While many people prefer to head to the warmer climates of mainland Europe for a cycling holiday, there are some fantastic British routes to explore too, and some great bike-friendly hotels in the UK to help you make the most of them.
We’ve written this article to share our pick of the best cycling hotels in the UK we’ve come across during our travels. They’re a mix of the hotels we’ve most enjoyed staying in or most wanted to stay in.
So read on to see what makes these some of the best cycle-friendly hotels the UK has to offer.
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UK bike hotels: Comparison table
|Lympstone Manor||Exmouth, Devon||£££||Click here|
|Royal Hotel||Ventnor, Isle of Wight||£££||Click here|
|Hartsfield Manor||Betchworth, Surrey||££||Click here|
|Steeton Hall||Steeton, Yorkshire Dales||££||Click here|
|Hipping Hall||Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria||£££||Click here|
|Royal Oak Hotel||Rosthwaite, The Lake District||£££||Click here|
|Caldon View||Innerleithen, Scottish Borders||££||Click here|
|Moffat Independent Hostel||Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway||£||Click here|
Bike hotels in England
With stunning coastline and the beautiful Dartmoor National Park, Devon’s cycling trails offer plenty of variety, along with a good mix of challenges for different experience levels. It’s also home to some of the best hotels with bike hire the UK has to offer.
Lympstone Manor, Exmouth
Lympstone Manor is a beautiful five-star manor house hotel in Exmouth, with fine Georgian rooms and a gorgeous estate that guests can explore. It’s a little north of the town, with easy access to roads into Exeter.
You’ll be able to store your own bike at the hotel, or hire one from the hotel itself – there’s no extra charge, so you can pack light and still enjoy the excellent routes within a short distance.
- We love: The luxurious restaurant and bar where you can relax at the end of the day with a fine wine.
- Be aware: Rooms are pricey, to reflect the quality of the hotel.
- Best for: A special getaway combining long treks into Dartmoor with fine dining at night.
Other bike hotels in Devon
Read our in-depth guide to cycling Devon.
Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight has over 200 miles of cycling roads, along with some beautiful coastal views to enjoy while riding. If you’re interested in UK cycling holidays that can be combined with a beach break – bearing in mind the unpredictable British weather – there are few better places.
Royal Hotel, Ventnor
The Royal Hotel is a four-star hotel in Ventnor with a number of great features, including a conservatory dining area and an outdoor pool where you can relax after a scenic bike ride when the weather allows.
You aren’t able to store your bike in your room, but there is a separate bike store where staff can store it for you overnight. There’s also bike hire available nearby with the hotel able to direct you if needed.
- We love: The food, including great lunch and dinner options.
- Be aware: Only staff are permitted in the bike store, so you can’t use it for bike maintenance.
- Best for: A relaxing escape with a range of riding and great dining
Other bike hotels on the Isle of Wight
Read our in-depth guide to the island, which includes details of where we stayed.
With the chance to experience the famous Box Hill climb, or enjoy winding roads through forests and quaint villages, a road cycling holiday in the Surrey Hills is a great choice. There are some great cycling hotels in the region to choose from, as well.
Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth
Hartsfield Manor is a well-appointed four-star hotel set in the Surrey countryside near Betchworth. The hotel combines its Victorian origins with contemporary influences, so rooms are stylish and extremely comfortable but without lacking character.
It’s a great hotel for cycling, with bike storage and laundry facilities available. You can also book cycling break packages, which include a 1 or 2-night stay, breakfast and dinner, packed lunches and guides to the local routes.
- We love: The helpful team who are knowledgeable on local cycle routes.
- Be aware: You’ll need to go to Dorking for bike repairs, so bring a basic repair kit.
- Best for: A cycling package break with everything included.
Other bike hotels in Surrey
Read our in-depth guide to the region.
The Yorkshire Dales is a prominent destination for cycling holidays in the UK, thanks to its inclusion in the Tour de France and UCI World Championships. There are some fantastic roads, some tricky inclines, and some amazing views to enjoy.
