8 Favourite Cycle Routes to Enjoy the British Autumn!

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Volt logo in front of Autumn trees

As the British weather gets colder and more people are opting to stay indoors. Sometimes it is easy to forget that some of the most awe-inspiring cycling routes are right outside peoples doorstep. Before you lock the door and wait for Spring to come around, these routes will give you a thrill while also letting you appreciating the amazing Autumn colours.


Hampshire, New Forest, Brockenhurst to Holmely Station

There are few places in the UK better than the New Forest to enjoy the spectacular colours of Autumn. Surrounded by ancient woodland and wild countryside, this is a cycle ride you won’t forget in a hurry. 

Distance: 13 miles

Map & details: https://www.mapmyride.com/sc/victoria-english-river/holmsley-to-brockenhurst-route-6811219

Looking for a place near Hampshire to buy or demo a volt e-bike? Try Haslemere Motors

Devon, Exe Estuary Trail

As well as the fresh Autumn sea air and warm Autumnal colours, the Exe estuary is a particularly good place to spot migrant birds heading south for the winter. This beautiful 22-mile route is an ideal place for a pleasant cycle ride with a flat, traffic-free path. With an e-bike you’ll be able to complete the route still feeling fresh!

Distance: 22 miles

Map & details: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/exe-estuary-trail/

If you’re looking for a local electric bike dealer checkout Exmouth Cycle Hire


Nutbrook Trail, Derbyshire

This route takes you through 700 beautiful acres of Shipley Country Park. Best enjoyed over autumn, the Nutbrook trail starts at Long Eaton and runs for 10 miles past the Erewash Canal and River and finishes at Shipley. With plenty of reserves left in a Volt battery, you’ll be able to head back at whatever pace you like!

Distance: 22 miles

Map & details: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/nutbrook-trail/

The Bike Shop Derby is a great local bike shop that can help you with trying and buying an electric bike. 


Cardiff to Castell Coch

Castle Coch from A470” by RJMorgans / CC BY-SA 3.0

This exciting route offers a little bit of everything, and on two wheels you’ll be able to take in more at a pace that feels comfortable to you. Beginning at Bute Park and following an eclectic mix of river, forest and railway paths, there’s a wide range of nature and scenery to enjoy. 

Distance: 9 miles

Map & details: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/cardiff-to-castell-coch/

Sunset Cycles in Cardiff can offer expert advice for anyone looking to try out a Volt Bike


Windermere, Lake District (Starting in Kendal)

Trees, Mountains and Lakes; what more could you want from an Autumn vista?! Enjoy the seasonal colours reflected in the stunning waters of Cumbria’s most iconic lake. Take on the infamous inclines of the Lakes at your leisure with an e-bike that will still leave you with enough juice to make it back to Kendal. 

Distance: 10 miles

Map & details: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/ride-to-windermere/

If you’re looking for an electric cycle in the Lake District you can either visit our Penrith dealer Arragons Cycle Centre or head south to Morecombe where Bays Bikes will be only too happy to help!

Transpennine Trail (Sheffield to Rotheram), Yorkshire 

This may sound rather urban but Sheffield boasts being one of the greenest and most wooded cities in Europe. With 4.5 million trees in 180 woods, it seems there’s no better city to enjoy the Autumn spectacle! This relatively short cycle route doesn’t just take in the green space, it’s also full of historic buildings as well as some modern including the iconic meadow hall! In Rotheram Clifton Park offers a beautiful spot to stop and rest before heading back either on the train, but with plenty of battery left on your Volt why not just pedal back too! 

Distance: 7.5 miles

Map & details: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/sheffield-to-rotherham-via-meadowhall/ 

Sheffield’s Langsett Cycles are one of our key Yorkshire dealers and offer a great local spot to try and buy Volt!

Northern Ireland

Belfast, Comber Greenway

A pleasant traffic-free route that is part of the National Cycle Network and enjoys a good mix of scenery. As well as the Autumnal colours, you’ll also get views of the iconic Harland & Wolff Cranes and the Belfast Hills.

Distance: 7 miles

Map & details: http://www.cycleni.com/37/comber-greenway/

Slane Cycles are a long-standing partner with Volt and are great ambassadors for our bikes in Belfast.


Glen Affric, Highlands, Scotland

It doesn’t get more dramatic than the Scottish Highlands and Glen Affric is a picture-perfect spot to soak in some autumn colours! With over thirty miles of native woodland, you and your electric cycle will be in for a treat! 

Distance: 10 miles

Map & details: http://www.mtbtrails.info/Trail_Venue.aspx?VenueNumber=235 

Our e-bikes are really popular in Scotland and not far from Inverness, you’ll find the friendly team at Dryburgh Cycles can help you find the right Volt for you!