It seems that Great Britain is on a roll when it comes to cycling this summer and we’re hoping it is going to inspire more and more people to get involved in our favourite sport!

Following our recent Top Family Bike Rides post, we’ve chosen some of the best UK rides and trails that we believe are more suitable for adults seeking longer and more challenging routes.

The Ridgeway National Trail

The 87 mile long Ridgeway is Britain’s oldest road and cyclists can enjoy a continuous 43 mile stretch of it on the western side of the trail. From Overton Hill to the River Thames at Streatley, the route also includes some expanses of The Chilterns. Taking in rolling downland, beech woodlands and quiet valleys, this ancient route passes through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty so you’re bound to enjoy some superb views.

Megget & Talla Ride

This 53 mile circuit was recently voted the ‘best in the Borders’ by the Scottish Borders Recreational Cycling Group. Starting and ending in the central Borders town of Innerleithen, this challenging route passes through the countryside travelling by the historic Traquair House, involves a steep climb up to Megget Reservoir taking in views of the highest hill in the Borders, before descending to Talla Reservoir and following the Tweed Valley back.

The Coast to Coast Ride

The UK’s ever popular long distance cycle route, the Coast to Coast, covers 140 miles in length and starts on the west coast of Cumbria at Whitehaven or Workington on the Irish Sea, and finishes in Sunderland or Tynemouth on the North Sea. Passing through the lovely Lake District andpicturesque Pennines, the challenge usually takes around 3-5 days depending on your level of ability and whether you want to spend more time enjoying the surroundings.

The West Country Way

This long 240 mile route is the best way to see the scenery on offer in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, with 70 miles being free of traffic. Starting with Padstow and the famous Camel Trail, the route takes you onto Bodmin Moor and then into Devon’s countryside and into Exmoor. From here you’ll pass through Taunton, the Somerset Levels and Glastonbury before a final climb onto the Mendip Hills and finishing in Bristol or Bath.

For some of these routes you may be out all day so try and remember to take your bike lights with you.