Steeton Hall is a short distance from Keighley and a few miles south of the Yorkshire Dales, so it’s a great base for exploring. The four-star hotel is comfortable and modern, with free parking and a restaurant serving good, simple food.
There’s overnight storage available for your bike, but if you need any repair work done then you’ll need to head to nearby Cross Hills, just a couple of miles away by road.
- We love: The homely atmosphere that welcomes you back every evening.
- Be aware: Beyond bike storage, there aren’t really other cycling facilities at this hotel.
- Best for: Exploring the local villages and scenery on your journey into the Dales.
Other bike hotels in the Yorkshire Dales
Read our in-depth guide to the region, which includes details of the hotel we stayed in.
Cumbria and the Lake District
The Lake District is known for its outstanding beauty, but in the cycling community, it has a reputation for some killer climbs. This isn’t the place for beginners’ cycling holidays, but offers some great challenges for more experienced riders – and the views are ample reward.
Hipping Hall is a three-star hotel housed in a 16th Century house in Cowan Bridge, set in its own expansive grounds, with a stunning 3 AA Rosettes restaurant and modern rooms. It’s a quiet space to relax, without the bustle of some of the busier towns in the Lakes.
The hotel is actually located south of the Lake District and on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, so is perfect for anyone who wants variety from their cycling holiday in the UK. Although on-site facilities are limited, Kirkby Lonsdale is a couple of miles away for hiring or repairing bikes.
- We love: The amazing staff, who welcome you with fresh parkin on arrival.
- Be aware: Dinner is a fixed menu every night rather than a la carte.
- Best for: Exploring the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales from one base.
Royal Oak Hotel
The Royal Oak Hotel in Borrowdale is situated at the heart of the Lake District, with some fantastic biking routes nearby. The hotel itself is a three-star former tavern with a cosy lounge and snug where you can unwind and swap stories of your day’s cycling adventures with other guests.
The hotel has undercover storage for your bike, with basic repair tools provided along with an outdoor hose for cleaning at the end of the day. The hotel is also close to the Coast to Coast route for any adventurous cyclists planning a longer trip.
- We love: The relaxing atmosphere and warm welcome back every evening.
- Be aware: The hotel doesn’t get too many cyclists and so isn’t registered with the Cumbria Tourism Cyclists Welcome Award, but it does happily accept guests with bikes.
- Best for: Taking on some of the Lakes’ best climbs, then enjoying a hot meal with great company afterwards.
Other bike hotels in the Lake District
Read our guide on cycling in the Lake District.
Bike hotels in Scotland
Scotland is home to some of the best cycling accommodation in the UK. There are some superb places you can visit for a Scotland cycling holiday, whether its breathtaking views in the Highlands, the Borders or the picturesque south west.
Caddon View is a pleasant country guest house rated four stars, situated in the tranquil village of Innerleithen and just 30 miles south of Edinburgh. Rooms are individually decorated and very comfortable, while the on-site restaurant provides hearty meals with a modern twist.
There are multiple bike shops within walking distance if you need to hire a bike or repair yours, while the local cycling routes offer an excellent choice of difficulties depending on your ability and the challenge you’re looking for.
- We love: The wonderful countryside views and the friendly bike stores nearby.
- Be aware: Most cycle routes do include time on (relatively quiet) A-roads.
- Best for: Touring the borders or setting off early to bike to the capital Edinburgh.
Moffat Independent Hostel
Don’t be fooled by the word hostel – Moffat Independent Hostel is a four-star luxury getaway that’s perfect for cyclists or anyone else who is a fan of the great outdoors. Situated in Moffat, it’s well placed for cycling holidays down to the Galloway Forest Park or around the whole Borders region.
There is a secure lock-up for your bikes, and a separate washing area to keep your equipment clean. A self-catering kitchen is available if you want to prepare your own meals, while provisions for lunch can be bought from the hostel too.
- We love: The comfortable, well-appointed rooms and handy cycling facilities.
- Be aware: Moffat has plenty of shops and pubs if you don’t want to cook for yourself.
- Best for: Group cycling bookings, or anyone interested in exploring south-west Scotland.
Other bike hotels in Scotland
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