I have spent lots of time cycling around New Jersey, Hampshire, Cambridgeshire (and the UK in general). This page collects my favourite rides, plus documents a Land's End to John O Groats trip I completed in 2021.
Enjoy the rides :-)
This is a nice ride south of Cambridge, with some hills in the middle, ideal for an after work ride in the summer. Read more
I’ve cycled Cambridge to Oxford several times and this is my favourite route. It’s scenic and quiet for the most part without being overly long. Read more
We did this ride from Penzance to Plymouth as a week’s holiday (with plenty of sightseeing) in 4 sections. There are ferries along the route, so this would not work as a continuous ride. Read more
A great ride from Melton Mowbray to Cambridge. I did this a while ago and it was good fun. The start is pretty hilly, but after half way, you enter the Fens which are dead flat. Can be unpleasant if it’s windy!
This is a lovely 20 mile route from Princeton. Read more
This is my favourite relatively direct route to Lambertville and back, and is ideal if you want some time to spare in Lambertville as it’s quite quick. Read more
A nice loop that goes over the Sourlands twice. You can stop for food and drink at Murphy’s Crocodile Inn in Neshanic (roughly half way) or the Peacock Inn at the bottom of Lindburgh Road.
We stayed in Penzance on the first night, so we did the loop out to Land’s End in the evening after we arrived. Makes the first full day a little lighter. Beautiful ride.
The first full day of cycling on the trip. We rode down to the Lizard to get the southern-most point of Great Britain into our trip. Read more
This is a beautiful but difficult ride, almost entirely on country lanes. A lot of climbing along the way!
A great ride, very quiet with some nice scenery. This is also a fairly tough day, being quite long and hilly.
This is a very nice ride until the Avonmouth Bridge, and then somewhat less scenic as we cross the industrial area between Avonmouth and the Severn Bridge. Read more
This was a beautiful ride, mostly on really nice country lanes. The ride down into Shrewsbury was great, with excellent views out over the flatter country to the north.
The first half of this ride was good. However, the section around Warrington and Wigan wasn’t particularly scenic. We were glad to use the canal to get into Wigan - it had a good surface and was relatively peaceful.
A really nice ride through the hills and lakes near Wigan, and then on to the Forest of Bowland. A pleasure to cycle, with lots of nice views and very little traffic.
Lovely start, with a beautiful but challenging climb out of Ingleton. The rest of the day was also very scenic, with mostly quiet roads. An easy end to the ride, being almost entirely flat from Shap onwards.
A really pretty day. The route from Carlisle up to the Scottish border is easy, albeit fairly boring. In Gretna, it’s a good idea to stock up on lunch as there aren’t any shops further along the route from here. The rest of the ride from Gretna through Eskdalemuir Forest is really beautiful and remote.
This route passes through Edinburgh, which is a great place to stop and have lunch/do some sightseeing. The ride to Edinburgh is very scenic. The route after Edinburgh to Perth is less beautiful, but crossing the Forth was quite interesting.
This route mostly follows the National Cycle Network along the route of the A9, which works well. It’s fairly scenic, although sticks to the valley floor. The ride over into Laggan from Dalwhiney is very nice - this is the nicest section of the ride.
We took General Wade’s Military Road through Melgrave over to Fort Augustus. This is off road and as we were on road bikes, we walked around 3 km of the ascent. Most of the decent is ridable and it’s really beautiful. Read more
A fantastic ride along very quiet roads. This was an easy ride for us because we had a tailwind. I could imagine it being difficult with a Northerly wind given it’s very exposed for most of the way.
Follows the coast, with nice views and gentle climbs. We went to Dutton Head, which was really nice (lots of puffins) and also Duncansby Head (after John O Groats) which is spectucular, with giant rock pillars.