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Adventure challenge by bike


We've all had to find new ways to get outside and explore locally. And there's no better way to do that than by setting yourself a challenge, big or small, but something that will entertain you is a must! Mountain Bike guide Julia tells us how she's been doing just that.

Top tips for cycling locally

14/05/2020 10 mins read

Cycling is a great way to your local area and enjoy the great outdoors. We’ve pulled together some top tips to help you get back on your bike and make the most of your time on two wheels.

Active commuting to work


GetOutside Champion, Debs Butler loves cycling to work. Come rain or shine she's does her journey by bike. Here’s her 7 tips for an enjoyable cycling commute to work.

National Cycle Network added to OS Maps!

19/07/2019 All of Great Britain

We teamed up with Sustrans to create a FREE layer in the OS Maps Web. That’s 16,575-miles of traffic-free and quiet on road cycling and walking routes to explore!

The Kintyre Way by bike

28/11/2018 Scotland

The Kintyre way; 100miles of waymarked, unexplored natural beauty in the Kintyre peninsula that stretches from Tarbert to Machrihanish. Known for being a long-distance walking path, recent changes mean it's now rideable too.

Best parks for cycling in London

15/10/2018 London

London has gained a justified reputation as one of the greenest cities in Europe. Despite its size, the city has managed to cram in a huge amount of green spaces, many of which are ideal for a day’s cycling.

The Isle of Mull – The Long Way Around

21/09/2018 Scotland

While planning to circumnavigate Iceland by bicycle (3000km in 20 days) I found myself in Western Scotland and looking for a long ride which I could use to train my body for the upcoming challenge. A demanding cycle, worth every minute for the beautiful scenery.

The Hebridean Way: 185 miles, 10 islands, 6 Causeways and 4 ferries on 2 wheels

16/08/2018 Scotland

The Hebridean Way, Sustrans route 280, isn't one I'd heard of until recently, but the exposure to brutal Atlantic winds and endless roads through breath-taking landscapes fuelled my urge to do it!

10 traffic-free cycling routes from London

10/07/2018 London

London isn’t always the first place that springs to mind when it comes to group cycling. But with canals, towpaths and green spaces galore, there are a surprising number of traffic-free cycling routes that are perfect for families and groups.

Top 10 lost lanes in the West Country

27/06/2018 South West

OS #GetOutside Champion and cycling guidebook author, Jack Thurston, takes us on a journey along his ten favourite lost lanes in the West Country.

Biking on a budget

11/06/2018 Scotland

Cycling is a great way of getting out there at low cost. OS champion Anna Hughes recently undertook a cycling adventure for less than £50, including transit, accommodation and food. Here’s how she did it.

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