When it comes to cycling holidays, the UK’s up there with the best of them. We give you the low-down on where to put your electric bike through its paces this summer.
In the age of cheap air travel, it’s easy to forget that some of the most scenic and awe-inducing cycle routes are right here in the UK. But if you are thinking of swapping the airport check-in for a staycation this summer, turns out you’re not alone. The latest Visit Britain figures show that Brits took 120 million domestic holidays in 2017 (up 1% on the previous year)1. With summer around the corner, there’s never been a better time to get off the beaten track and see what the UK really has to offer.
Your cycling staycation, sorted
When you holiday at home, there’s no fuss, no check-in queues, and no passport required. All you need is the right e-bike and a destination and you’re ready to go. We’ve got Volt dealers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland ready to help you with the first part, but it doesn’t stop there. If you’re not sure where to head, we’ve done the legwork for you – with a run-down of the UK’s best cycling holiday destinations for summer 2019.
1. The Scottish Highlands
Hills? No problem. One of the main things our customers love about Volt bikes is the pedal assist feature, which makes cycling uphill a breeze. And you’ll need it in the Highlands: it’s hilly, but so worth it. From the wildlife and the incredible views (riding sandwiched between a loch and a mountain? Yes please!), to the sense of complete and utter freedom, take your Volt bike to Scotland’s north west… You won’t regret it.
In fact, with in-built Shimano STEPS crank drive and more than 70 miles’ capacity in just one charge, our beyond-advanced Hybrid Volt Infinity makes light of even the toughest ascents. Don’t just take our word for it: see what happened when the Infinity took on the steepest hill in the UK – Scotland’s infamous Bealach Na Bà – and won.
2. The Lake District
Open road, forest, easy routes, punishing inclines: the Lake District National Park has it all. Whether you’re a beginner or a serious bike obsessive, there’s something for everyone – and again, with an e-bike there’s no need to fear the mountainous terrain. And don’t forget, for every steep climb, there’s a free-wheel down, with the promise of breath-taking lakeside scenery and fell views that will be the cherry on top of your trip.
There’s even a Windermere Bike Boat: lake crossings that are designed specifically to help cyclists discover more of the local area. And you can keep going for longer in the Lakes with the Volt Pulse X: equipped with a larger battery as standard, for a boundary-pushing 80-mile range that’s made for exploring
If you’re looking for epic cycling routes without going abroad, look no further than Carmarthenshire (or Wales’ cycling hub). With beaches and mountains, forests and rivers, its landscapes and terrain have to be seen to be believed. This is Britain’s awesome outdoors at its finest, and the best way to get your fix is to experience Carmarthenshire by bike – so saddle up and let your Volt take you over some of the UK’s most beautiful National Cycle Route trails. Need help deciding which model to choose? With tough performance and easy rideability, our Volt Apex Hard Tail Electric Mountain Bike is perfect for tackling the thrills and spills of this dramatic Welsh landscape.
Cornwall’s Camel Trail is made for cycling. Following the disused London and South West Railway line, it’s 18 miles of (mostly) traffic-free countryside, linking Padstow to Wenford Bridge. It also passes the Camel Estuary, home to some of England’s rarest wildlife. Trust us when we say this is no ordinary stretch of water. The Estuary’s coastal views are like nothing else in the UK, and the ride along the level Camel Trail is laid-back and hassle-free. Our brand new special edition Volt Pulse SE will help you cover the miles and tour the unique coastal villages with ease. Its built-in pannier racks mean you can take a picnic too (or carry home all the souvenirs you’ll inevitably pick up from the quirky local shops on your way!).
5. The Norfolk Broads
With more than 125 miles of serene waterways, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Norfolk Broads National Park is just for boaters. But with nature reserves, stunning coastline, country paths and sleepy villages to explore, the Broads by e-bike really is something to behold. The wildlife alone makes it worth the trip – so if you want to get back to nature, the Broads are the place to be. There’s a lot to see, so our advice is to take it slow. Keep it simple with our classic Volt Metro e-bike: a favourite with commuters and caravanners alike. It’ll sail (pun intended!) across the flat paths of The Broads, and it’s foldable and compact enough to bring aboard a boat if you’re hitting the water for a day trip or overnight stay.
Completing your trip
Choosing where to go should be the hardest part of your staycation. Let us make finding the right electric bike for your holiday – and your budget – easy. Call us on 020 7378 4728 or find your local Volt Bikes stockist.