dales wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the many waterfalls around the Dales. Check out  Aysgarth Falls for one of the most beautiful sights.

2. Richmond Park, London

 

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The main trail route of south west London’s Richmond Park takes you on a 12km journey around the circumference of the park and offers some challenging sharp climbs as well as long gradual inclines.

The park’s main appeal, though, is the roaming wild deer and wildlife.

Pay a visit and enjoy the relaxation of being at one with nature. Just try not to start a Fenton-style stampede!

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3. Cambridge

 

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It might not be rural but it’s still full of sights worth capturing on camera

Known as one of the best cities for road cycling due to its extensive cycle routes and flat land, Cambridge is filled with picturesque buildings and narrow streets that are just waiting to be photographed.  

One of the most popular rides follows the River Cam, where the Cambridge University rowing team is often found training.

4. Dartmoor, Devon

 

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Dartmoor National Park comes in as the fourth most Instagrammed cycling spot in the UK and it’s easy to see why.

Its vast moorland is home to forests, rivers, wetlands and even wild Dartmoor ponies; it’s one of the last great wildernesses in the UK.

There are some great cycling routes to explore both on- and off-road with stunning views to snap along the way.

The Princetown Railway route takes you across 30km of disused railway tracks, passing granite quarries and finishing at the beautiful Burrator Reservoir, a hot spot for scenery lovers.

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5. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

The trail at this national park centres around Loch Lomond, a stunning freshwater loch which boasts the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain.

With beautiful waterside scenery and towering snowy mountains, it’s no surprise that the cycling spot has been shared on Instagram more than 887 times by cyclists in the last 12 months.

6. Peak District

 

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The Peak District is perfect for the more advanced cyclist who doesn’t mind a gradient or two.

It’s particularly popular with mountain bikers and if you can make it up the steep hills you’ll reap the rewards in scenery at the top.

Try out the Carsington Loop, an eight-mile off-road route around the beautiful Carsington Water.

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7. Fort William

 

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Fort William is the gateway to Ben Nevis and home to one of the best mountain biking locations in the UK.

From cross-country to downhill and road cycling, Fort William has something for every kind of cyclist.

8. Box Hill, Surrey

 

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Perhaps now the most famous of UK cycling spots, Box Hill in Surrey was thrown into the spotlight by the London 2012 Olympics, which used the hill as part of the course for the cycling road race. The male professionals made light work of the two-mile climb as they crested it nine times before heading back to the Mall, but the winding hill still draws thousands of cyclists each weekend.

The picturesque route takes you throughout the Surrey Hills and offers great views from the summit of Box Hill, and the infamous Zig-Zag road is not the easiest of climbs.

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9. South Downs, Sussex

 

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Sandwiched between London and the South Coast, the rolling hills of the South Downs were awarded National Park status in 2009.

The beautiful views from Devil’s Dyke to Ditchling Beacon entice cyclists of all abilities.

For a gentle, short ride, the Meon Valley trail offers 10 miles of level riding following an old rail way line, with stunning countryside scenery to take pictures of. Or, for those who are looking for a longer, more challenging ride, the South Downs Way spans 99 miles from Eastbourne to Winchester, but it is rather hilly.

10. Brecon Beacons

 

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The Mid-Wales national park is home to towering green mountains and breathtaking views that make it impossible not to reach for your phone and capture the moment.

Perhaps more popular with mountain bikers than road cyclists, the area is best explored on two wheels than any other mode of transport, with towpaths, lanes and hillside tracks all waiting to be discovered.

Where are your favourite places to cycle? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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