Eco Escapism | 25th October 2023
Pedal power: the best eBiking holidays in the UK
Your essential guide to electric adventures
Thinking of embarking on an eBiking holiday?
The British Isles now offer a wealth of great destinations with eBike-ready trail centres and bike parks, as well as city attractions and stunning countryside to explore.
This year has seen a huge increase in specialist eBike hire operators, and it’s no wonder; cycling is one of the most sustainable ways of exploring a destination, leaving the smallest possible carbon footprint.
Combining the joy of traditional cycling with a powerful electric boost, eBikes have revolutionised the way we explore landscapes, enabling riders to effortlessly conquer hills and enjoy longer rides. And the good news is that many of the UK’s finest hotels now have a fleet of the latest eBikes for guests to enjoy as part of their stay, as well as concierge services to arrange guided cycling tours and experiences.
We’ve picked six of our favourite eBiking holiday locations for memorable electric adventures…
The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey is one of the very best places for eBiking in the UK thanks to its captivating blend of stunning coastlines and historic landmarks. And exploring this island paradise on an eBike allows you to effortlessly navigate its hilly inland terrain. Pedal along the scenic Corbière Lighthouse route, taking in breathtaking ocean vistas and quaint villages as you go. Specialist operators like Evolution Cycles offer guided adventures, ensuring you uncover hidden gems while embracing the island's unique charms.
Where to stay: Beachside hotels don’t get much more magical than The Atlantic - a five-star peach of a retreat with instant access to golden sands and a wealth of fine dining and onsite leisure facilities. And when you’re ready to peel yourself off your sun lounger, the hotel also provides complimentary use of premium eBikes.
Sussex boasts a diverse landscape, from rolling countryside to bustling towns. With eBikes, you can effortlessly explore the South Downs National Park, passing through pretty villages and verdant meadows. The historic attractions of Arundel Castle and the seaside of Brighton become easily accessible. You’ll find many bike hire operators dotted around the region that can also recommend well-curated routes, ensuring a seamless and enriching experience.
Where to stay: Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, situated above Climping Beach near Arundel, has eBikes for guests to explore its 30 acres of parkland and local attractions on its doorstep. With its delicious spa and candlelit restaurant, this five-star haven is arguably the best hotel in West Sussex. You can ride through Sussex countryside on the hotel's eBike to stay at sister property, Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa.
Touring around on an eBike is arguably the best way to discover the quintessential and picturesque English countryside of the Cotswolds. Traverse through honey-hued villages, along meandering rivers, and amid undulating hills or pedal through picture-perfect places like Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold. And for great adventures, Cotswolds Electric Bike Tours offers a choice of tailored itineraries as well as eBike rentals, making your journey through this timeless landscape both enchanting and convenient.
Where to stay: Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa offers a five-star hotel experience in the heart of the Cotswolds countryside. Its Michelin-starred restaurant, inviting spa pool and sumptuous guest rooms all add to the wow factor - and a fleet of quality eBikes are also at your disposal.
While Devon boasts many beautiful coastal routes to explore on two wheels, the rugged terrain of Dartmoor National Park offers a thrilling experience that is perfect for adventurers. eBikes enable you to effortlessly conquer challenging inclines, granting access to breathtaking viewpoints like Haytor Rocks - an impressive granite outcrop on the vast upland of Dartmoor where you can see for miles or explore ancient stone circles and quaint villages, all while relishing in the moorland's wild beauty. Specialist operators like Dartmoor Ebiking offers guided tours that unveil the park's rich history and natural wonders.
Where to stay: Check-into Lewtrenchard Manor for the perfect base for your eBiking holiday. Tucked away in a secluded valley beneath Dartmoor’s wild tors and moors, this beautiful manor house offers a luxury retreat at the end of your cycling adventures.
You’ll find a wonderful choice of cycling options along the banks of The River Thames but few spots are as enchanting as the timelessly elegant Henley-on-Thames. Biking along its riverside trails offers a leisurely exploration of this picturesque town or gliding past regal mansions, tranquil waterways, and the renowned Henley Royal Regatta course. Saddling up for a guided eBike tour provides a seamless way to discover Henley's attractions while enjoying the convenience of ebike technology.
Where to stay: Relais Henley is a simply stunning riverside boutique hotel. Ideally located in the upmarket historic town of Henley-on-Thames, it offers incredible waterfront views and a feast of fine dining and drinking options.
Immerse yourself in the Georgian grandeur of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A delightful means of transport, eBikes are perfect for discovering the beautiful Regency streets and crescents, as well as the city's ancient architectural marvels such as the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. And cycling along the scenic Kennet and Avon Canal path, soaking in the picturesque surroundings is not to be missed. Bath Cycle Tours offers guided rides that seamlessly blend history, culture, and the joy of eBiking.
Where to stay: For Michelin-starred dining experiences, and a deluxe award-winning spa, as well as 500 acres of glorious parkland to explore on your bike, the five-star Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa is a little piece of paradise.