Top Ten Places to Go Cycling This Summer

1.Swinley Forest.

Variable distances

Situated to the South-West of Windsor Great Park, Swinley forest comprises over 2600 acres of woodland. There are numerous trails to choose from so you can find one appropriate to your ability. Recently there has been a lot of investment into new facilities so it’s well worth a visit.

2. TETBURY TO SHERSTON, COTSWOLDS

Approx. 13 miles

This route takes you through quite country lanes and plenty of beautiful scenic pubs to stop at on the way. With few hills and little traffic this is a good ride for most of the family.

3. Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath to Reading

85 miles

Britain’s most popular long distance waterside cycle route passes through areas of outstanding natural beauty and features aqueducts, tunnels and historic buildings. Riders can do this in a day but less experienced cyclists can split this into 3 sections.

4. Mawddach Trail Cycleway, Wales (Dolgellau to Barmouth)

10 miles

A disused railway line, stunning ride running below the foothills of Cadair Iris and tucked away in the south of the Snowdonia national park this is an idyllic ride suitable for all the family.

5. Tarka Trail

31 miles

This route is renowned for its wildlife along the way there are “discovery posts” with information on the wildlife around that area. You could be lucky enough to spot an otter on the river bank! This is a great way to explore rural Devon.

6. Grizedale Forest

Variable distances

With 8 routes to choose from Grizedale is perfect for the family with lots of facilities including a bike hire shop where you can hire normal bikes as well as adult tag along bikes and trailers for young children.  Once you’ve finished cycling there is a café, playground and shops.

7. Causeway Coast Cycle Route (Giants Causeway to Benone)

23 miles

The route has fine sea views over as well as a railway path to the Giant Causeway Visitor centre which is a World Heritage site created by a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available at towns throughout the route.

8. Tweed Valley

Variable

One of the most visited tourist attractions in Scotland. The trails are graded so it’s good for beginners as well as more experienced riders. Bikes are available for hire as well as tuition at the ‘Dirt School’ where groups are split into different abilities.

9. Purbeck Ride, Dorset

47 miles

Rural scenery and costal views with a few historic landmarks along the way; this route is mainly on roads with a few steep hills and is ideal for confident riders.

10.The Camel Trail, Cornwall

18 miles

Based on an historic railway track passes through beautiful Cornish countryside. It goes along the coast as well as through areas of forest and is relatively flat so perfect for families.

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It’s not always easy when you’re away from home to keep your bike secure. So take a look at one of Asgard’s bike storage units so you know your bike is safe from theft!

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British Bike Theft Gangs

We’ve seen the reports, statistics and figures, so we know the problem of bike theft is on the rise in the UK and if you’ve been unlucky enough to be a victim of theft yourself, you’ll know all the hassle that it can cause.  The increase in bike thefts is thought to have emerged from peoples increasing interest in cycling.

Another case of large bike thefts in one particular area has emerged. Police have reported that in Beverley, £43,000 worth of bikes have been stolen in the last 2 months alone. These thieves have been targeting outbuildings and garden sheds in search of bikes.

Bike thefts reported in Beverly

Bike thefts reported in Beverly

One victim of this crime, James Harper spoke out about his experience, in which £10,000 worth of bikes were stolen from his shed.

The criminals seemed to have good knowledge that I had the bikes, where the bikes were and then they made every effort to leave the crime scene as if it was untouched……..Those first moments when you see the space where your bikes should be and the realisation someone has been on your property and taken what is yours is just sickening”.

Crimes like these, highlight that you can never be too careful when it comes to keeping your bikes secure and an ordinary garden shed isn’t going to stop any thief.

How do you keep a bike safe from theft?

When you are cycling home, or driving with your bike attached to your car, it is a good idea to check that you aren’t being followed home. Bike thieves are becoming smarter and are now following bikes so that they can steal them at a later date. Once they know where your bikes are, you’ll have to rely on the security of your bike storage to stop them.

High Security Bike Shed

High Security Bike Shed

If you are looking for something more secure to store your bikes in, the Asgard High Security Bike Shed offers fantastic bike security. This all metal bike storage unit is made from strong weatherproof steel and is fitted with high security features. A pick resistant locking mechanism and 5 point locking system, help to keep your bike secure and are aided by reinforced doors hinges and panels. This is the toughest bike shed around and has been insurance approved by the Loss Prevention Certification Board to level 1. Find out more about this high security bike shed on the Asgard website.

Information provided by the Hull Daily