Time to hop on your bike! It’s #bikeweek2016, which means we want to get ViewRanger users out on two wheels and discovering fantastic new biking routes.
What’s more, we’ve also launched our #bike2016 challenge to coincide! Pledge to ride 6,000, 3,000, 1,500 or 750 miles before the end of the year and challenge yourself to achieve something great. Any biking miles you’ve completed using ViewRanger already this year will be counted – and if you complete one or more challenges and you’ll get profile badges (plus bragging rights!) and the chance to win exciting goodies. Sign up here.
Need a route to get you started? We've chosen our favourite routes from across the UK to get you feeling inspired.
1. Ambleside, Lake District (FREE)
Length: 14.98 Miles
By Mountain Biking UK
A keen mountain biker can't go wrong with a visit to the Lake District. Created by Mountain Biking UK, this route is challenging but not too steep and is ideal for bad or uncertain weather conditions, although be prepared for whatever the weather and note that there are tough surfaces along the way. Your reward? Stunning scenery and a great experience.
Best for: Adventure mountain bikers
2. Bure Valley, Norfolk (FREE)
Length: 13.36 miles
By BBC Country File Magazine
Take a historic train journey along the scenic Bure Valley Railway to begin your day, then disembark to cycle alongside the railway track, and enjoy the views of the flood meadows and the beautiful river. Why not stop off at Wroxham Barns during the journey?
3. Frampton on Severn (£)
Difficulty: 6.25 Miles
Length: Very Easy
By Nick Cotton Rides
Perfect for users starting #bikeweek2016 from scratch! Beginning in the quiet village of Frampton on Severn, this route then passes the river and offers the choice of extending the ride along the water’s edge if desired.
Best for: New cyclists
4. City and Borough of Leeds (FREE)
Difficulty: Very Easy
Length: 5.65 Miles
By Temple to Thwaite
For the city cycler, this leisurely route is guided with cycle lanes the whole way, ending with pretty, historic buildings and great views plus the chance to grab some lunch or a drink in the tea room.
Best for: City residents with a love of afternoon tea.
Difficulty: Very hard
Length: 35.1 miles
By Craig Marshall
This loop of The Black Mountains is not for the faint-hearted biker, but it’s wholly rewarding thanks to its incredible views of the sandstone hills. Why not take a break at the campsite en route or stop at the local pub for a cold drink.
6. Watership Down, Hampshire (FREE)
Length: 13.19 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine
Immerse yourself in the lands that inspired Watership Down; explore the literature’s famous landscape and face the challenge of the famous down. Keep an eye out for wildlife(especially the rabbits!)
Best for: Bookworms
7. Pentlands – Castlelaw (FREE)
Length: 9.76 miles
By John Gordon
This route begins with a workout: with a challenging road climb for the first half of the route, it leads you to a satisfying downhill descent, offering the chance to practise your speed control skills. With a mixture of surfaces this is a great route to test your adaptability!
Best for: The technical cyclist
8. Innverness, Scottish Highlands (FREE)
Length: 20.94 miles
By Mountain Biking UK
Enjoy a natural biking experience in the countryside outside Inverness. This route includes excellent views of Lock Ness and offers the chance to explore further into the highlands if you’re feeling adventurous.
Best for: The view lover