Top 10 bike rides for fun days out with friends

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If you’re looking for a great day out with your friends then look no further. Whatever you’re interested in, the National Cycle Network can take you there. And when you travel by bike the journey will be as fun as the destination.

For foodies

The Glasgow Waterways Loop takes you on a great tour of the city, starting and finishing at Speirs Wharf. 

Cail Bruich on Great Western Road is a slight detour from the route but well worth it. Offering modern Scottish cuisine since 2006 and winning many awards since including Entertainment Awards Scotland's Best Restaurant in 2013 and 2014 and recently featured in The Sunday Times 100 Best British Restaurants.  

Whisky aficionados

The Causeway Coast Cycle Route not only takes you past a world heritage site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but conveniently travels past the 400 year old Bushmills Distillery. Stop in and sample their wonderful array of single malts.  

Countryside caperers

The 95 mile Dartmoor Way is a new circular cycling route around Dartmoor - the largest and wildest area of open country in southern England. It can be done over a couple of days or you could attempt to do it in one.

Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this route is a challenge.

Culture vultures

If you like art then Baltic to Bill Quay cycle route is perfect. 

The route starts and finishes at the BALTIC, a major international centre for contemporary art housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne.

Fashion fans

The Sheffield to Rotherham (via Meadowhall) route takes you between two of South Yorkshire’s main urban areas along the canal and the River Don Valley.

It passes the shopping mecca of Meadowhall along the way where you can shop to your heart's content.

City slickers

If you’re a hip city slicker, then the London Docklands and Lea Valley ride through East London is perfect. 

Taking you through some of the area’s best loved green spaces including Hackney Marshes, there are lots of cafes and pubs along the way.

Sports fans

Whether you like rugby or football, a visit to the Liberty Stadium in Swansea is a must. 

Home to the Ospreys and Swansea City FC the Swansea Valley cycle ride takes you right past its front gates. 

Animal lovers

The Cycle to the Wash route takes you from King's Lynn to Shepherd's Port via the RSPB reserve at Snettisham where you’ll be able to spot a variety of birds and other wildlife.

History buffs

The Skipton to Bolton Abbey route on country roads takes you from the bustling market town of Skipton with its impressive castle, along quiet lanes through beautiful countryside, ending at the magnificent ruins of Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales.

Adrenaline junkies

The Afan Valley route travels between Port Talbot and the gorgeous Afan Forest in south Wales.

With world-class mountain bike trails you can really test your mettle. Don't worry if you turn up on a road bike, there are bikes available for rent there.

Afterwards make sure you kick back with a cold drink from the café and soak up the amazing panoramic views.

Get more ideas for great days out from our walking and cycling inspiration.

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