Bistro bike destinations

Cafe on the Mawddach Trail

A well earned cake stop

A bike leaning in front of Whitstable Harbour

Whitstable is known for its oysters

A brewery in Saltaire

Saltaire, where you'll find a great brewery

A route sign near Swansea Bay

Having welsh cakes in Swansea is a must

You can use Sustrans' National Cycle Network to travel to foodie hotspots and sample some of the best treats the UK has to offer. And by combining it with a cycle ride, it's guilt-free chomping!

1. Whitstable's oysters

The Crab and Winkle Way takes you all the way from the cathedral city of Canterbury to the harbour in Whitstable. Enjoy its weatherboard cottages, stroll down Squeeze Gut Alley and sample the local seafood. If you don't feel up to the ride back, you can get the train from Whitstable to Canterbury East station, changing at Faversham.

2. Melton Mowbray pies

Home of the pork pie, Melton Mowbray is well worth a visit. Route 64 starts out on the Northamptonshire-Leicestershire border at the pretty town of Market Harborough and travels north to Melton Mowbray. 

3. Padstow's pasties

You can't go without a pasty in Cornwall and The Chough Bakery in Padstow were crowned winners of the 2016 World Pasty Championships. The Cornish Way makes up part of Route 32 which travels right into Padstow. Heading eastwards, the route then travels to Newquay, Cornwall's most popular holiday destination.

4. Ludlow, the food lovers' town

No culinary tour of the UK is complete without a stop in the beautiful town of Ludlow. Ludlow has a long tradition of selling quality local produce and has its own brewery, a high street with a number of traditional butchers and lots of great restaurants. Shropshire Castles Cycleway takes you through Ludlow and into its surrounding countryside, where you can visit six fantastic castles.

5. Afternoon tea at Betty's in Harrogate

Betty's is an institution and its only two minutes away from the Harrogate to Ripley cycle route, which begins at Harrogate station. Betty's has been there since 1919 and has over 300 breads, cakes and chocolates. Why not treat yourself to an afternoon tea with miniature sandwiches and handmade cakes and scones - yum!

6. Arbroath Smokies

The Arbroath Smokie is a type of smoked haddock and a local speciality of Arbroath in Angus, Scotland. The Dundee to Arbroath cycle route takes you to the quaint, seaside town where you can sample this delicacy, made using a traditional method dating back to the 1800s.

7. Real ale, Leeds

The Aire Valley Towpath passes through urban areas and tranquil countryside, connecting the shopping mecca of central Leeds with nearby Bingley. The highlight of the route is Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has amazing architecture, galleries and antique shops, and as luck would have it, an award-winning brewery, where a pint of Cascadian Black comes highly recommended. Or two if it’s a cold day…

8. Cadbury World, Bourneville

A short detour (1.5 miles) from the Rea Valley Route that runs from Birmingham to Kings Norton Park, you'll find Cadbury World, home to some of the UK's favourite sweets. Whether you love Whispers, Crunchies or Flakes, you'll find them all here!

9. Welsh cakes, Swansea

A slight detour from the Celtic Trail into Swansea Town Centre takes you to Wales’ largest indoor market. Here you can sample the amazing freshly baked welsh cakes and some other traditional Welsh dishes, including spicy bara brith, laverbread and fresh-out-of-the-sea Gower cockles.

10. Fish and chips, Brae

Winner of the 2015 Fish and Chip Shop Awards and also the No.1 Fish & Chip Shop in Scotland, Frankie's Fish & Chips in Brae is a must for lovers of this classic British dish. It is also Britain’s most northerly fish and chip café and takeaway, so its a bit of a trip, but National Route 1 will take you there.

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