There's nothing better in those hot summer months than treating yourself to a tasty ice cream cone or yummy tub of sorbet to cool off during your bike ride.
But with so many great ice cream shops to choose from, which one should you try?
Well sit back and relax, as we've asked our teams across the UK to give us the scoop on their favourite ice cream shops on or near to the National Cycle Network.
Located in the Titanic Quarter just off Route 99, the Paper Cup is one of the latest shops to join our brilliant Pedal Perks scheme – a cyclist loyalty scheme in East Belfast.
They have a selection of tasty ice creams with a choice of toppings and sauces. And if that’s not enough to get you jumping on your bike and heading over there, they’re also offering 10% off the bill for anybody riding a bicycle.
Just a 99 flake’s distance from National Route 76, S. Luca’s has been making ice cream on the east coast of Scotland since 1908. From the classics like strawberry and vanilla, to the more adventurous such as New York Lime Cheesecake and Stracciatella – whatever you’re craving there’s sure to be a flavour to satisfy.
There’s also a great selection of sorbets including a twist on the classic Scotland drink: I’rn Bru sorbet. But it's the passion fruit sorbet we recommend you look out for - delicious!
This friendly, family run ice cream and sweet shop is truly scrumptious. Michele has over 30 years’ experience in the ice cream business and he really knows his stuff when it comes to creating yummy flavours.
Whether you fancy vanilla or mint choc chip in a cone or in a cup, the Ice Cream Factory has it all. And if you’re all about the extras, you can top your ice cream off with a selection of wafers and sauces. Give the Scottish Tablet ice cream a go – it’s their bestseller and a flavour not to be missed.
National Route 1 is home to lots of ice cream stops, and Di Meo’s definitely tops the list. The shop is about 20-metres from Route 1 and they also have a kiosk on the route along the seafront too. Their homemade gelato is freshly made by hand every day using the finest milk sourced from local dairy farms.
Latest flavours include pistachio and Amarena cherry, chocolate and rum truffle, and the super summery ‘Di Meo’s Spritz’ – prosecco sorbet with a bitter orange aperitif ripple (please consume responsibly!). This cycle-friendly shop is also hoping to install a bike repair stand outside.
This little hut at Home Farm in Beningborough is the perfect pit-stop to pull over and refuel on your journey. It’s open from 10:30am – 6pm during the summer months, but it is weather dependent so be sure to check before visiting.
Parkgate is renowned for its delicious ice cream shops, and Nicholls is certainly no exception. Making ice cream for over 75 years, there’s nothing these guys don’t know about crafting truly tasty flavours.
The shop overlooks the Dee Estuary and is just a stone’s throw away from Route 56, the best place to stop and enjoy an ice cream with a view. And with dozens of flavours to choose from, why not reward yourself after a bike ride with two or three different scoops? The perfect reward after a sunny bike ride.
Cadwaladers’ ice cream story started in 1927 and they’ve been serving their famous vanilla ice cream ever since. The recipe is a closely guarded secret and offers a unique and enticing taste – perfect for those hot summer days.
The pleasant and cosy shop coupled with the friendly and warm staff make it an ice cream stop you won’t forget. And it’s not all about the vanilla (even though it’s certainly scrummy), there are loads of other tasty flavours available with a choice of cones (including gluten-free), flakes and toppings-galore.
Tucked away in the beautiful valley of the Brecon Beacons, Llanfaes Dairy is definitely not one to be missed. This family run, Italian-style artisan ice cream parlour has more flavours than you can imagine so it’s guaranteed to have one that tickles your taste buds.
Our South Support Officer Ella shared her secret flavour-ite combo: “My all-time favourite has to be a double cone of Mango Yoghurt with Raspberry Pavlova – it’s unbeatable!”
Situated in a spacious old station building with a sun terrace overlooking the beautiful Monsal Trail, Hassop Station is a must-see when cycling along National Route 680.
As well as delicious ice cream sundaes sourced from a local Peak District dairy, they also offer a range of bike hire for adults and kids including e-bikes, tandems and trailers.
Located along Route 16 in the lovely seaside resort town of Southend-on-Sea, Rossi has been making award-winning ice cream in Essex for over 85 years. And their Lemon Ice sorbet picked up a prestigious national award from the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA).
And if that doesn’t tempt you enough, they have a huge array of fabulous flavours to choose from including a new Candy Crush range in alliance with the popular global gaming brand of the same name. Why not give all three a go?
Located in the popular Kingsmead Square, Swoon is a great place to stop off and cool down with a tasty ice cream when cycling along National Route 4.
They use the finest ingredients – including locally sourced Somerset milk – to create 11 scrummy flavours of sorbet and gelato. And to top it off they dream up five new seasonal flavours each month for you to try too!
There’s plenty of bike parking available nearby so you can lock up your bike and keep both hands free for your gelato.
Perched right on the Plymouth Hoe and overlooking the breath-taking Plymouth Sound harbour, the Coffee Shack is a great place to stop when cycling along Route 27.
They have a range of Italian ice creams, but it’s the Devon special which is the one to look out for – vanilla with clotted cream for just £1! Our Plymouth Schools Officer has the scoop:
“For affordability and sheer views the Coffee Shack can’t be beaten. The Devon special is a delicious and bargain joy of an ice cream that tastes so great. They’re open for business in all weathers too!”