Most picturesque and breathtaking cycle rides in Britain

  • Cruising around any of these rides would certainly make you appreciate the wonderful backdrops on offer
  • Among them is the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia, which returns to the Scottish Highlands next month
  • In Wales, competitors in the Snowdonia Mountain Bike Challenge start and finish in the village of Llanberis

From the panoramic views of rolling hills and snow-covered mountains in the Scottish Highlands to the stunning scenery near Mount Snowdon, these photographs show some of the most incredible cycle rides around Britain.

There’s no doubting the gruelling nature of these rides, but when you are treated to beautiful natural scenery it’s easy to see why cyclists are willing to push their bodies to the limits. 

Among them is the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia — which returns to the Scottish Highlands next month, bigger and better than ever before for its 11th year.

The beautiful Scottish town of Pitlochry will welcome over 5,000 cyclists for the weekend of celebration and cycling, which is set in the heart of the stunning Highland Perthshire.

In Wales, competitors in the Snowdonia Mountain Bike Challenge start and finish in the picturesque village of Llanberis, at the foot of Mount Snowdon.

Scroll down to view a round-up of the stunning British scenery, which offers a gentle reminder of the spectacular landscapes that this land boasts…

Stunning scenery: A cyclist poses during the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia — which returns to the Scottish Highlands next month, bigger and better than ever before for its 11th year

Stunning scenery: A cyclist poses during the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia — which returns to the Scottish Highlands next month, bigger and better than ever before for its 11th year

Snow-covered mountains: The views in the Scottish Highlands

The A835 road towards Ullapool and Loch Broom boasts more breathtaking backdrops

Snow-covered mountains: The views in the Scottish Highlands (left) while the A835 road towards Ullapool and Loch Broom (right) boasts more breathtaking backdrops 

Camaraderie: Cyclists take part in the 'Snowdonia Mountain Bike Challenge' near Llanberis, north Wales, where they start and finish at the foot of Mount Snowdon

Camaraderie: Cyclists take part in the ‘Snowdonia Mountain Bike Challenge’ near Llanberis, north Wales, where they start and finish at the foot of Mount Snowdon

Riding solo: The view at Braes of Foss - looking towards Schiehallion during the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia cycle ride in Scotland

Riding solo: The view at Braes of Foss – looking towards Schiehallion during the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia cycle ride in Scotland

A long road ahead: Cyclists prepare to ascend Honister Pass at Lake District National Park in Cumbria with the breathtaking view of the ride in front of them

A long road ahead: Cyclists prepare to ascend Honister Pass at Lake District National Park in Cumbria with the breathtaking view of the ride in front of them

Natural wonder: A cyclist on the road at The Storr in Scotland's Isle of Skye  with the The Old Man of Storr pinnacle and Trotternish peninsula behind him

Natural wonder: A cyclist on the road at The Storr in Scotland’s Isle of Skye with the The Old Man of Storr pinnacle and Trotternish peninsula behind him

Sunrise in London: A plucky cyclist makes his way through frozen landscape at sunrise in Richmond Park, west London

Sunrise in London: A plucky cyclist makes his way through frozen landscape at sunrise in Richmond Park, west London

Muddy ride: Two enthusiastic cyclists brave the dangerous surface to ride along a bridleway in  Epping Forest, Essex

Muddy ride: Two enthusiastic cyclists brave the dangerous surface to ride along a bridleway in Epping Forest, Essex

Picture perfect: A cyclist, prepared with camping gear, rides in the Grampian Mountains in Scotland with clouds above

Picture perfect: A cyclist, prepared with camping gear, rides in the Grampian Mountains in Scotland with clouds above

Local residents: A cyclist passes  Herdwick sheep by the road at Wast Water lake in Cumbria's Lake District National Park

Local residents: A cyclist passes Herdwick sheep by the road at Wast Water lake in Cumbria’s Lake District National Park

Cloud-covered mountains: Cyclists riding towards Stac Pollaidh in the glacier mountain range in the North West Highlands Geopark in the Coigach region of the Scottish Highlands

Cloud-covered mountains: Cyclists riding towards Stac Pollaidh in the glacier mountain range in the North West Highlands Geopark in the Coigach region of the Scottish Highlands

Uphill trek: Cyclists on a roadway through Wrynose Pass in the Duddon Valley part of the Lake District National Park, Cumbria

Uphill trek: Cyclists on a roadway through Wrynose Pass in the Duddon Valley part of the Lake District National Park, Cumbria

Green backdrop: Two riders prepare to ascend up a hill during a cycle around the Goyt Valley area of the Peak District national park in Derbyshire, England

Green backdrop: Two riders prepare to ascend up a hill during a cycle around the Goyt Valley area of the Peak District national park in Derbyshire, England

Gruelling road: The Hardknott Pass is the steepest road in England with inclines of 25-30 per cent - it is at the head of the Eskdale Valley in the Lake District National Park

Gruelling road: The Hardknott Pass is the steepest road in England with inclines of 25-30 per cent – it is at the head of the Eskdale Valley in the Lake District National Park

The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia returns to the Scottish Highlands on Sunday May 21 and is a staple event in any keen cyclist’s calendar.

Those wanting to avoid missing out on the occasion should visit www.etapecaledonia.co.uk before it’s too late.


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