Celebrate summer with a cycling and camping adventure

Cyclescheme, 05.05.2016

Celebrate summer with a cycling and camping adventure

Now that summer’s here at last, why not make the most of the warmer weather with a camping adventure on the National Cycle Network? 

Sustrans has picked out some lovely campsites conveniently close to the Network, so you can use them for a base for exploring or as a stopping-off point on your trip.

Best for yurts and teepees
The Strawberry Line
 is mainly traffic-free and passes marshes, cider apple orchards and steep wooded valleys. Take a break at historic Axbridge before arriving at the spectacular Cheddar Gorge, then head to Cheddar Petruth Paddocks to stay in a yurt.

The Strawberry Line
Best for camping near the sea
Enjoy a 15-mile trip from Berwick to Lindisfarne, finishing at Holy Island. Base yourself at Berwick Seaview Caravan Club Site to enjoy spectacular views of Northumberland.

Best for woodland adventures
The New Forest Ride is six miles each way and takes you on a lovely tour of the New Forest, travelling from the pretty village of Brockenhurst to the Forestry Commission’s Holmsley Campsite. It offers direct access to forest walks and safe cycling tracks, ideal for exploring nature with the family.

New Forest Ride

Best for camping pods 
The South Coast Promenades route provides a great opportunity for a traffic-free ride along the sea front to Saltdean or Worthing. Stay at the Brighton Caravan Club Site in one of their fun camping pods.

Best for riverside life
The Peregrine Path straddles the Wales/England border, following the River Wye from the historic town of Monmouth in south east Wales to Goodrich in Herefordshire. Along the way you’ll find Symonds Yat East Riverside Camping, a family-run 20-pitch campsite on the riverbank.

Peregrine Path

Best for urban camping
London's Docklands and Lea Valley
 is a 26-mile ride starting at the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage site, running past the Isle of Dogs and onto the Lee Valley Regional Park. Here you’ll find the Lee Valley Camping and Caravan Site, a tranquil site with great facilities.

Best for camping in a National Park
Pencelli Castle Campsite
 is in the heart of the Brecon Beacons and a perfect base to explore the area. The Brecon to Monmouthshire Canal towpath runs right along the edge of the site too.

Brecon to Monmouthshire Canal

Best for spending time at a farm
Hull to Fakenham is a long-distance route, but you could cycle the section between Kings Lynn and Ringstead, which is a more manageable 17.5 miles. You’ll find Courtyard Organic Farm two miles to the east of Ringstead. Basic accommodation is available in a converted barn.

Best for Lough-side life
The Strangford Lough Cycle Trail is 100 miles long and circumnavigates the Lough. It’s easy to choose smaller sections to cycle and it's traffic-free in Newtownards, Downpatrick and Comber. You could base yourself at Delamont Camping and Caravanning Site in Killyleagh – it’s perched on the shore of the lough and is a well-kept, 62-pitch family site.

Best for caravanning
If camping isn't your thing then the Caravan Club has lots of brilliant sites across the UK. The York Rowntree Park site is right on the York to Naburn route. As you leave the site just follow signs for National Route 65.

Find the best rides near you with Sustrans’ favourite regional routes.

Like your camping with a little background music? Read our guide on how to travel to festivals by bike.

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