Cycling: The Great British Hobby

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage as a child, but it’s surprising how many people never ride in adulthood. 

There are plenty of reasons to ride, from fitness to convenience and the fact that it’s a clean way to get from A to B. It’s also a fantastic way to explore the British countryside, so it’s the ideal activity for all of your staycations.

Read more about why cycling is the ultimate great British hobby. Perhaps it will inspire you to get on your bike!

Enjoy some of the UK’s best cycle routes
In Britain, we’re fortunate to benefit from all sorts of different landscapes. We have some incredible areas to explore, from sprawling countryside to mountains and coastlines - many of which make excellent cycling routes. Some of Britain’s most beautiful cycling routes include the Lakeland Drop in the Lake District, while the Box Hill Olympic Circuit is the ideal route to get you out of the city.

More than just a way to get fit
Cycling is a great form of exercise. It will improve your cardiovascular fitness while also boosting your strength. Many people cycle as a way to get fit, and you’ll notice that there are more and more cycling clubs popping up all over the UK, making it a social activity too. Interested in giving cycling a go? Why not start a club and design your own cycling kit? You can also check out what’s going on in your local area, the cycling scene could be more thriving than you realise!

A simple, active commute
Looking to do your part to help the environment? Give cycling a try. As a form of active travel, cycling will help your fitness. Many workplaces offer Cycle To Work schemes as a way for you to own a bike more affordably, helping you to get out on the road in no time. 

Cycling to work is a fantastic way to do your part for the environment. It can be daunting at first, but Sustrans have a lot of resources to help you out. Within a matter of days, you could become a more confident commuter cyclist and start enjoying a greener form of travel.

It’s ideal for families
If you’re trying to find activities to enjoy as a family, cycling could certainly be one of them. People of all ages can cycle, so it’s a great way for you to all head outdoors and explore together. Make sure everyone is kitted out with the right safety equipment and you’ll be able to create some wonderful memories cycling together. 

Cycling really is a great hobby, and there are constant improvements that are making Britain more accessible than ever to cyclists. There are so many places you can go to enjoy an invigorating ride, so why not start with a Somerset staycation and take the bike along with you? Say hello to your new hobby and enjoy cycling in the UK.