Best of British: Cycle Rides

From the hills to the vales, cycling enthusiasts from across the country identify the best and most scenic routes the UK has to offer

Union Canal, Scotland

Helen Curry

Union Canal, Linlithgow

This flat journey along the Scottish branch of the Union Canal is a favourite with Helen Curry of the sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

“Follow the towpath along the northern bank of the canal and cross the River Avon on the 12 arches of the aqueduct,” says Helen. “You’ll pass the ruins of Almond Castle before you get to the Falkirk Tunnel.”

At over 2,000 feet long, you’ll be cycling through Scotland’s longest canal tunnel. From here, you’ll meet the famous Falkirk Wheel.

“This is world’s first and only rotating boat lift,” says Helen. “By far the best way to experience it is to take a boat journey that lifts you 115 feet into the air.”

This ride is just one of the hundreds of traffic-free routes that have been developed by Sustrans.