Biking along with your Valentine – Halfords

Valentine’s Day is the proper time to do one thing with the folks we love essentially the most, and what higher journey than a pair’s bike journey? You get to benefit from the spectacular surroundings of our stunning nation and get some contemporary air when you’re doing it.

No matter journey you’re planning, we’ve bought every little thing it is advisable to put together on your journey – plus plenty of concepts for the proper route.

Get kitted out

Time for a brand new set of wheels? Whether or not you’re into mountain biking or street biking, you’ll discover loads of bike choices at Halfords.

We’ve additionally bought all of the bike equipment you want, plus an important vary of biking clothes for all weathers and circumstances (you may even decide matching outfits)!

Earlier than hitting the open street, be sure to do a full bike test and repair to make sure it’s in tip-top situation. You will get all of your bike upkeep bits and repair spares from us. If you happen to’re not so helpful with a spanner, select from one in every of our service packages and your bike can be road-worthy very quickly.

Whether or not you want coaching collectively or touring collectively, listed below are 5 simple rides you could take pleasure in. These routes are appropriate for street bikes, mountain bikes and hybrids, so there’s one thing for everybody!

Two-Tunnels Path

The enduring Bathtub Two Tunnels route will see you tackle a 13-mile tour round gorgeous Somerset. Ranging from the centre of historic Bathtub, this route takes you thru the quarter-mile-long disused Devonshire railway tunnel earlier than getting into Combe Down, the UK’s longest biking tunnel.

Head previous Dundas Aqueduct, an excellent piece of 18th-century structure spanning the River, earlier than reaching the top. If you happen to’re thirsty in spite of everything that (and who wouldn’t be?), cease on the Wheelwrights Arms in Monkton Combe for a scrumptious pub lunch.

Wandle Path

Discovering inexperienced area in London will be robust, however the Wandle Path is a traffic-free, 12-mile route (proven as a loop beneath) that provides you a breath of contemporary air.

Beginning on the River Wandle in Wandsworth the course takes you to East Croydon Station, by way of three London boroughs. You’ll be capable to benefit from the heritage and historical past of this typical chalk stream within the industrialised panorama of South London and move by means of Wandle Park and Carshalton Ponds en route.

Millennium Coastal Path

The Millennium Coastal Path is a tranquil inexperienced hall that provides unimaginable views of the gorgeous Gower Peninsula. This seven-mile, family-friendly journey begins on the Discovery Centre in Llanelli and finishes at Pembrey Nation Park.

Alongside the best way, you’ll be capable to see the Duport Steelworks, Ashpit Ponds Nature Reserve and the brand new marina at Burry Port earlier than reaching the Pembrey Forest. It’s a spot of outstanding pure magnificence, with uncommon botanical wildlife together with 35 species of butterfly, migrant songbirds and birds of prey offering the soundtrack to your journey. Finish the journey with an excellent and well-earned portion of fish and chips by the ocean.

York To Naburn

Beginning on the historic metropolis partitions of York, this gorgeous 10-mile route travels south alongside the River Ouse and passes historic parks, sculptures and bridges to Naburn.

Maintain your eyes peeled for native landmarks, together with the spectacular Millennium Bridge (with its Ice Cream boat), Knavesmire Wooden and Bishopthorpe Village.

The primary 5 miles from the Photo voltaic System Greenway, the well-known scale mannequin of the Photo voltaic System! If you happen to want liquid refreshment or a slab of home-cooked cake, then observe the Greenway to previous Naburn Station the place there’s an important café.

Aviemore To Boat of Garten

The pure great thing about Scotland can actually be loved on two wheels. This penultimate part of the Speyside Means, Aviemore to Boat of Garten, offers selection and mountain views.

This six-mile-long stretch will see you journey north from Aviemore railway station to the village of Boat of Garten by means of heather-covered moorland with views to the northern Cairngorms – you’ll be able to even loop again on your self to complete again at your begin level.

Take your time to benefit from the unimaginable wildlife recognizing alternatives and hold an ear out for passing steam trains on the historic Strathspey Railway. Whenever you arrive in Boat of Garten, also referred to as the ‘Osprey Village’, cycle to the north aspect to go to the RSPB reserve at Milton Loch. End the path on the finish of the Strathspey Steam Railway the place you’ll be able to take pleasure in a well-earned cup of tea or espresso.