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A cycling vacation: A good New Years’ resolution

It’s that time of the year where you are struggling to eat another salad, the leftover Christmas chocolate is still tempting you, and your resolutions are slowly breaking down. However, our resolutions shouldn’t be seen as a daunting task, and can even be fun and invigorating. So why not take a cycling holiday?

Cycling is a fun and healthy way to exercise. It can be used as a mode of transport as well as helping the environment with less emissions. Cycling not only improves your cardiovascular health but also your fitness. The sport suits those with arthritis of the lower limbs as they do not cause impact to the knees and other joints.

The UK offers many scenic routes that are worth cycling. Here are some highlights of the UK cycling scene:

Whitehaven to Whitby passes through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks following quiet country lanes, stopping in interesting quaint towns like Keswick and Appleby.

Throughout the Yorkshire Wolds you will witness breathtaking sceneries of gently rolling chalk hills and valleys. There are an array of minsters and abbeys to be seen in the many small towns and villages that you will cycle through, including Pocklington and Beverley.

If castles and vineyards sound like your cup of tea, look no further than Suffolk, where a relaxed cycling tour will take you through quiet rural market towns such Framlingham for some real relaxation.

Cycle around Norfolk by starting from the extraordinary Breckland Heaths, to the beautiful coast of North Norfolk coast, and finally to the famous Broads.

A variety of tours exist, so make sure that you pick a tour which is either challenging enough for your stamina, or if you prefer a more gentler pace, is not too heavy going.

Wake up in heaven

For those bored with an ordinary accommodation there is a place where they can try something new and wake up in heaven. The House in the Clouds in Thorpeness Village on the Suffolk Heritage Coast is different to any other holiday place.

This building, designed in 1923 to store a basic water supplies for the village, now offers 5 bedrooms, 2 of which have double beds and 3 with twin beds and an additional double sofa bed 3 bathrooms, drawing room, dining room and the splendid ‘room at the top’ giving the finest views of Suffolk. Place is well equipped, with  a dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine/dryer, colour television, full gas fired central heating, table tennis, lawn tennis and boules available.

The building is circa 70 ft high and has 68 stairs, but the ingenious staircase provides a small landing and resting seats in between each floor making it very easy to cope with.

Thorpeness was originally a small fishing hamlet. In 1910, estate owner Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie bought the whole area and began to develop a planned model holiday village ‘for people who want to experience life as it was when England was Merrie England.’ Now Thorpeness is a small seaside village, mainly holiday destination, with about 400 citizens in winter and over 1 600 people in summer. At the end of August the regatta on the Meare is organized there. House in the clouds is one of the highlights of this place.

If you are interested in some other unusual accommodation spots in United Kingdom read our article available here.