How to explore the Cantii Way, England’s newest long-distance cycle route

As well as their growing network of new cycle routes, Cycling UK’s latest charity trail runs 145 miles around the Kent and East Sussex countryside, starting and ending in the village of Wye, near Ashford.

The road takes its name from the ancient Celtic tribe Cantii, which Julius Caesar encountered during his conquest of England in 54 BC, and from which Canterbury and Kent derive their names. Described by Cycling UK as “equal parts culinary and cycling tour”, it aims to combine favorites such as Whitstable, Canterbury and Dover with some of the lesser-known rural treasures of the Garden of England and beyond, including orchards, vineyards, tea rooms, farms and oasthouses. Best of all, however, is perhaps the route’s accessibility – it can be tackled all at once or split into stages over a few days, with stops accessible by train.

In North Yorkshire, the 12-mile Market Town Trail was launched earlier this year, mixing Ryedale’s lush landscape with some of the county’s best food offerings. The trail connects Malton, considered the foodie capital of Yorkshire, to Pickering, home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. It also provides a welcome link between the various trails of the Yorkshire Wolds, the North York Moors National Park and the cyclist’s paradise of Dalby Forest. There’s also the prestige of cycling here: the area will host British Cycling’s national road racing championship series in August and the Tour of Britain in September.

Bikepacking fans, meanwhile, will want to tackle the 185km East Devon Trail, which was launched in May. It starts and ends at Exeter St Davids station making it easy to get to, but quickly veers off the beaten track and into Devon’s famous countryside, home to freshwater marshes and peaceful woodland, and also dives in neighboring Somerset and Dorset.

Three more trips on two wheels

Ride and rave in Ibiza
Sunny rides, gourmet barbecues on the beach and tips from Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish – a former and current cycling pro, respectively – are all on offer with this trip to Ibiza recently launched by luxury tour operator LeBlanq. In addition to rides ranging from 37 to 99 miles, there’s also sunrise yoga, poolside drinks, and even massages from dedicated trainers. Expect Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong to join you too, not only for the after party, but also for an appearance on the pedals. 20-23 October 2022. From £2,795.

Reach new heights in Switzerland
With over 200 miles of cycle paths, the mountain resort of Laax has long attracted mountain bikers eager to test their mettle. A flowing enduro route, the Segnes Trail, is set to be launched by the resort in August, connecting directly to the Runca Trail – one of the longest flow country trails in Europe. Departing from one of the oldest mountain huts in the region, the Sentier des Segnes will keep mountain bikers busy with its slaloms, jumps and steep paths, all amidst spectacular alpine scenery.

Test your mettle across Europe
If you want to try mountain biking and push your limits, then the Cent Cols Challenge may be for you. The demanding 10-stage courses are not for the faint-hearted, so the addition of new six-stage events (with a rest day halfway through) is a welcome adjustment to the schedule. The two new six-stage challenges take place in the Eastern Alps and Pyrenees. The CC6 Alpes du Nord takes place from July 4 to 10, 2022, while the CC6 Pyrénées-Orientales takes place from September 26 to October 2, 2022.