Extraordinary Places for a Cycling Adventure – Part 1
To make a list of the “top places” or “best destinations” to cycling seems to be something of a herculean task, after all there are so many great and beautiful locations in the world and the great think about cycling is that you can do it almost anywhere. Instead of doing this I’m just going to provide you with some of the more interesting places you can visit with your bike in tow. Some of these you may never heard of and some you most certainly will have but I think there will be something here for any enthusiastic cyclist to sink their wheels into.
Taroko Gorge National Park, Taiwan
The Taroko Gorge National Park is the number one tourist attraction in Taiwan and it’s easy to see why. It’s a marble walled canyon that stretches roughly 19 km beside the east coast where the island meets the Pacific Ocean. The Park is also connected to Taipei via the Central Cross-Island Highway which is often considered to be one of the most thrilling, not to mention scenic roads in the entire world. There’s so much to take in and enjoy whilst here, rocky cliffs, temples and shrines and suspension bridges with some breath-taking views. This is a great place for anyone who appreciates adding a bit of history and culture to their adventures.
Scotland is something of a rural wonderland for cyclists. The highlands are filled with open plains, steep climbs and a stunning landscape that is often noted as one of the most awe inspiring in on the planet. The North is a particular must visit for anyone interested in riding through this fair country, particularly the Western Isles where you’ll find some of the quietest roads in the UK, perfect for going at your own pace whatever that may be. It’s here that you’ll find the Applecross Path which is consistently voted the best climb in the UK. As well as the great cycling opportunities Scotland is steeped in history, landmarks and of course whisky distilleries, if you’re staying here and you enjoy a good whisky, you’ll certainly want to look at visiting one of these and trying some of the drink that Scotland is so well known for.
The Shimanami Kaido, Japan
Japan might be better known for its bustling hi-tech cities and prominence in the car industry but there are plenty of rural areas here which are great for cyclists. Though it may not be an overly challenging route the Shimanami Kaido is a 40-mile cycle and pedestrian bridge that winds across an array of beautiful small islands in Japans Hiroshima prefecture. You can hire bikes here at several points along the route and there are plenty of diversions along the way for an even more scenic route further from the road. This is a trip that’s perfect for those that might want to bring the whole family along with them and go at a leisurely pace.