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you jumped up indie pricks.
Are hills a problem? Places with hills tend to be quite scenic.
Otherwise, East Anglia - miles and miles of flat land next to water ways that tends to have relatively good weather. Nice pubs plus the coast depending on where you head.
Also, driving or sticking the bikes on the train?
Prolly driving (don't want to be 'that guy' on the train)
Not that it matters that much. Most intercity trains have bike racks in the luggage carriage so you just stick them on at the start and pick them up at the end.
Wherever you go in The UK tends to end up being fairly scenic on a bike provided you stick to B-roads as these tend to link up the network of small villages.
...within easy reach, in addition to East Anglian, you've got The South Downs (quite off roady depending on what bikes you're on), The Costwolds, round The Isle Of Wight, all within easy striking distance and all well nice.
there's a train that runs from Kings Cross to Kings Lynn (about 1h40) and then you have a choice of either cycling up to the north Norfolk coast from there (about 15-20 miles) or sticking your bike on a Coasthopper bus and starting your cycling somewhere more scenic. Both bus and train are well-used to "that guy" with his bike on the train - as long as you avoid the rush-hour trains, nobody will mind.
Costs nothing but you need to reserve a place.
I think more people should cycle in central London. During rush hour so you can feel the excitement of being 'a part of it all'
Don't really know what its gonna be like but should be alright. You can pre-book bike places on long train journeys and they've got a little part of the train especially for bikes, apparently.
Only approachable on foot or boat - or by flagging down the train :)
I think we're going up nearer Norwich though but not sure where we're training/cycling from. Might be able to pass it on the way home before hopping on the train home.
Lincolnshire wolds are well underrated. Go round from youth hostel to youth hostel ending in Lincoln: great stuff.
East Anglia for flatness (but can be subject to intense sidewinds). Round near the broads is lovely, as is the North Norfolk coast.
Also had a family cycling holiday in Northumbria: near Bamburgh castle and all that. Well good.
My favourite road in the whole world for cycling is the B709 between Eskdalemuir and Innerleithen - so peaceful, so beautiful.
It's... incredible. You won't believe until you've seen with your own eyes.
I love it there.
not sure you'd* get a bike up there though....
* you probably would. I wouldn't, I'd have to walk it.
Beautiful, quiet, feels far enough away from London that you're actually on holiday. If you change your policy about being 'that guy' on the train, Virgin Trains have bike racks that you can reserve that don't get in anyone's way, and the train from London to Oxenholme/Penrith/Carlisle is really quite fast.
The Howgills just to the south are a much better bet for peaceful cycling. Failing that, the Isle of Mann. Easily done in a weekend of cycling, it's like the Pennines next to the coast. See for yourself how the world exists inside David Cameron's mind.
Anywhere along the high-peak railway route/tissington trail. The monsal trail is favourite, a beautiful scenic ride http://www.peakdistrictinformation.com/visits/monsaltrail.php