A self-catering break in a holiday cottage is ideal for a cycling holiday. Staying in your own space gives you full control of your itinerary, allowing you to make the most of your time for adventure, and relaxation.

Here we look at some of the UK’s best holiday cycling routes and their surrounding areas.

The Camel Trail in Cornwall

Stretching some 18 miles from Padstow to Bodmin Moor, the Camel Trail follows the route of a disused railway line that makes for an ideal cycling route, as it’s both arrestingly scenic and largely traffic-free.

Cyclists access the route by following the Camel Estuary before going into the wooded Camel Valley and joining the route there. The trail takes you inland, to the edge of Bodmin Moor, finishing close to the pretty village of Blisland.

The Camel Trail is great for a family cycling holiday as it’s both safe and easy to access and ride on. There’s plenty of opportunity to stop off at charming seaside towns and enjoy the beaches and wildlife.

Holiday cottages in Cornwall provide the ideal base from which to explore the area by bike.

picture by Suzy Dubot

Cader Idris, Snowdonia

Some of the best cycling in Snowdonia is around Cader Idris, in the southern part of the region. This is mountainous country, a lot less sedate than Cornwall’s Camel Trail, but with its own rewards in what you can see and experience.

The scenery takes in high peaks, beautiful, tranquil lakes at Cregennen, and charming villages and towns, like Dolgellau, sheltering under Cader Idris mountain. Other points of interest to take a break from your cycling to see include the tranquil Dysnni Valley, the dramatic Birds’ Rock (or Craig-yr-Adern), and the ruins of Cadtell-y- Bere.

There are plenty of holiday cottages in or near to Snowdonia, offering you a choice of accommodation where you can relax after a day’s cycling in the mountains.

The Jurassic Coast, from Devon to Dorset

This huge stretch of coastline, some 95 miles, isn’t necessarily something you’d tackle in its entirety on a cycling holiday, but it offers plenty of opportunity to explore selected areas of natural beauty and charm.

The coastline between Exmouth and Swanage is particularly good for cyclists, as you explore its narrow seaside lanes. It is hilly in parts – Peak Hill is a designated National Hill Climb – but there are also plenty of beaches for when you want to take a break.

Navigation is easy, if you keep the sea right next to you by following the roads that keep it in sight. There are plenty of lovely towns to explore, including Lyme Regis and Sidmouth.

Choose a holiday cottage in Devon or Dorset, load up your bike, and get ready to explore.

The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway

If you want a holiday with a real cycling challenge, then consider the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway, with its 130-mile circular route that takes in a large area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The idea is to start and finish in Skipton, but in fact you can choose different sections along the route, depending on your fitness level, and how much energy you want to use. You can explore the Yorkshire Dales at a relaxed pace by only covering, say, a section of the route a day.

There are challenging, hilly climbs offset by exhilarating descents; quiet country lanes and charming towns and villages.

There is an excellent range of places to look at when choosing your holiday cottage in Yorkshire, where you can relax after your days out in the saddle.