Thursday, September 7, 2017
To celebrate Bike & Go’s fourth birthday we asked you to send us your favourite ‘off the beaten track’ cycle routes, which you may not necessarily find on cycle maps.
After many entries we have created a guide of some of the most fun and quirkiest routes around the country, so why not hire a bike today and try one!
The Wirral Way is a stunning coastal path that was once a railway line. The 12 mile stretch of mostly flat surface will take you along the Wirral Peninsular and will provide you with beautiful views. Hire a Bike & Go from Hooton station and cycle through the likes of Parkgate, Neston and Thurstaston before arriving at West Kirby.
Hire a bike from Linlithgow station and enjoy a cycle along the Union Canal. The canal towpath is open to cyclists and runs from Edinburgh to Falkirk. Originally built as a direct route to transport coal from the West, Union Canal now provides a traffic free cycle route with picturesque views. You can even visit the magnificent Linlithgow Palace, which is located in its own park and beside Linlithgow Loch.
Liverpool Leeds Canal
The Liverpool Leeds canal stretches 127 miles long and is the longest canal in Northern England. You can hire a Bike & Go from Maghull station today and ride along some of this iconic canal. This peaceful route not only provides stunning views but the flat surface allows a comfortable cycle for all abilities.
You can also hire a bike from Leeds station and experience the canal from a different perspective. Here you can take in the breath-taking views of the Pennines and see the many beautiful barges that sail along the canal.
Southport is a beautiful town to visit and it is even better to explore on two wheels. Hire a bike today from Southport station, on Chapel Street, and cycle to the famous Pier. Stretching 3600 feet long, Southport Pier offers breath-taking views over North Wales and the Sefton coastline. You can even enjoy a cycle along the promenade and Marine Lake, before stopping off for refreshments at the Marine Lake Café.
Bursting with fun and entertainment Great Yarmouth is a great place to visit on a Bike & Go. You can cycle along the Golden Mile which stretches along the waterfront, providing panoramic stunning views and a promenade full of entertainment. Don’t forget to take a break to enjoy some freshly-baked doughnuts and fish and chips!
Liverpool city centre to Crosby Beach
Few people know about this peaceful green route which leads from Liverpool city centre to Crosby beach, taking in some of the city’s most historic sites along the way and revealing nature at the heart of the city. The route follows the Leeds & Liverpool canal away from the city, passing many old warehouses and factories. This special route allows cyclists to enjoy nature including coots, herons, and if you’re lucky, the illusive water voles. The final destination is the beautiful Crosby beach and of course the famous Iron Men Another Place statues created by Antony Gormley. This quiet cycle will leave you amazed by the abundance of nature on this green route.
Hire a Bike & Go from New Brighton station and cycle along the famous promenade. You'll find an amazing viewpoint to see the iconic Liverpool skyline and the cycle lane makes the ride traffic free and relaxing. You will also pass Remember When Tearoom, where you can enjoy a free tea or coffee if you show your Bike & Go key.