Europe is home to some of the best cycle paths in the world. Featuring picturesque landscapes, pitstops in renowned cities and an introduction to numerous different cultures.
These top five cycle trips in Europe are a perfect adventure getaway this summer. So, what are you waiting for? Hire a Brompton and jump on a plane or a train to explore the best cycle paths Europe has to offer.
- Bolzano to Lake Garda
This gentle and leisurely ride takes you through some of the most beautiful Italian scenery, as it follows the Adige River downhill to the blissful serenity of Lake Garda. This mainly flat ride is perfect for all cyclists of any experience, either as a solo-ride or part of a cycling holiday with a tour guide. This cycling trip is best to schedule for April-October to take advantage of the warmer summer days and lighter nights.
- Danube cycle path
The Danube path is one of Europe’s first cycle paths and still remains a very popular one today. It follows the Danube river from Germany to the Black Sea, crosses half of Europe and covers around 1,800 miles from start to finish. The most popular route to take is through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and finishing in Hungary, as this path is more developed than further along the river. This most popular route from Passau to Budapest usually takes 14 days and averages at 30 miles per day.
- The Cornish Way
This 180-mile cycle from Lands End to Bude on the Devon Border forms part of the National Cycle Network. There are two alternative routes to take, either through Padstow or St Austell. You can also take an easy detour to the tranquil seaside town of St Ives. This ride, minus the detour, takes roughly four-days to complete, making it the perfect August bank holiday weekend getaway.
- Flanders Beer Routes
Cycle from pint A to pint B with this route that takes you on a tour past traditional Belgium breweries. With numerous different guided cycles to choose from, all ranging between 20 and 30 miles, this is the perfect weekend trip combining cycling, Flemish landscapes and famous beer.
- Scottish Coast to Coast
If you’re looking for a more challenging cycling trip then take on this 190-mile route through the Scottish Highlands, containing mainly off-road cycling and mountain biking. This adventure starts in Fort William and finishes in Montrose on the East Coast, introducing you to everything Scotland has to offer along the way from breathtaking views to lively local pubs.